Mary Daily Lacy, Lower School First Grade
"I think the whole education is very exciting, and the girls really do bond with their classmates. They stay friends for life, and that’s not something that you get everywhere."
You’ve been here for more than 30 years. What do you enjoy most about working at Bryn Mawr?
I really enjoy working with wonderful colleagues, and the families are extremely interested in the progress their daughters make each year, which makes teaching very exciting. I started out at the Little School, and I worked there for 16 years, and I’ve been in the Lower School since then. The environment is so supportive, from the families to the administration. But of course the main thing is the children – watching the progress that they make every year. First grade is just the ideal place for that, because they grow and develop so much over the course of the year.
What do you think is the most valuable thing about a Bryn Mawr education?
I think the girls have so many opportunities for leadership, even at a young age. In the first grade, jobs are huge – they love doing their jobs, and it’s really important to them who the door holder is and so on. I think that it is really important to foster opportunities for girls to be leaders. I think the whole education is very exciting, and the girls really do bond with their classmates. They stay friends for life, and that’s not something that you get everywhere.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think it’s really important to meet the needs of each student and help them move along at their pace. I also think it’s important to focus on not only the academic development of a child but also the physical, social and emotional. I’m really proud of the values education that we have here – it’s so important for the girls to learn what these values are and have a chance to practice them. We also have lots of opportunities for girls to give back. As much as it is important to learn to read, write, use technology – what you really need to learn is to be a good citizen and a good member of your community.