What is your educational background?
TB: I studied sports management with a minor in marketing at Concordia University Irvine (CA).
What interests do you pursue outside of the classroom?
TB: I love watching sports! If there is a Fenwick alum playing, I’m tuning in. If the Blackhawks or Bulls are on, I’ll be watching. In the winters, I enjoy skiing as well. Also, I have a fairly large family and the majority of them are in the area, so I spend a lot of my free time with them, too!
Which clubs/sports/activities do you run at Fenwick?
TB: Working full time in athletics we oversee all sports, but I’m the head girls’ lacrosse coach specifically. During the fall and winter seasons, I spend a significant portion of my time working behind the scenes of our home football and basketball games. I do my best to catch at least one game, match, meet, etc., from each of our teams throughout the course of their seasons. I really enjoy seeing all of our student-athletes competing at their respective sports.
What quality/characteristic marks a Fenwick student?
TB: I continue to be blown away by the work ethic our students have in and out of the classroom. Fenwick demands a lot out of its students, and I’m so impressed with the way our kids rise to the challenge and embrace it. It definitely motivates me to work as hard as I can and pushes me to be the best role model as possible. Our students are involved in so many different clubs, activities, sports, etc., so I give them so much credit juggling their extracurriculars while being exceptional students in the classroom.
When did you decide to become a teacher, and why did you choose this field?
TB: I chose to work at Fenwick for many reasons. Not only did my grandfather, father, uncles and cousins attend Fenwick, I appreciate the rich history and success Fenwick has maintained over the years. When I first started at Fenwick three years ago, I worked in athletics and coached lacrosse. Fast forward to today, I’m teaching one PE class and get to be involved in so many different things throughout the course of the year, and it makes coming to work each and every day new and exciting! It seems like each day that goes by, I’m meeting new students, interacting with so many different kids, and that is definitely my favorite part of my job!
What challenges face students today?
TB: Students face many challenges that we didn’t necessarily have to navigate when we were their age. Social media enhances the expectations and standards in the classroom, in athletics and in all aspects of life. We are all learning how to navigate this “new normal,” and I do my best to help every and any student I can with anything they may need on a daily basis.