Jeannie Emala, Fourth Grade
"I want each girl to feel that I respect her as a person. I ask all of my students to be kind and try hard, so that is what I try to do as well."
What do you like the most about teaching at Bryn Mawr?
The girls are just terrific, and they love to be here. It’s also a great place to work because we have a lot of opportunities to try new things and take the girls in different directions. I think that I have grown a lot both as a teacher and as a person since I began working at Bryn Mawr.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I set the bar high, but I always help them to reach it. I want each girl to feel that I respect her as a person. I also want each girl to want to be at school, and to feel confident about her abilities. I ask all of my students to be kind and try hard, so that is what I try to do as well.
Both of your daughters are Bryn Mawr alumnae. As a parent, what made you choose Bryn Mawr?
It was a great fit for both girls. What I really loved about the Bryn Mawr experience for them is that both of my daughters—and, I think, all Bryn Mawr girls—really learned to advocate for themselves. That is a skill that will stay with them for their entire lives. Also, everybody here cares so much about these girls. As a parent, what more could you ask for?