Faculty Spotlights: Sabbatical Teachers Return
by Anooshka Gupta on Friday, February 12th, 2016
English teacher Todd Goodman returns this spring from his sabbatical. During his time away from the Milton community he was engaged in caring his two younger children, climbing in New Hampshire, and some traveling. He returns back for his twentieth year of teaching and his tenth year of teaching at Milton. This year he will be teaching Class IV English, Approaches to Literature, and Man and the Natural World. He will also return as a faculty member in Wolcott House, and will be helping with the Outdoor Program. He hopes for his transition back into the Milton community to be a smooth one. He hopes to quickly get to know the students he will be working with and to continue to improve in his role as a teacher, as well as in all other aspects of his life. His cites some of his favorite moments on sabbatical as biking his son to and from school and spending time with his daughter during the week without the added pressure of having to prepare materials or grade assignments for his classes and students. He explained that the simplicity of his sabbatical reinforced the need for him to retain balance between Milton and his personal life.
Performing Arts teacher Darlene Anastas pursued a more adventurous sabbatical. A member of the Performing Arts faculty since the fall of 1981, Anastas traversed through New Zealand, visiting The Lord of the Rings film site and lavender farms, camping, hiking, rafting, and touring caves. She also spent her time growing vegetables and lavender. Over the course of her trip, she had many favorite moments, such as a five-and-a-half-hour scenic float down river canyons. She also enjoyed the friends she made during her travels. Upon her return to campus, Anastas will be teaching Class IV Drama, Stagecraft (in the middle school), and overseeing an independent study in sound. Simultaneously she will be maintaining King Theater and supervising the spring play. Anastas will also be the faculty sponsor for both the Conservative Club and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, and a member of both the Senior Project and Compensation Committees. Anastas hopes to encourage creativity and meet deadlines while reducing stress. She also aims to strike a balance between “what we choose to create and how we choose to live.”
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