Every year, right around the time of the book fair, Waverly teachers are asked to create wish lists for books to be read in their classrooms. So while the teachers are thinking about books and literature, Jen took the opportunity to ask what everyone is currently reading. This is always a fascinating peek into the secret reading lives of faculty and staff!
One of my goals this year is to read all the assigned books my son Sam will be reading in his senior English seminar courses. This semester, he is taking Crash and Clash of Cultures, which is taught in conjunction with the history class called State of the World. Both classes explore themes of morality, violence, poverty and wealth, population issues, globalization, immigration, and corporate capitalism from a literary standpoint, and they look at the age-old and ageless responses to the idea that cultures clash and crash.
It began on a cool day in the late winter of 2005. My son, Harry, and I were much younger when Harry made his first visit to Waverly as an applicant for the preschool. We drove to Pasadena, a drive we ended up making approximately 4,480 times over the next 13 years.
Nature has always been an integral part of my life. As a wee child, my mother brought me to Drumlin Farm, where I watched the foxes and the wild birds with the rapt attention only a three-year-old can manage. I grew up hiking through the woods owned by the water company.
It seems slightly obvious to say something about how important the concept of “community” is at a school. School, ideally, is a series of various interacting communities: parent, teacher, class, campus. Nothing groundbreaking here. But, see, we’re not talking just school, we’re talking Waverly. And as you might have experienced in your time here, we’re a little…different. I can’t even say why, exactly. It’s just there, that feeling.
When I came to Waverly for the first time five years ago, it was the last prospective school on my long tour list. I didn’t know what to call what I was looking for exactly at these highly varied campuses for my two daughters, so I toured as many schools as I could.