Knapp, Michelle

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Director English as a Second Language

B.A. Keene State College
M.A. English Literature - Middlebury College

I was born in New York City but have spent most of my life living in Dublin, NH. I grew up right down the road from Dublin School. After college I worked for a short time at PC Connection in their technical support and training department. I then went to work for an independent software company, Campagne Associates, where I worked in their support and training department. As part of the job I traveled to a number of non-profit organizations to train them on our software. I got to visit a number of places in the United States and Canada, everywhere from Manhattan Kansas to Manhattan NY. While there I was contacted by Jan Haman about a teaching position at Dublin School; Introduction to Computers! I was lucky enough to get that job teaching computers and English. That was in 1998, and the rest, as they say, is history.

What book has made you think the most? Ulysses by James Joyce is the book that made me work the hardest, and the one that most amazed me through Joyce's mimicry of a multitude of writing styles and his overall craft as an artist. However, the I think the book that has stayed with me the longest is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I can go back and open this novel to any page and lose myself in his writing.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Mr. Sullivan was my high school English teacher. He was exacting and demanding of his students. He pushed us to be our best in every class and encouraged us to become scholars.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? In graduate school I took a class on modern English tragedy. In it we read 16th and 17th tragedies from Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, and Shakespeare. What sounds like a boring, dry subject is, in fact, very exciting and scandalous. You should try reading The Revenger's Tragedy sometime; it makes Tarantino look tame!

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My favorite spot on campus is the trail system, especially in the fall. I love to take my dog, Sam, for walks on the trails and take in the vistas to the east, enjoying the peaceful sounds of the woods. It allows me time to think and reflect, and it allows Sam a chance to run around and play.

If I had a free afternoon I would... go to a local coffee shop with a good book.