Brown, Lindsay

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History Department Chair
Head Crew Coach

B.A. Williams College 1986,
M.A.L.S. Dartmouth College 1994

I grew up in Rochester, NY and thus I am a Buffalo Bills football fan; I think my endurance and tolerance for pain flows from this part of my personal history. Growing up through high school I was a nerdy kid and found my identity through academic pursuits. That identity changed for me in college when I tried the sport of rowing and found out I could do well at it -- it was a simple formula of the harder I worked at it, the better I became, and so I kept striving. Immediately after college I began teaching at St. Andrew's School in Delaware, but I had a nagging feeling that I could continue to grow as an athlete, and so after one year of work I took the next 15 months off to pursue this dream. I lived in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati to name a few places, working part time jobs, sleeping, eating, and rowing. I made it on to the 1987 U.S. Pan American Games team and the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. Rowing has been an essential part of my adult life, and I now love coaching and mentoring young athletes who are discovering that part of themselves.

The nerd in me is still there too, and I enjoy reading, games, puzzles, and talking about issues and ideas. Teaching history, seeing connections between the past and the present, and helping young people learn about distant places and long ago times is always exciting. Being a teacher and a coach allows me to engage with both elements of my identity and thus is deeply fulfilling. 

I returned to St. Andrew's after the Olympics, met a beautiful woman, fell in love, married, and we raised a family of two boys who have both now launched into the world. After thirty years in one place, we decided it was the right time to make a change and seek out new challenges. My wife is an Episcopal priest and a family and couple therapist, and she will be working with a local church and counseling center. I am so excited about starting work at Dublin and getting to know this great community.

What book has made you think the most? Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Lowen and Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts by Sam Weinberg. These two books changed the way I approach my teaching.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Throughout my life I had many exceptional teachers who were dedicated not only to their subject matter, but also to their students. They had such a profound impact on my life that I decided that I needed to give back and work with young people myself.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Thoughtful, strong, and loyal.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a course in my graduate program on the intellectual history of early America, and I began to see connections between what I had already studied about this time in history and the ideas that moved people to action. It opened a door for me to see how influential ideas can be in shaping the world.

I am most happy when... I'm with my family, cooking a meal and hanging out in the kitchen. I also like eating!

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love hiking and road cycling. The area around Dublin has so many opportunities for outdoor exploration, and the views from high ridges or from the winding back roads are soul enriching.

Kendall, Evan

B.A. St. Olaf College (Mathematics and Psychology), M.A.T. Boston University

 I grew up in southern Maine and enjoyed running and skiing all around New England as I've grown up. I've worked at an overnight summer camp as a counselor and waterfront director in the summers between college and years teaching.

What book has made you think the most?  Shantung Compound is a non-fiction book about a group of people imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp in China during World War 2. Throughout the book the author details the daily life of the inhabitants, the challenges that they faced, and the social and spiritual lessons he learned. The book has helped me to reflect on the numerous things often taken for granted and also on the often complex ethical decisions all people face in their daily lives. It has helped me to consider how I work with and help others in spite of disagreements or disparate perspectives and have empathy towards their unique challenges.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  My high school English teacher Mr. Markonish had a tremendous impact on me. In his classes I was challenged to be both authentic and clear while also taking significant risks. Additionally, I also loved learning in an environment when enthusiasm and goofiness for the subject matter was celebrated and encouraged. Mr. Markonish's ability to help each student have a unique experience while still being a part of a larger group allowed me to develop uniquely and thoughtfully as a communicator.

How would your friends describe you in three words?  Easygoing, goofy, and an early riser

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college?  It's a tie between Sports Ethics and Calculus

What is your favorite place on campus and why?  I have no idea yet!

I am most happy when...  I'm running around outside with friends or when I'm eating good food afterwards.

What mistake have you made that ended up leading to a positive outcome?  The most frequent mistake(s) that come to mind are the times I try to help to much and take the discovery out of the learning process. These moments often have been beneficial because it has led to opportunities to talk and gain perspective on someone else's learning experiences.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  Go for a long run.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?  Water skiing