List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    In addition to teaching English, Im the Director of Studies, which means I oversee our academic program. Im also an alumna.
  • Most memorable Thacher camping trip

    My junior year at Thacher, day four of fall camping trips in the middle of the Hetch-Hetchy wilderness when Mr. Bird pulled out of his giant backpack a head of Romaine lettuce and the ingredients for homemade Caesar salad dressing. Perfection.
  • Since you asked me to brag, here's the professional accomplishment I'm most proud of

    Implementing our X-block elective program, which invites students to expand their scholarly horizons through high interest, inquiry-based, experientially focused courses that are just a little out of the box.
  • Favorite job perk

    Come by my office and check out the view.
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    I played rugby at Amherst College. I was a freshman looking for a peer group; it was a confusing time.
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    A soap opera star.
  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)

    Really good at what I do.
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    Trying to keep up with my twin daughters and husband—biking, climbing, skating, hiking, swimming, dancing, running, wrestling. Its exhausting!
  • Favorite place in my imagination

    My lunch dates with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
  • What my students call me

    LadyBPiddy
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    The observatory. Its where I got engaged and lived as a newlywed and where Thacher is now launching a research-level observatory as part of our science curriculum. Plus it really knows how to show off a Thacher sunset.
  • Favorite place on earth

    Swimming in the ocean waves.
  • The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without

    Today its Uptown Funk, but tomorrow itll be Bachs “Cello Suite No. 3” and the day after that itll be The Bluest Eye, and the day after that itll be Season 3 of The Wire. Ill keep you posted.
  • I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when

    Mr. Mulligan cornered me at one of my reunions and told me I was making a big mistake by teaching anywhere else. It was threatening, flattering, and inviting all in one.