List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    Dorm Head of Middle School (the sophomore girls' dormitory), a member of the Horse Department, and a faculty advisor to the Human Rights Club.
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    I wandered into the barn area when my husband, Pete Fagan, was interviewing for a math teacher position. I have always been passionate about horses and seeing the barn facilities and all those horses got me really excited.
  • Favorite Thacher teaching moment

    There have been many when it comes to teaching riding. I would say that when I see a student suddenly put all the pieces together and be able to cue the horse in the proper way, the horse just following the feel of the student, it’s pretty cool.
  • Since you asked me to brag, here are the professional accomplishments I'm most proud of

    In my many management roles prior to Thacher, I was most proud of creating a work environment that was fun and fostered teamwork and collaboration while helping people achieve their goals.
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    Making something. I love working with my hands using a variety of mediums—fabric, paper, cement—nothing is off limits!
  • Favorite job perk

    Having a horse to ride any time I want.
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    On a trail with my horse overlooking the Ojai Valley.
  • Favorite place in my imagination

    Any place that is near water!
  • Favorite place on earth

    Birch Island in Lake Winnipesaukee, Gilford, New Hampshire.
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    For the past 25 years, I have been doing a cartwheel on my birthday. I’ll be doing one again this year!
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    A veterinarian. 
  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)

    Ah, that’s so hard to say! We are constantly growing and learning. I guess I am doing just what I should be doing at this moment in time. I always want to be content, happy, challenged, and connected to family and friends.