Q: This is your first year teaching at Ensworth! Tell us about yourself. Where did you come from? Were you a 2nd grade teacher? How did you find out
about the school?
A: I grew up in New York City at The Brearley School, a private girls’ school, and then went to Kenyon College in Ohio where I
studied theater. I returned to NYC to get my Master’s Degree in Education at Bank Street College while working as a co-operating first grade teacher at The Buckley School (a BOYS’ private school, this time). The focus of my Master’s was on developing service curriculum for early elementary students.
When my then-boyfriend/now-husband started Dental school in Iowa City, I moved there too (he is from Iowa, it isn’t as random as it seems!). I taught a class of 1st-3rd graders for four years at a public
school in Iowa City. I loved that multi-age approach that allowed me to watch my students grow over a three-year span.
We moved to Connecticut for my husband’s practice and I taught first grade for a year at The Independent Day School in Middlefield. I took some time off to stay home with our children, then worked as a reading Title One tutor and long-term substitute in area schools.
My cousins both married women who are Ensworth alumnae (Eleanor Fuqua Williamson and Lissa Smith). They knew that I was ready to return to work full-time and that my husband hoped to leave dentistry and encouraged me to send a resume to Ensworth.
Q: Being from outside the “Ensworth Bubble”, what has been your first
impression of the school? What are some things that you love about what
A: I am so thrilled to see the breadth and depth of Ensworth’s commitment to service. There are so many opportunities for students of every age to take part in improving the world around them. From the pre-first graders collecting pennies for Habitat for Humanity to the independent projects of The Devon Farms seniors, students are continually engaged in global thinking.
Also, the facilities at the high school are all so amazing. I was floored by our ‘new teacher’ tour. The black box theater and dance studio were particularly dreamy for me. They almost had to drag me out of there.
A: I have three young sons (5,7, and 9), so most of my ‘free’ time involves getting homework done and trips to the playground. My family and I enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities, and when the testosterone in my house gets the
better of me, I am a runner (not fast, but frequent).
Q: You are not only a new teacher, but an Ensworth Parent. What have been
some great experiences that your sons have had at Ensworth as well as
your experience as a parent?
A: My fourth grader is wild about learning robotics with Mr. Crowe. My rough – and –tumble second grader is newly a knitting machine, thanks to Ms. Smith. As their mother I am, of course, thrilled that they are excited about books and new math skills. Ensworth is more challenging than the school from which they came, and the fact that they are
coming home full of wonder about what they are learning is a testament to their teachers and to Ensworth.
Q: What have been some of the fun Nashville things you have been doing
since arriving to town?
A: Hmmm… Vanderbilt (and Ensworth!) football games, music and fairs at
Centennial Park, strolling in Hillboro Village, art at The Frist, perusing the downtown library, taking in The Adventure Science Center, nature walking at Radnor Lake, Free Day with the Symphony at The Schermerhorn and lots and lots of afternoons at Dragon Park!
Q: Who is the next faculty member from the High School that you would like to see featured?
A: Lindsay White