1) Your official title at Ensworth is History and Grade 10 Sponsor. What would you say an average day for you looks like? I try to get to my office by 7 a.m. to get ready for the day. This includes the obligatory pot of coffee for our commons. This semester I am teaching World Studies, War and Peace, and Comparative Religions. My free periods are spent preparing for future lessons or grading past assignments, meeting with students, or working on other professional duties, such as Class Sponsor or working on the curriculum for our Kenya Trip this summer. Then, after school I head off to coach the EHS JV Baseball team.
2) If you had to teach just one time period in history which one would it be? There are really two answers here. First, in terms of a time period, I am fascinated by the Byzantine Empire mainly because it transcends most definitions of “time period” since it originated as the Eastern Roman Empire in the 4th Century and lasted until the fall of Constantinople in 1453. By studying the Byzantines, you can nearly study the totality of both ancient and medieval history. My second area of study, however, is not a time period but rather a subfield of history – maritime history. Growing up on the west coast, you could not escape the importance of humanity’s relationship with the sea.
3) What’s the one thing you hope your students leave your class knowing more of? It is my hope that students in my classroom continue “The Search for Truth” once they leave. Thus, I hope they know how to question appropriately, can weigh evidence, and understand that perception is not always reality.
4) If you could be a fly on the wall in any Ensworth classroom which one would it be and why? I would love to be anywhere in the Arts Building to observe the incredible artistic talent of our students.
5) What’s the last book you read? I normally have a few books going at any given time – some for school and some for fun. For example, I just finished Dialogues About God with my Comparative Religions class and I am almost finished with The Others by Ryszard Kapuscinski. For fun, I always have a stack of historical fiction on the nightstand – the most recent being Heresy by SJ Parris.
6) What faculty member at the Red Gables campus would you like to see profiled next? Whitney Earhart