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.