Posts in Admin & Staff

  1. Day 89: Michelle, Assistant to the Middle and Upper School Admission Office

    [ By on February 11, 2013 ]

    The biggest thing that I have found working in here where I meet so many people, I mean so many different people who all have their personalities, is that no matter who it is, what it is—they didn’t find parking, or whatever it is, if you’re kind to them and you listen to them, it makes all the difference, and things can kind of turn around. People say to me, “Michelle, you’re lucky, you work in Admissions, so you always get to see the good side of people.” I say to them, yes, well, this is not an easy experience for the parents or the kids—they’re uptight already, so I don’t need to make them feel more uptight. If they’re ...

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  2. Day 85: Paul, Director of Food Service

    [ By on February 04, 2013 ]

    What did I learn today? Somebody told me something this morning and I said, “I did not know that.” Now who that was, and what that person told me, I have no idea. Here’s something I know. There are certain kids who order the same thing for breakfast every day. Then there are some who order the same thing almost every time. I have learned with some kids not to start their order before they get to the front, because they might change it up on any given day. But some kids will order the same thing every day. Another thing I learn every year. What I learned you would think I already learned the year before, but every year it’s a ...

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  3. Day 80: Julie, Dean of Students, Grade 10

    [ By on January 28, 2013 ]

    Today was the first day back to a regular school day schedule, and I experienced several "revelations.” My revelations were, unfortunately, all sudden reminders of things that I had forgotten to do. After each "revelation," I completed the task and checked it off my list of duties, but I didn't feel a sense of accomplishment or even a sense of relief. All I felt was blah. Sometimes what we learn on a given day is just what it takes to keep things running along smoothly. Julie enjoys spending time with the three 'o's of her home: SungHo, her husband, and Rocco and Bruno, her adorable sons. She has been known to ask one of them for a backrub when all the ...

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  4. Day 71: Kelley, Head of Upper School

    [ By on January 14, 2013 ]

    One of my favorite family trips took place last year when my history buff husband encouraged us to visit Gettysburg, PA, as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approached.  A neighbor challenged my son, 11 years old at the time, to memorize the Gettysburg Address during our visit.  As we climbed Little Round Top and imagined Pickett’s Charge, we heard Abraham Lincoln say, “we can never forget what they did here...”  As we fully understood the impact of those battles, the loss of some 50,000 lives, we appreciated even more the fact that “these dead shall not have died in vain” and that we should be “dedicated here to the unfinished work” that was so “nobly advanced.”  It is ...

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  5. Day 66: KC, Middle School/Upper School Counselor

    [ By on January 07, 2013 ]

    Today, amidst sleepy eyes of students (some jet-lagged, most feeling that way - up hours before their bodies had become accustomed to waking), loud complaints of break never being long enough, and lunch-time discussions about “making it through” until the next long weekend, I found myself feeling, for the first time, just how important routine, and more specifically, work is in my life. Like everyone, I enjoy leisure time, having few constraints on my day and opportunities to come and go as I please. But I also realized acutely that without the structure of my job and high expectations of my daily work, time off would feel much less sweet. It’s easy to think not working and having nothing we had ...

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  6. Day 63: Mike, Dean of Students — Grade Eight

    [ By on December 18, 2012 ]

    Today was my first day back at work since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, and I wish I could say it was a solemn event.  The fact is that it was Monday, like every other, only sadder.  I thought a little about what it meant to have the safety of eighty-nine Eighth graders in my hands, but mostly I thought about how I was going to fit in the next week’s worth of lesson plans. Moving on is not unique to the job – most of us cannot take off from work just because we are disillusioned, hurt, or profoundly sad.  The difference is that going back to work for us means performing.  It means standing up in front of a ...

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  7. Day 58: Nick, Hill Campus Maintenance Supervisor

    [ By on December 10, 2012 ]

    My favorite thing to do is hunt and fish. I do it to relax and also to control the animal population. We don’t have predators, so the deer are overpopulated. With so many houses being built, there is less and less land for the deer. You have to control them or they will take over. I hunt for deer and turkeys, and I fish. Whatever I catch, I eat. By controlling the population you save trees, and you give jobs to conservationists and people working for the environment. They write the permits and regulate the hunting. I go hunting to clear my mind. No work orders, no phone calls, I think about nothing. Being in nature is my best break from ...

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  8. Day 53: Jackie, Registrar and Assistant to the Deans of Grades 11 & 12

    [ By on December 03, 2012 ]

    The past few weeks have been a trying time for someone very close to me - so much so that it inevitably affects me and others who are close to both of us. The effect that the situation has had on others varies from slight concern to worrisome fears to nightmares. Some others who know send their thoughts and prayers, dismiss the situation and move on. As a mother of two children and having worked in an office with many children over many years, I am inclined to feel protective, give comfort in the form of hugs and sincere uh-uhs, give advice to and keep things organized. I am, in my own mind and like most mothers, someone who takes care ...

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  9. Day 48: Laura, Drama Department & Assistant to the Head of School

    [ By on November 26, 2012 ]

    Today is the first day back after Thanksgiving break, and I confess that I found it quite a struggle to get my Tryptophan laden body and home-sick spirit moving this morning.  As I struggled to put on my socks, I wondered if arriving to work hooked up to an IV of espresso would seem strange to my co-workers.  And then it hit me: today was Monday, and Monday is a sketch comedy class day, and therefore a really, really good day.  For the past semester, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to co-teach a sketch comedy writing lab with a wonderful colleague and an equally wonderful group of funny and smart seniors. There is nothing as invigorating to me as a ...

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  10. Day 46: Pat, Director of Student Health Services and Hill Campus Nurse

    [ By on November 19, 2012 ]

    As I assess and administer care to those students, faculty, and staff who are not feeling well, I have learned that when someone comes to see me who is not feeling well, that person usually does  not want to hear that he or she is sick. Students can be heard telling me, "My parents want me to stay in school, I have a quiz or a test or a lab due, I have practice or a game or a tryout, or play practice." Ultimately, "I can't be sick" is the underlying belief. Parents frequently say "he/she needs to stay in school--they have a quiz, test, lab due, practice, game, the play” and often they say, “he/she is faking." Faculty and staff will often tell me, "I can't ...

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