“…it is the lessons of how to care for one’s self — and others; learning the value in becoming a solid member of a community and seeing how the little things you do make a difference.”
Some fifteen years ago a friend approached me to ask if I would be interested in working in a boarding school, living in a dorm caring for about sixty boys. I took the position having no idea what I was getting myself into. The first year was most challenging. Even though I had been working with teens and younger students for many years prior, living with them was a totally new experience! I persevered, and as the years passed I got better at understanding and knowing how to relate and live with teens in this special time of their lives.
I had become familiar with High Mowing through my coaching work and was impressed with its small, vibrant community. Now, working here in the dorms, I feel I’ve been able to add something unique, bringing to bear years of experience in recreation education and boarding schools, teaching students who are away from home life skills to prepare for college — and the world beyond.
In the residential community it is more than academics that are of concern — it is the lessons of how to care for one’s self and others; learning the value in becoming a solid member of a community and seeing how the little things you do make a difference.
I don’t look at working and living in a boarding school as a job. It is a way of life, a dedication of time and care to the growth and development of each student.
Frostburg State University - B.S. Outdoor Education
Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy
Mid Atlantic Aquatic Director for the YMCA
President of the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association
Dean of Students at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics