List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • My primary roles at Thacher

    I teach English, advise sophomore girls and work in Middle School, do some writing and blogging for various publications, and, come Saturday night, welcome the whole School into the home I share with Head of School Michael Mulligan.
  • What my students call me

    Ms. Mully (and The Wicked Which of the West when I’m getting on them for leaning too heavily on spellcheck).
  • I knew I wanted to keep working at Thacher when

    I’d already been here for seven monthsthe School was still babystepping into the whole coeducation business and, frankly, a little down on its heels, and I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to stay westand I went for a run (in March! No snow! No ice!) and was tumbled by my first scent-tsunami of orange blossoms.
  • Favorite Thacher teaching moment

    Plural: momentS. Whenever a student’s comment or observation or question gives me a new perspective or teaches me something entirely new. This happens every day, which makes for a lot of favorite moments.
  • When not in the classroom I can be found

    Hiking the hills, pre-dawn, with a dear friend or two; curled up in my chair reading papers or reading a book or writing; in various parts of the Head’s Home, deck, and yards, putting things away or getting things out.
  • Favorite job perks

    Working with colleagues (teachers and staff) so passionate about and expert in their fields; oranges off the trees twenty yards from my back door; #218 (the phone extension for Maintenance); being with students who really want to learn; Bon Appetit; time in the summer to develop new pedagogies and content for my classes; advisees who, by example, give me advice all the time (and introduce me to good new music).
  • Hardly anybody knows that

    I am not opposed to eating leftover cookies from Open House for breakfast on Sunday.
  • Favorite place at Thacher

    The Outdoor Chapel, up in the bleachers off to the way back.
  • Favorite place on earth

    Besides Thacher and Ojai, our family’s place in the foothills of the Tetons.
  • The book, movie, work of art, or piece of music I cannot imagine life without

    “The”? That implies one. I cannot choose: too Sophie’s Choice-ish. (Beethoven’s 7th, second movement, is up there, though.)
  • What I wanted to be when I grew up (when I was 10)

    An artist and a maker of supremely good ice cream, like my father.
  • What I want to be when I grow up (now)