Genie Arnot '93, Lower School Art

"I love being able to see the girls in many different contexts, and to teach much more than art in the art class. They are bringing in their own stories, and when we do a project they are always connecting that to their work."

What brought you back to Bryn Mawr as a teacher?

I moved to Baltimore from New York City, where I was a classroom teacher for first and second grade. The first person I contacted was [former Associate Headmistress] Peggy Bessent, to ask if she knew of anything in the area. She wrote back and said, “I know of something very close to home!” I had always wanted to be an art teacher, so it ended up being a great fit.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that learning is a cooperative experience, and that everybody needs to participate in both the group and the individual experience of learning in the classroom. That way, it is not just the individual’s ideas that change and grow, but the entire knowledge-building community.

What is your favorite thing about working at Bryn Mawr?

I love being able to see the girls in many different contexts, and to teach much more than art in the art class. They are bringing in their own stories, and when we do a project they are always connecting that to their work. That gives me so much insight into who the girls are and what they care about. Also, I really like teaching in an all-girls school.
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Located in Baltimore, Maryland, The Bryn Mawr School is a private all-girls kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school with a coed preschool for ages 2 months through 5 years. Bryn Mawr provides students with exceptional educational opportunities on a beautiful 26-acre campus within the city limits. Inquisitive girls, excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships and a clear mission sustain our vibrant school community where girls always come first.