Earlier this month at our employee holiday party, I read the following about individuals who have worked at MA for ten years. I share these appreciations here so that the larger community will know just how much we value these colleagues. Over the next few weeks, I will share more about those who have reached other milestones during the 2012–2013 school year.
Thank you again to our wonderful faculty, staff, and administrators—Marin Academy wouldn’t be the same without you!
Jazz musician, educational philosopher, iPhone devotee, and grandfather are all words that come to mind when I think of Dartanyan. His love of music infuses all that he does, you can see it in how he moves on campus and in the sheer delight on his face when he plays with our students on stage. And Dart is also a wise soul about schools; he has seen much in his time and has brought much to our community. Dart, it is a pleasure to work with you, an educator, a musician, a fellow human being.
When asked what we teach, many of us respond by saying what subject area. Doreen probably would say, “I teach students,” rather than “I teach math.” Doreen’s knowledge of math curriculum is deep and rich. It is, however, her role as mentor and as a teacher of moments—and not just instances—that distinguish her as an educator. Doreen has the perspective that comes from decades of experience. It is not that she has been there and done that, but rather that she has a context, tried and true, that helps her to guide her students and anticipate their needs. The beauty of mathematics is the vehicle that she uses to help our students find their way through the complexity of their adolescence. A dedicated Vision Quest leader, she takes these skills out of the classroom and into the world for our students. And should you need a little care-taking yourself, she will be there with bake goods or a milkshake. Doreen, thank you for the wisdom you bring to our community and your unwavering support of our students.
While Northern California is known as a hotbed of entrepreneurship, we at MA know that Bill is a premier educational innovator. He combines a keen understanding of craft, a wealth of content knowledge, and true appreciation of the high school student in all that he does. Co-founder of the Conference on Democracy, Bill is an educator of vision. His sense of connection and understanding of the whole make him a natural for the multidisciplinary approach to teaching. His own experience at MA reflects this: former Senior Class Dean, Department Chair, member of the Crisis Response Team. In all that he does, Bill acts with a passion for all things MA and with a strong sense of integrity in his choices. Besides that, Bill can tell you about any film, its historical context, and its cultural relevancy. Bill, thank you for your commitment to MA, to our students, and for stewarding them and their education in ways that keep us all doing our best at our best.
Who hasn’t seen David dashing from one thing to the next? It might be from collaborating on an HCI class with Bill, to teaching Shakespeare, to rehearsal for the winter play, to helping coach our students for Communications Evening. David has immersed himself in MA, bringing energy, good humor, and skill to all he does, all the while being a practicing artist and professional actor. David, thank you for all you do for MA.