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San Domenico School News & Events

#FacesOfSD: Meet Mary Churchill, Biology and Chemistry Teacher, and Coach

Mary Churchill

Mother, teacher, coach, resident faculty - Mary Churchill wears many hats here at San Domenico! She has been an educator for the past nineteen years, having worked at both public and independent schools on the east and west coasts. Mary graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, then went on to pursue her Masters in Secondary Science Education from the same university. Her classroom expertise is in the field of biology and chemistry, having taught AP biology for most of that time. This past year, Mary taught biology and health at San Domenico and coached the Cross-Country team. Mary loves to integrate her personal passion for the outdoors with her passion for teaching and frequently designs experiential learning opportunities for her students in the wilderness. Outings that Mary has designed and facilitated have included field studies on the prairies in Montana as well as glacial studies in Juneau, Alaska. Mary and her husband Mark are both educators at San Domenico and are parents to a young son and daughter who both love exploring the natural world.

“My favorite part of being a member of the San Domenico Community is working on a beautiful campus that serves as a living laboratory, being at the same school as my daughter,son, and husband, and teaching local and international students.”

Hometown:

Middletown, CT

Why did you choose to work at SD?

Beautiful “living” campus, family, and community

What is your favorite annual event at SD?

Food Drive and Tableaux

What activities do you participate in at SD?

Teaching, Coaching, Residential Life, Lower School Coach, Class Parent, Marin Food Bank, Garden Fair, to name a few

Do you have any hidden talents?

Long Distance Running

What makes a “good day” at school?

The “Eureka!” moment in class

What is a favorite place in the world?

The Alps in Europe

When do you feel joyful?

Being in nature with my family

What is your ideal weekend?

Family adventures with my children, Maddie (9) and Ollie (6) biking, hiking, exploring, and learning about our natural world as well as trying new
food.

What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?

“Baraka” (Documentary) and “Once and Future King” and “Desert Solitaire”

What academic accomplishments have filled you with pride?

Teaching for 22+ years

What personal accomplishments have filled you with pride?

Being a parent, coach, competing at the college, national, and international level for ultra running (26 miles and longer), finishing four 100-mile races.

Anything else you would like people to know about you?

I love being from a big family, having grown up with seven siblings, it gives me great perspective about learning to compromise, listen, and collaborate.