Now I know you have been a part of Ensworth for many years, and you are one of the few who made a transition from the lower school to the high school. How would you compare your two experiences?
In some ways the experiences have nothing in common. My first experience at the middle school involved coming to a school that was well established and I learned how to become a part of Ensworth’s rich tradition. The second experience was more about establishing a new tradition for the high school from its inception. On the other hand, the goal in creating the high school was to capture the Ensworth approach and spirit that existed in the middle and elementary school and carry it to the new high school. In that sense, it is very similar. A high school has a different pace and a different set of pressures than an elementary/middle school, but when all is said and done, the atmospheres of both are friendly, loving and full of joy.
Is there a particular time period or unit in your history classes that you enjoy teaching the most?
I created a unique unit on the Watergate scandal when I was teaching eighth grade American History. It was based on the book and movie, “All The President’s Men” and put the students in the role of the investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. They had to solve the mystery of who ordered the Watergate break-in and cover up, using only the information that was available to the journalist at the time. We were able to have Jim Neal, Fred Thompson and Jeb Stuart Magruder visit Ensworth and heard Carl Bernstein speak at the Jewish Community Center. I have been fortunate to teach the unit once again this past semester in my Contemporary Issues class at the high school.
What’s the last book you read?
Ironically, it was “The Secret Man” by Bob Woodward. I like to always read a book about a lesson I am teaching and this book talks about Bob Woodward’s relationship to Mark Felt, better known as Deep Throat, the secret source used by Woodward and Bernstein to help solve the mystery of Watergate.
Serving as the History Department Chair at Ensworth for most of the 21 years I have been here, I have been fortunate to be that fly on the wall. I have seen some exceptional teaching at Ensworth and have learned from the best including Cris Hempel, Rose Pickel, Bev Roberts, Robert Inman, Nathan Sawyer, Ryan Hews, Joe Brady and Bill Kautzman to name just a few. So if I were to be that fly again, I think I would like to follow Mr. Moseley around for a day. It amazes me all that he accomplishes each day and I am impressed with how he has been a positive force for the school for more than a decade.
What’s your favorite holiday tradition that you look forward to every year?
I love every holiday so it is hard to single one out. If I was forced to select one, I would say I love when my wife and I stay home at Thanksgiving. We always invite some of the teachers who might be alone over the holiday, and Dawn creates a magical meal. It is a pleasure to watch my family celebrate a season of thanks with my Ensworth family. It reminds me how lucky I am to have both families in my life.
Who is the next Red Gables faculty you would like to see profiled?
There are many that I might suggest but Rose Pickel comes to mind immediately. She has been such a positive force in my life and I regard her as a true professional. She loves her work, children, and mostly importantly, teaching children. She represents the Ensworth spirit as its best!