Todd D’Alessandro has been a member of Walker’s community for eight years. Coach D. returns to the JV Lacrosse field as the head of the JV team for the second season, following the unique virtual coaching in 2020. Coach D. teaches in the language department as a Spanish teacher, serves as a dorm parent in New Dorm, and is the director of summer programs.
What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here?
The sense of community was evident the minute I stepped on campus, it was an irresistible force that drew me to the school.
Who is your biggest female role model? Why?
Joan Jett. Attitude, talent, no fear.
What was your favorite subject when you were in middle or high school? Why?
History. I was a fast reader and the images of times past was always fascinating to me.
What is your favorite part about the subject you teach now?
My favorite part of teaching is giving students the opportunity to grow beyond themselves with the ability to communicate in Spanish.
What is your favorite Walker’s tradition?
The Spring musical is a real favorite for me. The productions are always fantastic, and there is always a student who breaks away blossoms right before our eyes up on the stage every year.
If you were to give advice to an incoming Walker’s student, what would it be?
Don’t hesitate to ask for help. Know that we are all here to support you, it’s what we do.
What advice would you give a graduating Walker’s senior?
Don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself or your career. Odds are great that you will need to at some point in the future.
Why did you want to go into teaching?
Working with young people and helping them to acquire a second language is very gratifying as well as important.
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
Be with my family, coach and play soccer.
What other role(s) do you hold on campus?
Language dept. faculty, residential life faculty, director of summer programs
What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker’s?
Dorm life is fantastic. Being able to connect with students on a different level outside of the classroom and letting them know you are there to support them is the most rewarding part of working here.
Please list any awards, fellowships, or distinctions you have earned during your career: