When Bert McLain P’07, ’09 graduated boarding school, she never imagined she would spend her adulthood living on a campus.
“If you had told me when I was in high school that I was going to be a boarding school teacher I would have laughed in your face,” McLain says. “There’s no way I would have expected this for our future.”
In fact, McLain and her husband were both working towards graduate degrees with other career goals when changes of heart steered them to a life of pedagogy. It’s a sense of self-awareness she hopes to impart to the students with whom she works at Governor’s, whether as a biology teacher, as a lacrosse coach, or in her role living as a dorm parent along with her husband, a history teacher at Governor’s.
“So many of the lessons that kids can learn are learned in the afternoon program, or in the dorm. You get to know kids when you are essentially living with them,” she says. It’s a familiarity that helps when advising on a student’s future.
“I really enjoy helping kids navigate the college process, helping kids choose based on all the right reasons, as opposed to just who has the best soccer program or the best lacrosse program,” she says.
Pursuing personal satisfaction is a lesson McLain continues to model by example. She most recently took her own advice when she made the decision to leave her administrative role as Director of Athletics and Afternoon Programs and return to teaching and coaching full time.
“I fell in love with this profession because of the relationships with kids, and I really wanted to be able to have that again, before I was too old to enjoy it,” McLain says.
With the variety of roles McLain has served in her nineteen year tenure at Governor’s, she has a unique perspective when it comes to the three aspects of the With True Courage campaign.
“I really understand the importance and the balance of all three, the endowment, building projects, and the annual fund,” she says. But for her, the focus remains on the students, and continuing the work she says leaves her smiling from ear to ear.
“This isn’t a job, it’s a life,” she says. “A very fulfilling life.”