ES girls reading on rug

What Are You Reading?

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! 

Barbara Ayers, farm manager, is reading Theatre of Fish: Travels through Newfound­land and Labrador by John Gimlette.

Molly Geller, 5/6 lead teacher, is reading Jon Scieszka’s Smash Crash to her two-year-old, Waverly parent Dan Santat’s Are We There Yet? to her five-year-old, and Trenton Lee Stewart’s The Myste­ri­ous Bene­dict Society to her students.

Rebecca Blum, 1/2 asso­ciate teacher, is reading Intu­itive Eating by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole.

Nick Simmons, HS math teacher, is reading Invis­i­ble Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caro­line Criado Perez. 

Susan Hendricks, lead kinder­garten teacher, is reading Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achieve­ment by Rich Karl­gaard and Reach­ing and Teach­ing Students in Poverty: Strate­gies for Erasing the Oppor­tu­nity Gap (Multi­cul­tural Educa­tion Series) by Paul Gorski.

Margaret Lopez, busi­ness and devel­op­ment admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant, is reading the memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi and the poetry book Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar.

Adriana Duarte, MS Spanish teacher, is reading Twen­ti­eth Century in History by EJ Hobs­bawm and Sacred Ground by Barbara Wood.

Sahaj Kashyap, 5/6 asso­ciate teacher, is reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. 

Toby McDon­ald Chou, MS science teacher, is reading Diffi­cult Women by Roxane Gay, and she really enjoyed reading the Remem­brance of Earth’s Past trilogy by Chinese Sci-Fi writer Cixin Liu over summer break.

Emily Koss, 5/6 asso­ciate teacher, is reading Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty.

Leo Glazé, MS history teacher, is reading Pris­on­ers of Geog­ra­phy: Ten Maps That Explain Every­thing About the World by Tim Marshall. 

Paul Nam, HS history teacher, is reading Chanel Miller’s Know My Name.

Greg Harri­son, HS science teacher, is reading the non-fiction book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs by Lisa Randall.

Alyssa Sher­wood, art teacher, is reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Jen Johnson, learn­ing special­ist, is reading Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It by Mark Seiden­berg and Reading in the Brain: The New Science of How We Read by Stanislas Dehaene.

Jim Reynolds, HS music teacher, is reading The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immi­grants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Base­ball Amer­i­ca’s Game by Ed Achorn.

Andrés Roblero, HS Spanish teacher, is reading The Angel’s Game, the sequel to 2001’s The Shadow of the Wind by Spanish novel­ist Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Deborah Clark Yeseta, regis­trar, is reading Where the Craw­dads Sing by Delia Owens, The Man Who Invented Florida by Randy Wayne White, and Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (a modern retelling of Macbeth as a noir police novel).

Heidi Johnson, head of school, is reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, and she just finished Normal People by Sally Rooney.

Bennel Thomp­kins, HS history teacher, is reading Jennifer L. Eber­hardt’s Biased: Uncov­er­ing the Hidden Prej­u­dice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.

Kevin Murawski, 3/4 lead teacher, is reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari and Thirsty: William Mulhol­land, Cali­for­nia Water, and the Real China­town by Marc Weingarten.

Lisa Groen­ing, MS English teacher, is reading Maybe You Should Talk to Someoneby Lori Gottlieb, Because Inter­net: Under­stand­ing the New Rules of Languageby Gretchen McCul­loch, and Semi­colon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misun­der­stood Mark by Cecelia Watson.

Sydney Walsh, drama teacher, is always reading plays and anything in The New Yorker, and she is reading the novel Outline by Rachel Cusk.

Grace Hess, MS math teacher, is reading, Approach­ing the Natural: A Health Mani­festo by Sid Garza-Hillman.

Vella Cagle, enroll­ment manager, is reading The Last Séance: Tales of the Super­nat­ural by Agatha Christie.

Marie Harper, preschool teacher, is reading The Curious Inci­dent of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Stina Clinton, 3/4 lead teacher, is reading The Inno­cents Abroad by Mark Twain.

Amy Sedivy, HS English teacher, just finished Quichotte by Salman Rushdie and is currently reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Yanndery Flow, MS/HS recep­tion­ist and admin­is­tra­tive assis­tant, is reading Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann. 

Meg Brad­bury, assis­tant to the head of school, has just finished Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindi­ca­tion of Natural Life by Darcey Steinke, in the nick of time, she would like to announce.