As head of school, I have the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of Thacher. But the students would probably say that one of my most important roles is hosting Open House!
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 xBlock 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. It’s exhausting!
Favorite place in my imagination
My lunch dates with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
What my students call me
Several years ago I was on a trip with some students who were encouraging me to start an Instagram account. I asked them what my username should be and they immediately responded "LadyBpiddy." I'd never heard that name before, but I could tell they were familiar with it. "Yeah, that's your nickname," they explained, "we just hadn't told you about it yet."
Favorite place at Thacher
The observatory. It’s 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 it’s “Uptown Funk,” but tomorrow it’ll be Bach’s “Cello Suite No. 3” and the day after that it’ll be The Bluest Eye, and the day after that it’ll be Season 3 of The Wire. I’ll keep you posted.
I knew I wanted to work at Thacher when
Former Head of School Michael 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.