Q. What makes you proud to be at Shipley?
Walking down the hall and reliving memories of being a student! Being able to represent a school that I know so dearly and have first-hand experience in makes my job fun, and I’m very proud.
Q. As a colleague, what excites you about the new Positive Education initiative?
I believe as a coach, I now know how to address challenges and turn them into something positive. We celebrate our strengths and are equipped to constructively work on ways to improve ourselves.
Q. When you meet with a prospective family what do you hope they take away from the conversation?
Not only our sense of community but also how much of a family we are at Shipley. On a tour, I have middle and high schoolers running up and saying hello to me, and there’s no better way to demonstrate a special student-faculty relationship than when our visitors see it live.
Q. What is your favorite part of the school year?
Super Saturday! It’s the first big event of the year for both new and returning families. This year, I loved seeing a new family and a returning family arrive together on campus. Their kids played at the carnival and cheered on the sports teams together.
Q. How does Shipley get to know each individual child?
Shipley does a lot of listening. In admissions, we really take the time to get to know each family that visits our campus. This allows us to personalize their tour and navigate through a conversation to determine how we can best connect with the student on an individual level and what we can do to support them.
Q. Switching gears – favorite vacation?
My trip to China and Japan. I was able to immerse in the culture for two weeks with a guide and go beyond the well-traveled path.
Q. What surprises people most about Shipley?
Even though the campus itself has changed significantly since my time here as a student, the intimate community and sense of belonging has remained much the same.
Q. As a graduate, how did Shipley prepare you for college and beyond?
Shipley taught me to be independent and to self-advocate. I was beyond prepared for college – whether it was essay writing or public speaking. I went onto what I thought was going to be another huge challenge and transition, and in every aspect of college life, Shipley had instilled a sense of preparedness in me which ultimately led to success.