Faculty Spotlight: Jaye Locke
by Anooshka Gupta on Friday, December 11th, 2015
Jaye Locke graduated from Williams College with a major in psychology. She joins the Milton community after spending nine years in Washington D.C. working as the Associate Director of Admissions at Episcopal High School. Ms. Locke teaches two sections of Milton’s Psychology Seminar class and is the Assistant Varsity field hockey coach. She is also the director of Milton’s new Squash Club and plans on participating in the lacrosse program.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
Education is an incredibly important and exciting field that I was drawn to. Now I know I like working with young people, a lot. I really enjoy being on the field coaching, and teaching, and making, hopefully, a positive impact on people’s lives, not just in terms of what they know, but in terms of who they are as people. It’s really important to me, in terms of the world, when they leave school [that people have]: character development, and confidence. Those are things I think that are really important and I really would like to think that I could help people discover those things about themselves to carry throughout their lives. I took a lot of psych-of-ed classes which got me into a classroom with younger people, so when I graduated I realized I was interested in working with high school-aged kids and wanted to be in a school setting. I’ve always been a school spirited person. I enjoyed the atmosphere and community that goes along with it, and was excited to be a part of that.
What do you like about psychology?
It’s a fascinating subject. There’s a lot of new material, but you can connect to it pretty quickly and relate to it.
Where did you teach before Milton?
I was working at a boarding school outside of D.C. I worked there for nine years in the admissions office. I was the Associate Director of Admissions, coach, and dorm head, lots of typical boarding school things. I wore a lot of hats there.
What did you coach?
I was the varsity field hockey coach and the squash coach at different times. I would also coach JV Lacrosse. [At Milton,] I now coach [varsity field hockey] with Coach Carr. I’m helping Coach Kane with the squash team, and I will be helping with the lacrosse program somehow.
What has been your favorite part of Milton so far?
The people. There’s still so much I don’t know about Milton, but immediately you can connect with the people here, and everybody is really welcoming, from students and faculty alike. Everybody’s just really passionate about what they do. People are really excited to learn, participate, and get involved. It seems like a community where everybody is really interested in stretching themselves and discovering things about themselves and other people.
How else are you involved in the Milton community?
I teach and coach. I also am the director of the Squash Club. It’s a new thing that the school has created in terms of trying to open up the courts beyond just the basic hours of the upper school students to allow the middle school kids and their families to get in there at different hours and maybe other people within the squash community.
Are you involved with anything outside of the Milton community?
I used to be on an adult field hockey team in DC that I would like to do again. I used to play a lot of squash as well, so I’ve been doing that a little here. I’ve been helping with my former college, putting on events and stuff like that, and it’s a pretty vibrant community here in Boston, so it’ll be interesting to see if I can jump in there. I’ve just done some random community service things here and there.
Oh goodness, I guess that’s something I should’ve prepared for. I have a bulldog named Zeus. He’s really funny.
What’s your favorite holiday?
I like Christmas. I like being with my family and coming down in the morning with the fire going and the smells of Christmas.
What’s your favorite TV show?
I like a lot of the cop shows. I like The Good Wife. I also like Top Chef…yes, Top Chef. I forgot, it hasn’t been on in a while, but I’m waiting for the next season.
If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring with you?
I think that’s hard. I would try to bring things that help with my survival. I would bring a sharp knife to chop some things down. I could create a fun thing to play with and make up my own games, so that’s not an issue. I need a knife, my dog—he would get really hot, but he does love the water—and probably a book.
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