When we learned that we would be moving to Central Florida, a good friend of ours told us that there was only one school to consider, The Geneva School. We went into our oldest son’s K4 year thinking, “We will just try this for a while,” but after two days we knew that we weren’t going anywhere.
Now, six years later, we are still impressed on a daily basis.
How did our family come to join the Geneva community? When our oldest Martin was two years old, we were talking at the playground with some good neighborhood friends of ours about school options. They were leaving to check out a prestigious school even though the boys were just two. We tagged along and that night we fell in love with The Geneva School. We were captured by the philosophy and curriculum and our only disappointment was that we had to wait until Martin was four to enroll him!
Currently studying business (marketing and finance) at New York University Shanghai with dreams and aspirations to spread empathy and serve others.
Growing up, I was a very timid and fearful kid. I was afraid of talking and all the more I would never dare to raise my hand in the classroom. Doubtful, insecure, indecisive, I was all of the above. But during my time at Geneva (K4–12th grade), that is, fourteen years out of my seventeen years of living, somewhere along the way, I realized that I had no reason to be afraid. I was surrounded by encouraging friends and teachers who wanted to satisfy my wonder: a community.
I suppose I am a little embarrassed to answer this question, because it is so autobiographical, but here goes. I think the short answer to the question “Why do you teach?” is because I love learning so much, and I love sharing with students what I have learned (and am learning) about life. And that desire to learn and share flows from a sense of service and charity. But to understand what I mean, you have to realize that I didn’t have much in the way of an education while growing up in the 1970s and early 1980s; I suppose you could say I was the victim of low expectations—and so I joined the Navy. But it was, perhaps ironically, during my time in the Navy that a love of both learning and teaching emerged.
Wisdom with determination is a powerful combination. Brooke Riley prayed for and practiced both over and over again during her thirteen years at The Geneva School. After graduating as salutatorian of her senior class and earning a BS in Physics from Davidson College, NC, she is now pursuing an Actuarial Studies Certificate at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and recognizes what a gift her Geneva education was for her.