In order to share more of our amazing community here at SD, we offer this weekly #FacesOfSD to give you a chance to learn more about our faculty and staff. Today, we are thrilled to introduce Melinda Borello, Upper School Math Teacher.
Melinda grew up in Marin County and graduated from San Domenico, with General Excellence. She went on to study mathematics and environmental science at Pitzer College, earning her Bachelor of Arts, with honors. Melinda moved back to Marin County and reconnected with San Domenico. When a position opened up, in the math department, Melinda was thrilled to be able to return to her alma mater. When she is not teaching, Melinda enjoys knitting socks, swimming in Tomales Bay, and baking for her friends and family.
Q. Full name?
A. Melinda Borello
Q. Where were you born?
A. Sacramento, California. Although, I always say I was born and raised in Point Reyes, since I moved there before I turned one.
Q. Favorite word?
A. Nostalgia. Not only do I enjoy the sound of it, I like the meaning - how it encompasses the idea of an acute homesickness that we are always longing to return to some idea of "home."
Q. What do you do here at San Domenico? And what is your favorite part of your job?
A. I am a math teacher in the Upper School. I teach Geometry and Pre-calculus. My favorite part of my job is watching my students not only learn, but grow as individuals. Although my surface goal is to have them learn math, the real goal is for them to grow, as people, and learn how to interact with each other respectfully and thoughtfully.
Q. Which Dominican value inspires you the most this week and why? (Study, Reflection, Community, or Service?)
A. Reflection. The past couple of weeks have been jammed packed with activities. It is too easy to allow time to pass without stepping back and reflecting on what is going on. It is important to pause in the chaos and fully take in the moment.
Q. What might an average weekend look like, for you?
A. Well, this past weekend, the band I'm in played a show in San Francisco. I wouldn't say that's average, but usually I try to play music every weekend. I enjoy knitting, hiking, and really any adventure to get me out and about.
Q. List 1-3 of your most significant personal accomplishments, to date.
A. Recently, I travelled to Ireland for a week, rented a car, and drove on the other side of the road in miserable weather. It was the first time I travelled abroad completely alone (Feb. 2016); First female employee to be forklift certified at Hog Island Oyster Co. (2015); I danced in a modern dance piece at the American College Dance Association Conference (2012).
Q. List 1-3 of your most significant professional and/or academic accomplishments, to date.
A. Acquiring a teaching position here at San Domenico; Graduating college with Honors in Mathematics in 3 years (2013); Graduating San Domenico with the General Excellence Award (2010).
Q. What was your best, professional "I wish someone had seen this" moment?
A. I've been working one-on-one with a student who has been struggling with some of the math concepts. I usually have to prompt her on each step, helping her along. Recently, while we were working on some test corrections, she was able to go through all of the steps without me saying a word. I was so proud of her! She really was learning, and after all of these months of her hard work, it was paying off.
Melinda, from the guidance and encouragement you provide to your students, the legacy you carry on, and the talent you bring to the Soulbillies, our SD faculty band, thank you! We are so grateful to have you back in our San Domenico community!