Maguire, Denis

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Mathematics Department Chair
B.A. Bowdoin College

I grew up in Duxbury, MA with my older sister, mom, and dad. My town gave me the wonderful opportunities of learning to sail, working on an oyster farm, and attending great public schools. I was also blessed to attend Bowdoin College, where I was challenged to think critically about my personal beliefs. As I begin my next endeavor at Dublin, I hope to continue learning through hearing the perspectives of others and questioning my own views.

What book has made you think the most? It's hard to say, but I just finished reading This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, which was seriously thought provoking. It also made me rush to get Diaz's novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Kind, competitive, helpful.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? In my junior year of college, I took a course called Mindfulness in Education, which impacted my life more than any other class I've taken. We studied different approaches to implementing mindfulness practices in classrooms but also learned how to practice mindfulness. This seems like such a simple thing, but most people in my class, including myself had never been taught how to do anything mindfully. It is actually not that complicated but is certainly a skill that takes practice. This was also probably the only course that ever lowered my level of stress, likely because we meditated before every class and were required to do mindfulness practices of our choosing outside of class.

I am most happy when... I am playing ultimate...or just throwing a disc. There are a lot of things that make me happy, but playing ultimate has the power to lift my spirits under any circumstance.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Growing up, my favorite outdoor activity was definitely fishing. During the summer, I could fish for hours every day and never worry about it getting old. This past winter, I rekindled my love for downhill skiing, which I hope to find time for this coming winter.

I know Dublin has incredible outdoor opportunities, so I'm excited to see how this answer expands for me next year!

Phinney, Jonathan

Learning Specialist

 B.A. University of New Hampshire, M.F.A. ibid.

 I grew up in the Monadnock Region, and hold dearly the natural beauty we take for granted.  

I am constantly enthralled by the power of words to describe the infinite variety of human experience, and by the experience created by words themselves. I studied English and Writing at UNH, though I am fascinated by almost every other subject. I took an Intro to Marine Biology course my senior year and believe that, had I taken it sooner, I would have changed my major. I feel the same way about an oil painting class I took the semester before. While writing, and teaching writing, are my passions, I believe this diversity of interests prepared me well to be a tutor here at Dublin.  

I have lived on the NH seacoast, in San Jose, California, and even, for a semester of college, in Southern India. I have come full circle, to live again in the shadow of Monadnock. This area is special. I consider myself lucky to live just down the road from Dublin, in Harrisville, with my wonderful daughter, Amelia.

What book has made you think the most? The Magus, by John Fowles

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Mike O'Leary. He was my favorite High School English teacher. He encouraged inquiry and original thinking. He valued and sought difference of opinion, and pushed students to think deeply and work to articulate their differences.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? I took a screenwriting class in grad school that was actually a form and technique workshop in fiction writing. Each week, four students would write a scene and a synopsis for a movie. Each would choose fellow students to act in our scenes, serving as director for the performance, held right in the classroom. It was messy and fun and chaotic, and turned out to be a great way to get inside the process of conceiving, visualizing, and dramatizing a story.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Listen to mid-career John Coltrane and drink really good coffee, maybe read a little Jack Gilbert.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I love a challenging hike, where the change in altitude or terrain reveals changes in the landscape.