The anxiety and excitement of being a new person in a new school is typically associated with students, but can also apply to teachers.
As each year goes by, there always seems to be a new face that joins the Bullis faculty at the start of every school year either to replace a departed teacher or fill an overflowing class. This year Bullis welcomes five new instructors: one for history, English, chemistry, mathematics and Chinese.
“I love getting up in the morning and going to teach,” he said. As a teacher he enjoys bringing new ideas to the front of the mind, then working those ideas into solid thoughts and finished pieces of work. Besides being a world traveler, Cramer is an outdoorsman who was in his element with the freshman class during experiential education at Calleva.
“I am a conversation man; I like to talk and discuss a lot of different things and interests,” he advertised to any who may be curious.
In the social studies department, some seniors may remember Rachel Newman from the days when she stood in and taught Dr. Romeyn’s classes as she secured her position in the Bullis instructional staff. As a new U.S. History and AP U.S. History teacher, Newman brings experience in teaching many fields of social studies, as well as a Masters and B.A in social studies education and elementary education, respectively. Equipped with experience teaching several different courses such as history and other humanities, civic education, service learning, and global issues – all from teaching at Scattergood Friends School in Iowa – Newman will surely prove to be an excellent addition to the Upper School social studies department.
Upper School Chinese students may be taught by Sonam Lhaki. Apart from holding a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Kenyon College, Lhaki completed Chinese Level 2 and 3 while attending school. She has also been involved in an eight-week intensive Chinese program (Level 4) at Middlebury College. Students who attended this program were surrounded and immersed in the Chinese language and culture. In addition to her formal education and experience, she holds an International Baccalaureate Diploma in Mandarin. While at Kenyon, Lhaki was an apprentice teacher for Chinese.
“I am finding that learning Chinese and teaching it are two different things,” she said. The challenge comes in switching roles from a student to an educator. A native of Bhutan, a country in South Asia that is to the south of the Tibet region of China, Lhaki has a passion for the Chinese language and culture. Adjusting well to Bullis, Lhaki happily said that “everyone at the school has been very welcoming and supportive, and I look forward to working with the highly motivated students at Bullis!”
Students who have taken either Honors or AP Chemistry in the past 2 years may remember the departure of Emily Bones and the subsequent revolving door of trying to fill the void she left. This year Bullis is fortunate enough to have a more than qualified man on the job. Dr. Daniel TerBush brings several impressive resume items with him to the job such as a doctorate in pharmacology from the University of Michigan and has co-authored 14 peer reviewed research articles, making him extremely well versed in chemistry, biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology.
When asked why he decided to teach chemistry he said:
"One day my daughter told me her chemistry teacher couldn't answer any questions, and she said she wished I was her chemistry teacher. When I decided to switch careers, I decided to teach chemistry because I remembered how much I loved it in college and because of her.”
To those who wonder what TerBush’s class is like, plan for an inquiry-based approach to problems and labs. Hopefully TerBush is here to stay as our Upper School Honors and AP Chemistry instructor.
Bullis’ fifth new teacher, Jackelyn Lopez Roshwalb, comes to the mathematics department and is teaching both geometry and pre-calculus. Roshwald is a graduate of nearby Bishop McNamara and attended the University of Maryland, where she majored in engineering and minored in mathematics and Spanish. She then received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in secondary mathematics education from Johns Hopkins University. Roshwald spent last year teaching Honors Pre-calculus and AP Calculus as well as Honors Physics and Advanced Physics at Washington Latin School. She is a Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Math Fellow, which is a program committed to helping, sustaining and inspiring young women and men who wish to make a difference by teaching. Simply put, by being a “fellow” and by teaching at Bullis, it is clear that Roshwalb is committed to teaching and will be a part of a new group of teachers that will uphold Bullis’ tradition of teaching excellence.
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