Our Faculty and Staff is Thankful for…

Counting our blessings is as much a part of Thanksgiving week as kids making handprint turkeys. Second graders cut out trees with leaves full of thanks, middle schoolers write haikus expressing gratitude and Marin Academy’s Random Acts of Kindness Club is showing some of what they are thankful for by collecting food and warm clothes for those in need.

MA’s faculty and staff abound with gratitude for the world around us. Here is a list of 40 things that help make MA employees’ lives fun and fulfilled.

Lynne celebrates her favorite sports teams!

The curiosity of my World History students!  Derek Anderson, Head Librarian and History teacher

I am thankful for living in, working in, and raising my daughter in the SF Bay Area. Hideko Akashi, Taiko teacher; Freshman Class Dean; Assistant to Crossroads/Aim High

The world champion San Francisco Giants.  Lynne Hansen, Dean of Students

I’m thankful for my wonderful, sweetheart wife, Johanna.  Mark Stefanski, Science teacher

I am thankful to work at MA, to be surrounded by such vibrant students and colleagues who make me think, laugh, and wonder.  Jennifer Blake, Co-Director of College Counseling

I am thankful for curiosity and creativity in my life.  Travis Brownley, Head of School

My health.  Sanjai Moses, Human Development Department Chair; Dean of Multicultural Life

I am thankful for being blessed with knowing the foresighted, craggy browed man-named Jim Thacher, who reminded all of us that dreams can come true – MA!  Nancy Hoffman, History teacher

I am thankful I am married to my best friend.  John Hicks, Science teacher

I’m grateful for the many magnificent wild places in Marin and for the people who fought to preserve those places.  Jen Cote, Math teacher

I am really thankful for coffee and chocolate.  Jenny Rosenberg, Photography teacher

I’m thankful for art, music, dance, theatre, photography and sculpture because it reminds us that we’re human.  David Sinaiko, Theater and English teacher; Co-Director of Theater

Betsy’s Portuguese Water Dog, Maisie – what a cutie!

All the beautiful surprises the universe brings me.  Anayansi Aranda-Yee, World Language Department Chair

I am thankful for good friends, good health and my family!  Vicki Buder, Director of Leadership Giving

I’m thankful that I get to work with the most thoughtful, creative and fun-loving teenagers on the planet! Dave Marshall, History teacher

Dark chocolate peanut M&Ms.  Mike Joyce, Chief Financial Officer

That I get to come to work at MA every day.  Bill Meyer, History Department Chair

Puppy kisses from my new puppy, Maisie.  Betsy Muir, History teacher

My wonderful wife of 30 years.  James Shipman, History teacher

That there is free lunch at MA.  Annie Elias, Performing Arts Department Chair

For my spunky two year old, Mateo, who wakes me every morning asking for cookies.  Lauren Toker, Community Action and Crossroads/Aim High Public Partnership Program Director

A good job.  Harrison Hobart, English teacher

The health of my family.  Evie Koh, Registrar and Academic Office Manager

Drums.  Dan Babior, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

I am thankful for the thoughtfulness of my family, friends, colleagues and students.  Ellie Beyers, Science teacher

Michael loves this time of year as the pumpkin pie is plentiful!

For the great faculty breakfast.  Evelyn Tseng, Mandarin teacher

For my “T’s”, Trixie and Teaghan.  Josh Frechette, Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach

I’m thankful for pumpkin pie.  Michael J. Morris, Director of the Annual Fund

I am thankful that my mother and father live 10 minutes away from me and that my daughter shares the same close relationship with them that I always have.  Truly a gift.  Sue Crowther, Admissions Associate

I am thankful for online college application submissions.  Jennifer Christensen, Co-Director of College Counseling

I am thankful for the creative energy of the Bay Area.  Jared Baird, English teacher and Sophomore Class Dean

I’m thankful to live in a beautiful environment where I can see Mt. Tam every day.  Liz Gottlieb, Science teacher and Cross Country Team Coach

I’m thankful for the life lessons of Japanese monster movies.  John Kelly ’86, Technical Director of the Performing Arts Department

I am thankful for my wonderful partner, Katie, and our future as parents together.  Scott Young, Academic Dean and Science teacher

I am thankful to have such a wonderful community and family.  Katharine Boyd, Visual Arts teacher

For vacations and a good nights sleep!  Doreen Clark, Math teacher and Anne Maurice, Visual Arts Department Chair

I am thankful for my wife. Chef Seann Pridmore

I am grateful for my vibrant relationships with friends and with my lovely wife, Ammie, and for living in the Bay Area–easily one of the most glorious places in America (maybe the world).  Trevor Calvert, Assistant Librarian

The good health of my lovely cat, Real Cat, and dog, Sydney.  Nicole Stanton, Dean of Faculty and English teacher

I am thankful to be in a large loving family, I am thankful to be blessed with good friends, I am thankful that I always have enough to eat and a roof over my head and I am thankful that I have a job to go to and pleasant environment to work in.  Marilou Graham, Business Office Assistant

The 2012-2013 school year marks 40 years of education at Marin Academy.  Throughout the year we will be commemorating this anniversary with on-campus events for students, special publications (including this on-going series of “lists of 40″), and a community celebration at Bimbo’s in San Francisco on April 20 (Save the date!).

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