Last week we said good-bye to Yuqi and Andy after spending the last 3 ½ years (and the last year uninterrupted) with them. We gathered in Mercedes and had brownies to celebrate their journey. Resident Faculty Katie Drake was moved when Yuqi spoke, “Yuqi gave a spontaneous, heartfelt, and amusing speech. It was a pretty special moment and I think most people were blown away that he stepped up to do this. Just wish I had recorded it.”
With Marin moving into Tier 2, we are happy to announce that we are beginning to offer trips and hikes again, as well as family/guardian visits on campus, which is very exciting for our entire community!
This week I interviewed Resident Faculty Julie Lanzarin, who lives on campus with her dog, Baby Girl.
How long have you been working in the dorms?
This is my 10th year working in the dorms, and my 9th year living on campus.
What is your role in the dorms?
In addition to being a Resident Faculty, I am the Resident Life Coordinator. I wear a lot of hats. I manage Reach [our boarding management system that monitors our daily operations] with local arrivals and departures. I work with the nurse’s office to see who is sick for the day and I schedule and take students to their medical and dental appointments. This year a big part of my job has been packing, storing, and organizing all of the belongings that students left behind when they went home, some unexpectedly.
What are some of the changes you’ve seen over the years?
We’ve become a more culturally diverse community and we’ve grown into a stronger community, especially this year. I think Reach has really helped us a lot to keep track of students and manage all of their information. Our numbers have more than doubled since I started. In some ways it’s easier now because when we were smaller and single gender, it was really quiet and we didn’t see them socialize as much as we do now. The remodeling has made a big difference. Having Mercedes as our common space has allowed us to be more social.
What is your favorite part of being an RF?
I like that I get to do many different types of things. I’m not just sitting at a desk doing the same thing day after day. When I walk out my door there’s always a new adventure waiting for me. The kids are in the lounge playing games and having fun. I can be pulled in many different directions during a shift. I think this job suits my personality. I can’t do the same thing for too long.
What do you miss most from life before Covid?
I miss going on trips, the conversations in the vans, going to The Pacific East Mall, watching the kids stock up on supplies and seeing what they would cook when we got back. I loved it when they would invite us to share the food they prepared. That was very special. I’m happy we’re going to get to start doing trips again soon.
What else do you do at San Domenico in addition to being an RF?
I’ve been on the Emergency Preparedness team for seven years now. I work in First Aid. I am in charge of the supplies for the red backpacks and the survival kits in the classrooms. I attend the Marin County Office of Education meetings around four times a year and hear about what the other schools are doing and share that with John Campbell, who oversees our Emergency Preparedness Steering Committee.
I also coach badminton. I’ve been coaching badminton since the 80s. I love coaching the badminton team because it’s a family within a family. Throughout the years we’ve created a safe place for players to grow and challenge themselves. Typically it’s all boarding but this year we have a couple of day students, which will be fun. The older students on the team have always welcomed the younger students. Coaching is the highlight of my day. When I walk down there with my dog Baby Girl, I know that in what seems like two minutes, I’ll be walking out again because time flies when you’re doing what you love.
Speaking of sports, you’ve had quite a career yourself
Yes, I’m a Marin County Hall of Famer for basketball. When I was in high school at Tamalpais I just had one of those games. I scored 59 points in one game and all these years later that record has never been broken by anyone, male or female. I’m proud of that. It took me a while to see that it was a big deal, but now I do. It changed my life.
Thank you, Julie, for all that you contribute to our boarding community!
-Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher