The Power of a Great Leader
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
- John Quincy Adams
I remember walking into Mr. Byrd's classroom my first day at Fenn. I was nervous and scared. It stayed this way for a few weeks, but as time went on, I began to know Mr. Byrd better and better. He always encouraged me to try know things and nor be afraid to take risks; always saying that it is alright if you do not succeed on the first time. Although I may not have completely known it back in fifth grade, Mr. Byrd's positive reinforcement went on to becoming instrumental in my ability to be ambitious, perform in front of large crowds, and embrace pressure while thriving under it.
Mr. Trotsky, who almost all students call Trotsky, has worked with me mainly in the department of athletics. Trotsky has been someone that I am always elated to see over the course of the school day. Trotsky, who has coached me in football, has shown me that hard work leads to success, but to never forget that having fun is important in moderation. A great example is lead up to one of our biggest games of the season against Dexter. The week before practice, Trotsky had been an instrumental figure in helping the team prepare for the game. He worked us hard in terms of conditioning and positional drills, but also made sure that at times we had a little fun and kept the tone of practices joyful and in high spirits. The day of the game, he also was instrumental in helping me prepare. Myself, along with Lucas Lisman, Henry Peters, and Nick Beck were driving to the game in Trotsky's truck. The five of us talked for almost the whole ride, and it helped ease my nerves and take my mind off the game for a bit before going to battle, while getting in a few laughs and learning some new things. I ended up going on the field calm, relaxed, prepared, and confident, and we earned a big 36-6 win that week with him coaching me on the sidelines. Trotsky has left an impact on my work ethic and preparation both on and off the field.
Ms. Libby is a pioneer, blazing trails for innovative teachers around the world. Heading into Latin I in seventh grade, my first full year of intensive language study, I did not know what to expect. Fortunately for me, Ms. Libby was the perfect teacher. She eased me into learning about all of the vocabulary and grammar, as I slowly increased my confidence as a Latin student. She always did the perfect job of allowing me to learn as well as allow me to have fun. She used funny metaphors to help explain different Latin concepts, and the best part was that she handed us our homework early before class was over, and rewarded us by saying we had no homework if we finished it in class! Ms. Libby was a teacher that always had me excited for class, and she is one of the only teachers to do that. Looking back on my experience in her class, she taught me that learning can be fun if you experience it the right way and bring an optimistic attitude.
I will forever be grateful for what Mr. Byrd, Trotsky, and Ms. Libby have done for me over my Fenn career. I would not be as successful as I am in the classroom, athletically, and socially if it were not for their guidance through crucial lower, middle, and upper school years. Although I physically leave them and head off to High School, they will be in my spirit as a part of who I am forever.