BB&N AROUND CAMPUS Lindberg and Farlow Recognized with Endowed Teacher Chair and Instructorship Head of School Rebecca T. Upham announced in May that two highly respected Upper School teachers have been named as the recipients of an endowed chair and an endowed instructorship at the School. Mark Lindberg is the inaugural recipient of the Barrows Family Master Teacher Chair, which honors an Upper School senior faculty member for excellence in teaching and faculty leadership, with a preference for an individual who has demonstrated exceptional leadership both in and out of the classroom through mentoring relationships with his or her students. Thirty years ago, Mark joined the Upper School as a theater teacher and during these past three decades he has forged a legacy of teaching and artistic excellence that places him in the select company of BB&N’s most memorable and beloved teachers. Some will associate Mark ﬁrst and foremost with the nearly 100 theatrical productions he has directed at BB&N—a body of work that reveals much about Mark as a teacher, mentor, and artist. Indeed, these plays—and the students who perform and produce them—are marvels of risk-taking, of exploration, and of growth. They are intelligent, witty, fearless, and never, ever dull. But what makes Mark truly special are the relationships he forges with each of his students, whether or not they go on to careers in acting— as quite a few have. For many students, he is a teacher who persuades, encourages, and inspires them to achieve their best work. For others, he is a mentor who helps shape the direction of their lives. Ned Menoyo ’88, a professional actor, captures the qualities that make Mark such a deserving recipient of this master teaching recognition: “Mark is the best acting teacher I ever had. He taught me more about the purpose of theater, and the role of art in our culture, than has any other person. Mark is both friend and mentor to his students. He respects his students’ intellect and sees ability in them that they do not yet see. He brings them into the worlds of Chekov, Sondheim, Pinter, Shakespeare, Mamet, Molière, John Patrick Shanley, and on and on—works not often performed or introduced at the secondary school level. He stages productions that are as good as or better than the average shows Off-Broadway in New York on any given night. Mark is one of those people who makes BB&N different, special, and unique.” Alda Farlow is BB&N’s second recipient of the Marian W. Vaillant Future Leader Instructorship, which honors the third Headmistress of The Buckingham School and recognizes the special contributions that promising early- and mid-career faculty have made to the School community. Alda joined the Upper School faculty six years ago as an English teacher and admission counselor and subsequently became a full-time teacher. Alda’s hallmark is inclusiveness. She quickly made her mark as one of the Upper School’s most skilled and passionate practitioners of the Harkness method of teaching. Her student-centered classroom is one in which every voice around the circular table is encouraged, and expected, to contribute to the conversation. Passersby in the hallway can usually tell when Alda’s class is taking place—the room is alive with the sound of conversation, of laughter, of engaged connection. Alda’s students learn not only about Dickens, Shakespeare, or Toni Morrison—they are certain as well to learn a great deal about themselves and their sense of identity. Awareness of and caring for the “whole student” is a dominant strand in Alda’s teaching DNA. Her contributions to the Upper School community are not just restricted to the classroom. Alda has taken a leadership role in several key campus-wide initiatives. These include serving as a resource for colleagues in respect to Harkness best practices, playing a prominent role in the SHADES diversity program and the annual student trip to the People of Color Conference, and co-leading the important follow-up to BB&N’s E.E. Ford Achievement Study, in which she helped faculty colleagues incorporate the School’s “characteristics of success” into their course descriptions and comments.
BB&N's summer Bulletin magazine 2012