Introducing Associate Teacher Grace Jolliffe

Carolyn Borman
We'd like to introduce you to one of our new Stage III Associate Teachers by sharing with you her answers to the questions that we asked - Please welcome Grace Jolliffe!

What is your new position at Roeper - details like what courses you will be teaching, are you working with other faculty?
I’ll be teaching Stage III core classes with Rachel Blum-Jose as an associate teacher!
What were one or two highlights of your life?
Graduating from Kenyon College this year was a major highlight of my life. My family and my sisters came down to campus for the graduation ceremony and then I got to swim with them in the river that runs through campus- I’d only ever done that with my friends, I loved sharing it with them too. Another highlight was driving out to Yellowstone National Park with my family when I was about 9. It was so fun, I remember seeing purple lightning outside of our car one night and then hearing snoring buffalo the next.
If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would it be and why?
For a year, I would live in Barcelona, Spain so that I could visit La Sagrada Familia every day.
What are some things you'd like to share about yourself, your family and birthplace?
I am the youngest of 3, and my 2 older siblings are my best friends. We grew up in West Bloomfield and in the WB public school system. I love being outside, I don’t think I could live in a place without changing seasons. Something crucial to know about me is I think Stevie Wonder is a genius, and I would love to make something as beautiful as his album Songs in the Key of Life. I love art of all kinds, and especially art that blends multiple forms together. An ideal kind of creative work, for me, would combine forms like dance, sculpture, creative writing, acting, music, biography and film- which can happen in a classroom!
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
I love to make theatre as an actor, director, writer, or stage manager. I love to go see and discuss plays. I also like to make cards for various occasions with collage and water color paint. I love to sing and play guitar with my dad. I love to watch plays, TV shows, and movies- and then to discuss them at length. I also play soccer (competitively) and do yoga (peacefully).
What is a topic or skill that you love to teach or share and why?
I have the most experience teaching theatre, so I love teaching improvisation and the very basics of acting. I hope I get to teach it to my stage III students this year, it’s all about the combination of imaginative contexts and practical tasks, or “living truthfully in imaginative circumstances.” I also love social/emotional learning, and I’m looking forward to in-depth discussions with students about their many relationships and perceptions of the world. I think that learning and relating are one in the same, so any kind of learning in the classroom can easily be applied to our understanding of each other.
What is it that appealed to you about Roeper when you took the job?
I wanted to join Roeper’s community because I want to learn how to be a leader who empowers, encourages, and plays with others, not controls them. I am so moved by this school’s commitment to “justice rather than power” - which shapes the school down to the way our classrooms are set up. Being around young people with intense passions for learning, truth, connection, and justice energizes me to let my own intensities shine; in my time here, I want to support this community and let it change me too.
Educating and inspiring gifted students to think as individuals and to engage as a community with compassion for each other and this world.

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