List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    I work in college counseling and coach girls' lacrosse.
  • What my students call me

    Ms. Hoop
  • Favorite Thacher teaching moment

    Graduation. It gets me every time. Our graduation is unique—we honor each and every student—and watching a student on stage and thinking about that student's time and growth here reminds me of how special our school is.
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    Hiking a trail, coaching the soccer team that my boys play on, running a Cub Scout den, volunteering at my kids' school, reading a book.
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    Teacher and coach.
  • Favorite places on earth

    The Hill Country, outside of Austin, TX; the 49 Fields in Lakeville, Connecticut; a beach, anywhere; Cascade Head, Oregon.
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    I learned about Extra Day Trips during the job interview process. I wanted to work at a school that clearly values engagement with the natural world, and EDTs are the perfect answer to that.
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    Coaching on the Upper Field.
  • Most memorable Thacher camping trip

    A 2008 EDT with Aaron Snyder. When we began, the temperature was 95 degrees, and we had to change our route immediately because the portion of the PCT that we planned to hike had been wrecked in a recent fire. We bushwhacked our way along a new route, thanks to info from some locals on the porch of the Kennedy Meadows general store. On day five, we had a snowstorm hit at 3 AM. We hiked out that morning in snow and made camp and got a wonderful fire going, which we stoked all day. Throughout the trip, the students were adventurous, intrepid and positive. One freshman said, "This was the best trip ever!"
  • Since you asked me to brag, here is the professional accomplishment I'm most proud of

    Volunteering at College Summit, a non-profit organization that helps students from disadvantaged high schools go to college, in the summer of 2014.
  • The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without

    The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall.