Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia
Education: Roanoke College - B.S.
Year Appointed: 2002
Current Position: Assistant Director of Athletics; Assistant Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach; PE
Since before I can remember. I started school here in kindergarten. At the time, my dad (Dave Calvert) was the Director of the Lower School, and my sister (Michelle Calvert ’85) was in high school. I remember coming to her athletic games before I even started school. Basically I had a relationship with North Cross from the moment I was born.
What was it like going to school where your dad worked?
I loved it! My whole family was really close with the faculty at North Cross, especially the Muscaros, the Cooks, and Ms. Satterwhite; so to me it wasn’t just my dad, everyone around me was family. I remember one time my dad was working late and I went down to one of the lower school classrooms to “play school.” My dad forgot I was there and left campus without me. My dad called Jim Muscaro, who was living at the Proctor’s house at the time, and Mr. Muscaro was there in about five seconds to pick me up. My dad felt so bad, but I thought it was funny. North Cross was my home away from home so it really didn’t even phase me.
Who were some of your favorite teachers?
There are too many to name! I loved Mrs. Horak. I was actually in her very first third grade class! Mr. Cook was also great. He was always willing to spend extra time with me if I was struggling, and he was a big supporter of athletics which was a huge part of my life in upper school. But I think my favorite teacher was Mrs. Lukens (now Mrs. Hollandsworth). She was always so sweet and kind. One of the stories I told when I received my Fat Pencil was about a time in her class when we were playing on the wooden playground equipment. I started down the slide too soon, got a big splitter in my backside, and Mrs. Hollandsworth had to remove it. Looking back I can’t believe she had to do that!
You mentioned athletics were a big part of your life. How so?
Well, my sister played sports and my dad was a coach, so I was at the CAC almost everyday after school. I remember when my sister played softball Ms. Satterwhite would include me in team drills when I was only six or seven years old. Once I was old enough, I started playing softball, basketball, and volleyball. It was a huge time commitment not only for me, but for my entire family. My mom and dad never missed one game my entire career; middle school, high school, and college. My mom would go to work early or skip lunch breaks to be able to come to my games. I couldn’t have done it without their support.
When did you know you wanted to teach?
I always wanted to be a teacher, but my dad and Ms. Satterwhite were really the people that inspired me most. Ms. Satterwhite was my coach in all three sports I played at North Cross so she and I were very close. She was such a great listener and always gave good advice, but was super competitive which is a lot like me. I always wanted to follow in her footsteps and coach softball and volleyball, which I have done; and now being in the Assistant Athletic Director position, I feel like I continue to follow her lead.
Now that the roles have flipped, how is it being the parent working at North Cross with a child in lower school?
It’s funny, it really has come full circle. Landon’s experiences so far have been very similar to mine. He comes to the CAC everyday and plays sports. Even though he isn’t old enough to play at school, he already plays basketball, lacrosse, and baseball. He is very close with my parents, and just like me, they try to be at all of his games and practices. A lot has changed since I was in the lower school, but the feeling of community and being around family has stayed the same.