News - December 2009 Archives
By Nancy Heuston, Head of School.
As I listen closely to student discussions in class and talk informally with them, I hear and see pieces of a pattern. As I observe the youngest student in Dance and as I look over the shoulder of the US student leaders, additional pieces of the pattern emerge, contributing to a mosaic that is colorful and beautiful.
The First Pieces
Our young students are learning to work hard and to do difficult things. Initially, they make sincere effort because they do not want to disappoint their teachers; gradually, they make more consistent effort because they sense that the tasks are purposeful. As they see the results of their efforts, whether in a shape held on the dance floor or in a carefully crafted paper with admiring comments written in red, they marshal energy and enthusiasm in the service of even greater effort. In the midst of stumbles and skinned knees, they see the emerging upward trajectory. And so the pieces of learning move toward pattern.
Tom Brennan is Waterford’s Math Department Chair. He tells us that some of his education occurred in college (at the U of U), but that it is “still ongoing.” When he grows up, he wants to play professional baseball, and he dreams of someday teaching a literature class based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Will you tell us a bit about your family?
I am married to my high school sweetheart and we are expecting our 8th child in April. We have a Basset Hound and a Guinea Pig that share our madhouse. Do you want to buy a dog or a guinea pig? Anyone??
What did you do before you came to Waterford?
I didn’t exist before coming to Waterford. Mr. Rosett had me cloned from some DNA labeled “Abby Normal” so that I could teach mathematics to Middle School students.
Waterford’s Visual Arts faculty are active in their own art practices and regularly gain recognition for the work they create. Here are some recent highlights:
Nathan Florence and Colby Brewer, who both received major recognition from the Utah Arts Council last year, were invited to present guest lectures at Snow College this fall.
Suzanne Conine and Andrew Patteson each had a piece accepted into Utah ‘09: Crafts and Photography, the Utah Arts Council’s statewide annual exhibition.
Michael Slade had a photograph accepted into the 24th annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah exhibition at the Springville Museum of Art.