A: They are so earnest, and they crack me up on a daily basis. I love the way we form a class bond, and it is so strong by this time of year. Many days, I don’t even have to finish my sentences; they finish them for me.
Q: Once you get into the middle school as a student, you get to take some trips! What is your favorite MS trip you have chaperoned and why?
A: I love the sixth grade white water rafting trip we take every year. When the kids are asleep, the chaperones play practical jokes on one another. One year, Tim Wallace, Keith Crowe, and Tim Desmond (who no longer teaches at Ensworth) sprayed some foul-smelling spray in the female teachers’ cabin. You should have heard Mary Sarratt Perkins screaming across the camp grounds. Chaos and mayhem ensued. Another year, mice invaded the female cabin, and we had to wake the guys up to make them deal with the problem. I also loved chaperoning the Belize trip with Mr. Corzine and Mr. Crowe this past summer. The students were just amazing.
Q: What would we find you doing on the weekends when you aren’t working?
A: On the weekends, I usually spend time with my mom and fiancé. I also love painting, practicing piano, and walking Smooch the Wonder Dog with Mrs. Terwilliger in the park. It’s hard for me to sit still.
Q: A great benefit of being a teacher means you get the summers “off”. How do you plan to spend your summer this year?
A: This summer I am going to Ecuador. I went to South America years ago to visit friends in Uruguay, but I wasn’t able to make it up to Ecuador. I love Andean cultures. I appreciate the amount of time and effort they put into their beautiful textiles. I hope to learn more about the people and customs of Ecuador.
A: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the first grade pet show. Those poor cats in pet carriers—one year a cat got loose, and the dad had to coax it down from a tree near the library. The kids are so proud of their pets.
Q: Who is a faculty member on the HS campus that you would like to see featured next?
A: Dina Marks