Current Position: Assistant to the Director of the Middle School, Special Events Coordinator
Year Appointed: 2012
Hometown: I was born in Washington, DC, but I grew up on a thoroughbred horse farm in Bedford County. We had flat racers, steeplechasers, foxhunters, broodmares, show horses, three-day eventers, chickens, pigs, and cattle. I don't have the Bedford County accent—likely because we have cousins who lived all over the world, and I traveled a LOT.
Passion: I have a myriad of passions! As everyone knows I am a rabid lacrosse fan; I still love the smell of horses; I knit at every opportunity; I am actually enjoying the antics this year's presidential politics; I raised a macaw from an egg and have adopted three more birds; I read voraciously—and I really, truly like people.
An underlying passion, though, is the NCS family. I do everything that I can to insure that our students have a healthy and happy experience in Eaton Hall. For many of them, this is their first introduction to the North Cross family, and I want them to love and appreciate North Cross as much as my family and I do. I adore my Eaton Hall teachers and their commitment to the positive mental, social, intellectual, and character development of their students. I love it when parents come into Eaton Hall, even just to visit for a few minutes. I love how supportive and enthusiastic our athletic coaches are. I love how the whole North Cross village has a firm commitment to insuring these children have every opportunity to be the best people they can be. I love how we all support each other to achieve the same goal. The McGinns came to North Cross knowing a few people and gained a whole new family!
The novels that I read for fun over and over, though, are Chronicles of Narnia, War and Peace (which I actually started reading in Russian at UVA), and anything by Tolkien, Michener, or Rutherford.
Music: Echo and the Bunnymen, Squeeze, Foo Fighters, 21 Pilots, Vivaldi (now that it's fall) and Wool for workouts
Mentor: I don't have one—I have a constant stream of people who inspire me every day. I so admire the innovative things that parents do and the support they show our faculty and staff. Our PA and SCA, led by those marvelous ladies whom I call "My Two Susans," go above and beyond to insure that our students have a rich and varied campus life. My students are funny and intelligent and have something new to teach me every hour. Our teachers are talented, flexible, and infinitely patient. Our volunteer pool are on hand at a moment's notice (I know, because I have often taken advantage of their generosity). I firmly believe in Dr. Proctor's vision for the school and trust his leadership. I will also add David Lake, because he has a Harley.
North Cross Tradition: #discoball
Students’ lessons learned: When my students move on to the Upper School, I want them to remember that they came to me as elementary-school children, and they are leaving me as high-schoolers, nearly ready to tackle the world: They accomplished so much in such a short time! I want them to remember that everyone makes mistakes, that mistakes are a learning tool and not the end of the world. I want them to leave knowing that conflict is a path to make new friends, and that they have an enormous village who will be rooting for them for the rest of their lives. I want them to send me invitations to their college graduations, and I want their parents to invite me to their rehearsal dinners, so I can share with their futures the fabulous stories of my little piece of their pasts.