Flashback to the day in 1973 I declared my major at Westminster College and my grandmother quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson: "The secret in education lies in respecting the student." Today, over 40 years later, I still believe this quote is true. I have tried to not only respect but to build a relationship with each and every one of my students and their families throughout my career.
Over the past several years, enrollment in physical education (PE) classes steadily declined in the Upper School. Rather than getting discouraged by the lack of participation—and the subsequent lack of course offerings—PE teacher Mark Oftedal embraced a growth mindset. He saw the failures of the existing PE model in the Upper School as an opportunity to try something new: a Personal Fitness program that launched in September and is already creating buzz inside the Lincoln Street Campus hallways.
Breezy's talent and dedication yielded impressive results as a teenager—she medaled in three U18 National Championships—and now she's competing at the highest level: this month, Breezy will represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, along with fellow Rowmark alum Alice McKennis '08.