Meet Kristin FitzGerald, who teaches English and Social Studies in the Lower School.
Q: What drew you to Fenn five years ago?
A: First, that it is a fourth to ninth grade school; I was intrigued by the middle school focus. Second, that it is single sex; I had already taught for ten years in an all girls’ school and three years in a coed school. An all boys’ school sounded exciting! Once I visited, it was the overall sense of community—students with faculty/staff—and the very clear focus on a “social curriculum” that went along with the expected rigorous academic curriculum.
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching at Fenn?
A: How well Fenn lives its mission to educate the whole boy, bringing out a boy’s artistic and compassionate side while pushing him academically. And the faculty and staff are, across the board, remarkably intelligent and interesting.
Q: What do you hope boys will come away with after being in your classes?
A: 1. A passion for reading (or at least increased interest and stamina), a clearer idea of who he is as a reader, and a plan for his reading going forward. 2. Increased awareness of his learning style and some self-advocacy skills. 3. At least one good laugh.
Q: What are your passions and interests outside of Fenn?
A: Reading, skiing, running, cooking, and (shhhh!) reality TV.
Q: Family? Children?
A: My husband Kris and I have son Jack (2.5 years) and daughter Clare (3 months.)