We are delighted to welcome Forrest Brown ‘07 back to St. Anne’s as an alumni trustee. A member of Mary DeSalvo’s first fourth-grade class, Forrest returned to our region to teach nearby in New Jersey. He took a few minutes to reflect on his experiences in teaching and his decision to join the St. Anne’s board of trustees.
I got into education when I worked for a summer in Cape Town, South Africa which made me realize how much I enjoy being in the classroom and building relationships with young people. Though I was pretty sure I wanted to teach high school, at a job fair I was persuaded to try elementary education, and I took a job teaching third grade at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut.
Teaching elementary school was amazing, and a great place to learn about teaching. I learned about classroom management and got to know my students well because I was with them all day. I think the pedagogy of elementary education is much more rigorous than it is in later years because your students need a lot more structure from you. I have enormous respect for the work that elementary school teachers do!
At the end of two years I wanted to try teaching English literature, which is my passion, and to try teaching high school. I also wanted to continue my own education. I got a job at The Lawrenceville School, a boarding school near Princeton, N.J. I love teaching high school and getting to teach a topic I’m passionate about. I’m also coaching boys rowing and girls soccer. Though most of my experience has been in teaching 10th and 11th grade, by the end of this year I will have taught all four grades of high school English.
I was accepted into a fellowship program so I am both teaching and obtaining an M.S.ed from the University of Pennsylvania. This is my second year and I expect to graduate this spring. I’m also pursuing a Masters in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. I’ve just finished my 2nd summer there, I will complete that degree in 2021.
Last spring I got a call from Louisa Zendt asking if I would be interested in serving on the St. Anne’s board as an alum. I was really excited about the opportunity to come back to St. Anne’s, to give back to the school, and to be involved in a place that was so important to my personal career as a student.
St. Anne’s took me from an elementary schooler to someone who was ready for high school. This school taught me how to think, how to interact with people, my community and the world, and how to be a good citizen both in a local and larger sense. Coming back was an easy decision!
While the hallways seem smaller, driving up the lane I have so many great memories. Some things in the school have changed structurally and there are a lot of new faces, but there are familiar faces too. The spirit I remember is still here, and that is so meaningful. It is exciting to rejoin it and help sustain it as a trustee.
We are so grateful to you, Forrest! Thank you for your ongoing support for St. Anne’s.
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