We have so many wonderful new faces around Ensworth this year. I love watching the new little ones navigate the lunch space and then perform some impressive balancing acts trying to get all their yummy food to their table without losing a morsel. In addition to all the eager new students, we have some brand new faculty we will be introducing you to every Monday. Our first guest is Director of Curriculum Bobby Mirzaie.
I grew up in Oklahoma and went to college at the University of Oklahoma. Then, I took a variety of teaching and coaching positions in Texas, Oklahoma, and California. For the last nine years, I worked at an independent school in Phoenix, Arizona, while simultaneously getting my master’s degree at Arizona State University and now wrapping up my doctorate at Northeastern University. I am so excited to be at Ensworth. My family and I are incredibly appreciative of the amazing support we have received from the Ensworth community. Also, we love Nashville and have been exploring this wonderful city nonstop.
What goal do you have for the Ensworth curriculum for the 2014-2015 school year?
To facilitate conversations with faculty so they can share examples of their masterful craft. Also, to understand what the teachers’ aspirations are toward moving the curriculum and instructional practices forward and working collaboratively with our incredible team to make it happen.
What would you define as some of the greatest strengths of the current curriculum at both campuses?
The greatest strength is how the curriculum is brought to life by our teachers and students. On both campuses, I have witnessed countless examples of incredible inquiry, discourse, problem solving, and reflection.
What can we find you doing on the weekends?
Enjoying time with my wife, Jane, and our two little kids, Madeleine and Mark, at Sevier Park or the one with the awesome dragon. I also enjoy watching sports, running, and cooking.
Current books on your bedside table right now.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts, by Susan Cain; Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman; and Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager.
If you could be a fly on the wall in any Ensworth classroom which one would it be?
That’s a perfect question for me, because that is what I do everyday. For example, today I observed a 1st grade physical education class, a 4th grade music class, Latin and English classes in 6th grade, an 8th grade science class, and an AP Government class with juniors and seniors. I wasn’t just a fly on the wall in that class. I took the quiz that the students were taking. Unfortunately, I earned a low grade, so I need to go to Jeanne Hubert’s tutorial session tomorrow for extra help.
What new faculty member would you like to see featured next?
I think you will love to talk with the witty, musical, and teacher extraordinaire, Elias Salazar.