By: Greg Diette
Ms. Mary Ellen Leuver is the newest member of the Gilman teaching staff, officially joining the team just three weeks prior to the start of school. Mr. Heubeck wrote her a letter explaining a need for help in the history department. Ms. Leuver described her reaction upon receiving the letter, saying, “First I fell in love with the idea. Then I had a long conversation with Mr. Huebeck, and I fell even more in love with it.”
Ms. Leuver will bring with her a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of teaching, history, and medicine. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in history from Yale University, where she also earned an M.A. in the history of science and medicine and a B.A. in history and English. While working on her doctorate, Ms. Leuver has served as an instructor at American University in Beirut as well as the University of Maryland. She also worked as a teacher at the high school level at Severn School in Annapolis, while on a sabbatical for her doctorate.
At Gilman, Ms. Leuver will be teaching ninth grade World Cultures and eleventh grade US History. After being asked about her teaching style, she stated, “History is a story. It should never be boring but there is information that needs to be conveyed. But I don’t want to speak at anyone ever, so my teaching style is comprised of a lot of question asking, so we can discuss and learn together.”
Although officially joining Gilman less than a month ago, Ms. Leuver explained the ease at which she has assimilated into the school saying, “I feel like I have adapted incredibly. It’s the people, helping me be able to jump right in…[Gilman] very much feels like home already.” Gilman is very excited to have Ms. Leuver on board!