(Martha in front of the Hamilton stage)
What do you do at LPS?
I am a high school Literature and Language Arts teacher. I have been teaching at LPS since 2012.
Where were you before you came to LPS?
Before I came to LPS, my career in education encompassed several different facets. I was a high school English teacher, and directed a resource room in a public high school in Western Massachusetts. Additionally, I taught at the Linden Hill School in Northfield, Massachusetts, which was a school for middle school boys diagnosed with dyslexia. The school was founded over fifty years ago, and it was the first school in the United States specializing in educating middle school boys diagnosed with dyslexia. There, I was both a Literature and Language Arts teacher.
What is your favorite part of being an educator?
First, and foremost, having the privilege to work with such an amazing group of LPS students whose kindness, determination and courage allows them to reach their potential and goals is an extraordinary gift. Additionally, everyday I'm excited to be able to share all the wonders we can learn from books about ourselves, about the world's people, their cultures, struggles, and achievements.
Why did you get into education?
In my freshman year of college, I stepped into a middle school English class, as a reading tutor. There, I experienced a sense of wonder and privilege to be entrusted with helping students to know they could achieve. From that moment, I knew I would become a teacher.
What keeps you motivated?
I'm motivated by my students, and the joy of teaching and learning. I do believe that teaching and learning are reciprocal. At the end of each day, I recount all that I have learned, which guides me to do better the next day. For over four decades, this has been a guiding force in my teaching. And with this, I start each day anew, and though it may seem paradoxical, with a "beginner's " mind. This is what keeps me motivated!
What is your most memorable student experience or favorite teaching moment?
I have been so very fortunate to have experienced innumerable, amazing teaching moments and experiences. I do think collectively, and, very simply, what means the most to me is when students say, "Thank You", or write a thank you note expressing their sentiments of what they may have learned, or have been inspired to continue learning after they have graduated.
What is the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Powers. The book I am presently reading is Solid Seasons: the Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
What shows are you currently binge watching?
On PBS, I'm currently watching and loving the British production of James Herriot's novel "All Creatures Great and Small".
Where is the best place you've traveled to and why?
London is one of the best places I've traveled to for so many reasons. Though, right now, I would say attending theatrical performances in the West End, and being part of its cultural heritage was an extraordinary experience!
Who is your biggest inspiration?
My mother and father were my inspiration, and greatest teachers. They both immigrated to America after having survived the Armenian Genocide. They instilled in me the value of education, a work ethic, and family.
What is something that might surprise us about you?
The summer before my freshman year of college, I worked as a waitress, and at the same time, I had the opportunity to work as an assistant to a New York Times Washington bureau Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.