Who is your biggest female role model?
Joanne Wolfe and Martha Joselow, who are the lead doctor and social worker for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team. They have been working for over twenty-five years to bring a holistic approach to the quality of life for the most medically complex and critically ill children at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital, Boston. They are women who have been working to change the traditionally male-dominated world of Western medicine on behalf of the most fragile patients. I have watched them time and again cut paths of peace through mountains of suffering.
What is your favorite part of the subject(s) you teach now?
It is a joy to teach a diverse and exciting array of texts in English. It allows my students – and me along with them - to engage discerningly and critically with a range of different voices and perspectives. In so doing we learn more about the world around us; consequently, we learn more about ourselves. So it is that we have the opportunity to engage our spoken and written words with the great conversation, ever evolving, always ongoing. And my students and colleagues teach me more than I can ever teach them.
Please list any awards, fellowships, or distinctions you have earned during your career:
What other roles do you hold on campus?
- Awarded a curriculum grant to develop Film Studies course at EWS (2014)
- Parent representative for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) committee at Children’s Hospital/Dana Farber, Boston (2011-2013)
- Member of task force for the transition from DNR forms to Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) at Children’s Hospital, Boston (2013)
- Developed and taught two-week summer seminars for Landmark School’s Outreach Program, “Developing Essential Writing Skills for High School Students” (2005-2009)
- Awarded a curriculum grant to develop Film and Literature course at Landmark School (2006)
- Co-founded, with Elyssa Michael and a motivated group of Ethel Walker students, the Underground Book Club (UBC), where amidst mysterious invitations to meetings and cryptic literary allusions, students propose, select, read, and discuss contemporary literature (2014)
Junior Varsity Basketball Coach, CrossFit-style Fitness Coach, Residential Faculty Member
What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker's?
It is delightful to be in the classroom with students who are deeply supportive of and cooperative with one another. And in this environment they are eager to learn and to engage in conversations about the stories, experiences, ideas, and institutions that give life meaning. This, in turn, represents the best of Walker’s for me: to love and pursue learning in the context of meaningful relationships and a caring community.