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Getting to Know Alexis Stern
Cathy Morrison

Most recently, she served at Ft. Worth Country Day School in Ft. Worth, Texas. Previously, she worked at The Buckley School after earning her masters’ degree from Harvard University. Before doing her masters’ work, she taught at three schools in the Dallas, Texas area. She’s known of Bishop’s ever since her path crossed with Ron Kim at Buckley, when they were both serving in interim leadership roles. When she learned of a history department opening, she was quick to respond. She was also quick to respond to our New Faculty Questionnaire!

Q: What was your first impression of the Bishop's community? 

A: My first impression was, “This community is so joyful.”

Q: What do you love about teaching? 

A: I love being with students and being able to have conversations about history as well as, and more importantly, about how history connects to and manifests today and in their worlds. I love watching them become super discerning young adults who can see problems or inequities and think about solutions they’ll employ.  My other favorite part is helping students recognize how tremendous they are just as they are, and working to get to know each student to help them gain confidence in themselves, use their voices, and develop deeper perspective and empathy. 

Q: Who is your hero/mentor? 

A: I am fortunate to have a few.  Ron [Kim] has been a steady voice when I need career guidance and in helping think about DEIJ and leadership/school culture.  Abigail Wiebenson, the former head of the Lowell School, was a leadership mentor I worked with when I was a division head who completely changed how I lead to focus entirely on asking questions and building relationships.  Andrew Wooden has also provided some strong guidance and been one I can always ask questions when I need an experienced answer. 

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment? 

A: Probably some of the work I have done for disability advocacy both at schools where I have worked and for the Charcot Marie Tooth Association and the Gladstone Institute at UCSF.

Q: What's on your bucket list? 

A: I would like to get my doctorate and visit way more of Europe, starting with Italy and Portugal.

Q: What's the last book you read? 

A: Does the ninth-grade Modern World History textbook count?  I just re-read “Founding Brothers,” too.

Q: If you had to sing karaoke, what song would you choose? 

A: Anything Aerosmith. Probably “Cryin’”.

Q: If you could travel in time, what time period would you visit and why? 

A: Hands down, Constitutional Convention (1787).  They really could’ve used a woman’s voice…

Q: Who was your favorite teacher in school and why? 

A: Mrs. Jones was my AP US History teacher.  She was traditional but in an inclusive way, meaning there was lecture but it also included so much conversation, and she always stopped to engage students who wanted to draw connections to current events or needed a space to think more deeply. It was structured, yet flexible, and she knew so much. She also made everyone feel smart.