Brehm, Ann


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I grew up in Vermont and still have many ties to Brattleboro which is about 45 minutes from here. We moved to Harrisville about two years ago and I love the quiet. I have worked in education and technology for many years. I appreciate being in an environment where I learn new things everyday. I have three children, including a Dublin student, and two Boston terriers.

What book has made you think the most? So many to choose from... I recently re-read the short story "The Great Stone Face" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I had read it as a kid and back then there was a magical quality to it enhanced by the fond memories I had of traveling to the White Mountains with my parents and seeing The Old Man in the Mountain.

My father told of how his grandfather had worked on the face to shore it up even back then. When I read the story last month, I had the pleasure of reliving those childhood memories. The story also brought to mind this year's presidential race and the notion of how easy it is for people to get caught up in superficial matters rather than substantial ones. Dublin's school's motto of “truth and courage" reminds us to look deeper, ask questions, and decide for ourselves what we believe. We live in the shadow of a different mountain, but we strive to be the best version of ourselves.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? I have been fortunate to have and known many fine teachers. I think the educator who had the strongest impact is my high school drama teacher Bob Smatresk. He was the first one who saw me as an individual and realized that my curiosity extended well beyond the classroom. He offered books and performances that expanded my thinking. We had the most exciting discussions about themes and what worked or didn't work and that lit a spark in me that has never gone out. I try to see the unique qualities in each of our students and I can thank him for that.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Caring, practical and tenacious.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I guess I have three favorites. The dining hall at lunchtime because there is a great energy and sense of camaraderie, the porch of the boathouse in late afternoon because I love the light playing on the water, and last but not least, the bot cave in lower Lehman in February, where all the creative engineering makes me smile!

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome? Naturally I understand that there are small mistakes that people make all of the time. But I believe that the path of life is long. Sometimes you go in a direction you have planned out, but you end up in a place that you didn't expect. Is that a mistake? Or is it an opportunity to learn about myself and others that I might not have encountered without the side trip. I am the result of all of my experiences and that in and of itself is a positive outcome.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Nordic skiing of course!