Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Education: Roanoke College—B.S.
Current Position: Upper School Math and Computer Science
Year Appointed: 2014
What's one thing your students don't know about you?
Between the ages of 8–15, I was a competitive sailor. I also had my own catering business from the age of 16–21.
I think I have always loved teaching. I taught tennis in high school and college and of course now I teach math, computers, and SAT prep. What motivates me is when I see that I have made a difference in a student’s life either because they received a good grade on the math test after working with me, or they finally got a difficult program to work, or they came running into my classroom to tell me they went up 100 points on the SAT. I also love when students leave my classroom and say thank you.
Who most influenced your decision to teach?
My husband. When we first met, he was an earth science teacher. I saw how much he loved to teach and how he inspired even the least motivated students. Those students who are now in their 30’s and 40’s will still yell “Mr. B” across a crowded restaurant if they see us out.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead?
I would be playing tennis and traveling to see friends and children.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out?
I have many. One that stands out though is when last years SAT class texted me a picture of all of them at lunch after the SAT with the caption “we survived.”
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
That hard work and a desire to learn does reward you in the end.