Visiting the other side of the world

Visiting the other side of the world

During July 2017, I was lucky to spend ten days in KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, traveling with a group of 14 students from my school and two other chaperones. Although the trip is classified as ‘service,’ it’s much more immersion and...
“13 Reasons Why”: A Reflection

“13 Reasons Why”: A Reflection

Originally published on Malvern Prep Unitas Blog – 5.1.17 “You’re on my tape.” Two periods later, “You’re one of my reasons why.” The next day, “Welcome to your tape.” I listened to these student comments, ebbing and flowing in the normal chatter of a...
Teaching Ben to throw

Teaching Ben to throw

On the day I returned to teaching ceramics after almost leaving the studio for good, Ben arrived after school, eager to learn to throw a pot. When he departed a few hours later with clay on his shoes, he left me with much to consider about my approach to teaching. Ben...
Identity Shift

Identity Shift

A week ago today, my identity changed. In a peaceful, wooded spot, surrounded by trees and dappled sun, I watched as the vet hooked up a catheter to Yale’s neck, then injected the serum that would end his life. His head lowered as I stroked him. It had already been...