Bryn Mawr is home to an extraordinary group of faculty members who care deeply about our girls, and want each student to be successful and happy here. Overall, they have an average of 17 years of teaching experience, and 70% hold advanced degrees. Find out more by reading the profiles below. For a full listing of our faculty and staff with contact details, please visit our Faculty/Staff Directory.
Sumayyah Honey Blue, Little School Teacher
Vicky Miyamoto, Upper School Math
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Leslie Jansen, Upper School English
"The unexpected can be what’s really interesting. When you over-plan you’re not giving them the freedom to expand, and to learn things yourself about the text by letting the students go off in different directions."
"In grad school, I started to think about the most grassroots way to effect change in the world—and not just to react to conflicts, but to prevent them from arising. I recognized that it is through education. That was when I realized that I really am a teacher at heart."
Diane Nichols, Senior Director of Institutional Equity and Inclusive Practice
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Anne Puckett, Lower School Music
"I believe that all children are musical, and I think that having music as a core part of a curriculum is very important. I love the emphasis and value that the Lower School places on arts-based learning and integrated learning between different content areas."
"One of the privileges of teaching here is that I teach all of my classes around a Harkness table. Students and teachers sit down together, and ask and answer questions together. That is really important to me."
Thanasi Letras, Director of Information Technology
"A Bryn Mawr education teaches our students to look at the world in a different way. It shows them they can ask questions that maybe wouldn’t be asked otherwise – it gives them the courage to do that."
"Working with the toddlers, there is so much growth that happens in a very short span of time. Some of the children come to us before they are walking or talking, and then by mid-year they are hitting those milestones."
"A big part of students' reaction to science has to do with the kinds of teachers they’ve had in the past. That was when I decided that I really wanted to be a teacher, and that the age I wanted to teach was middle school. I want to be that teacher that helps students love what they are learning."
"I love that I know what I plan to do, but that the girls are so creative and imaginative at this age that they take me to new places. That’s part of what I love about middle school – I don’t think I’ve ever taught a class where we didn’t laugh."
"Growing in an all-girls environment, they learn to be more confident in themselves. I feel very strongly that there are benefits to girls finding their voices among girls, especially in middle school when they are trying to figure out who they are."