Winternship & Open House Bring Prospective Faculty to Campus
Joanne Miceli

Blair Academy is welcoming prospective faculty members to campus in January through two distinctive programs. The Winternship will bring two aspiring teachers to Blair for a month-long, immersive experience of boarding-school life, while the Prospective Faculty Open House, set for January 18, will offer new and experienced educators from the surrounding community and beyond a full day of activities highlighting the School’s educational philosophy, inclusive community, state-of-the-art facilities and beautiful campus.

Winterns Participate in Community Life

This marks the third year for Blair’s Winternship, a competitive program that provides college-age students on winter break the opportunity to explore potential careers as Blair Academy faculty members. Recent Trinity College graduate Lehlabile Davhana and Williams College senior Molly Egger were selected as the 2020 Winterns from among 50 applicants, and they will begin participating in life throughout the Blair community when they arrive on campus in early January.

Among her daily activities, Lehlabile will shadow math and theatre teachers in their classrooms, and attend Blair Academy Singers’ rehearsals and the after-school dance activity. Molly will be busy working with history teachers and the crew teams. Both Winterns will accompany faculty members on dorm duty in the evening, and, while they learn firsthand what it is like to live and work at Blair, they will also be able to share their experiences as collegians with Blair students who will soon be in their shoes.

“Knowing our students well is one of our guiding principles at Blair, and our teachers accomplish that through their deep involvement in every area of school life,” said Dean of Teaching and Learning Caren Standfast ’95, who is overseeing the Winterns. “As Lehlabile and Molly take part in athletics, academics and residential life next month, they will really get to know our students and truly experience life as Blair faculty members. I’m excited to offer them such a unique opportunity.” 

Teachers Invited to Open House

On Saturday, January 18, the Prospective Faculty Open House will give college students, educators and career-changers another avenue to explore teaching careers at Blair and similar independent schools. The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. and features student and faculty panel discussions, campus tours, class visits and lunch in the Chiang-Elghanayan Center for Innovation and Collaboration. The day on campus will help participants gain an understanding of boarding-school life and introduce them to the many rewards of teaching at Blair.

Preregistration is required for the Prospective Faculty Open House. Please preregister here by January 4.

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