Meet Parrish Preston
2017-2019 Kenan-Lewis Fellow
BA in Classics Washington and Lee University
Teaching and coaching assignments:
Latin II and Latin III Honors, climbing, mountain biking
Memorable Woodberry moment:
One Friday about a month into the school year, I walked into class at 8:00 a.m. to teach Latin III, but to my dismay I found that I had lost my voice. As I was introducing the next section of Caesar’s De Bello Gallico at what must have been almost an inaudible decibel, I heard my students, of their own volition, turn to each other and utter: “Okay, we are only going to whisper for the rest of class.” For the subsequent forty-five minutes, all that could be heard in the classroom were the hushed tones of six students and their taciturn teacher discussing the finer points of Latin grammar and syntax. This anecdote seems inconsequential at first glance, but to me it is indicative of the welcoming, engaging, and inquisitive nature of Woodberry students.
On teaching boys in a boarding school setting:
The boarding school environment is singularly conducive to building relationships between teacher and student that are inherently more profound. Each has the chance to understand the other as a person, not just as a scholar, athlete, actor, musician, or artist. Dorm life transforms the traditional interaction of teacher and student into dorm master and resident to form holistic, interpersonal connection.