It may not be a big surprise, but I always loved school. I loved the structure of the bells, I loved crossing out assignments in my planner, and I especially loved my teachers. Some teachers remarked that it seemed like I lived at school, and if I could have, I certainly would have.
I attended Grinnell College, an SLAC (Selective Liberal Arts Consortium) in the cornfields of Iowa, with the help of my English teacher's recommendation, attracted to the prospect of debt-free college, and the opportunity to run. I spent the majority of my time in the Athletic Department, where coaches from all sports, not just my own, invested a substantial amount of time in guiding my personal growth. These coaches took the time to love, serve, and develop me, with no personal gain (and quite a bit of personal sacrifice) involved.
I spent the majority of my time in the Athletic Department, where coaches from all sports, not just my own, invested a substantial amount of time in guiding my personal growth.
As I graduated and became a teacher and a coach, I realized just how much time coaches and teachers had selflessly poured into me. I look back and almost feel guilty for having interrupted the planning periods as I invited myself into teachers’ classrooms. They never let on that they likely had a pile of work to do, and I never was made to feel like I wasn’t important and welcome.
As a Middle School math teacher, 7th grade advisor, and a coach of three varsity sports here at Randolph (Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field), I choose to spend a lot of time with students. It can be tricky balancing teaching, coaching, graduate school, and occasionally making time to see my husband. However, it gives me perspective and empathy for our students, who often are working hard to complete the same balancing act. By coaching, I get to see different strengths of students and watch as kids set goals and work towards success outside of the classroom. This helps me focus on what’s most important: the whole student experience.