Meet Steve Farley, assistant headmaster for the academic program and ninth grade English teacher. Steve, his wife, Sarah, son Sam (Fenn ’16), and daughter Elise live on campus.
Q: What drew you to Fenn eight years ago?
A: I was drawn to Fenn by the opportunity to work in a community which lives its mission well. As I interviewed, I was struck by how much this faculty appreciated the energy and enthusiasm of middle school boys, and by how much my future colleagues enjoyed engaging with the big ideas of education and thinking deeply about their practice as educators.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working here?
A: I love the enthusiasm and positive energy of the students—they love to be at Fenn and appreciate the frequent opportunity to engage with their teachers in meaningful and authentic ways. I also enjoy working alongside my colleagues as they determine the best way to meet each boy’s needs in the moment and to prepare each boy for success after Fenn.
Q: Do you participate in a committee or school-wide effort, and if so, why is this work so important to you?
A: As assistant headmaster for the academic program, I am fortunate to have my hand in all of the school’s academic initiatives, including those involving educational technology, diversity, sustainability, service learning, and our new makerspace. It has been rewarding to observe the creative and passionate efforts of the educators who lead these initiatives as they work to integrate each into our larger academic program.
Q: What do you hope boys will come away with after being in your classes?
A: I hope my students and advisees will come away with a greater sense of themselves as learners, a confidence in their ability to advocate for themselves, and a willingness to embrace their failures and to learn from them as they strive to accomplish their goals.
Q: What are your passions and interests outside of Fenn?
A: As an English major in college and in graduate school, it will probably not come as a surprise that I love to read, especially contemporary fiction and “foodie” lit. I am also a film buff who counts Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and George Lucas’ Star Wars (original trilogy, of course) among my favorites. I am a curious cook, too, who likes nothing better than to tackle a new recipe over the weekend. I’m particularly proud of my osso buco and am currently working to perfect my barbacoa. Finally, I remain a diehard Red Sox fan through good seasons and bad.