ThoughBethany Grandy, Middle School English Instructor, has always enjoyed reading and writing, it was during middle school, and under the tutelage of several devoted teachers, that her appreciation for and aptitude in English truly flourished. It is no surprise then, that Ms. Grandy has chosen to work with that age group to reciprocate the love of literature that was nurtured in her during those precious middle school years.
As a first-generation college student, Ms. Grandy wholly embodies the Gerstell Motto of Leadership, Honor, and Courage. After graduating from community college in 2012, Ms. Grandy earned two full-tuition scholarships to Bucknell University where she studied English Literature and Secondary Education. While earning her Master’s Degree, Ms. Grandy worked as both a writing consultant and a teaching assistant for her professor’s “Literature of the Holocaust” seminar. These opportunities to instruct others, coupled with her enduring love of literature, led her directly into the teaching field.
In the year between graduating and landing her first full-time teaching position, Ms. Grandy stayed busy working as an Education Coordinator and Professional Tutor for a Pennsylvania tutoring company. Always keeping her goal of teaching in sight, however, Ms. Grandy accepted an interim English position at a private school in New Jersey where she taught seventh and eighth grade Literature classes, served as an academic advisor and sponsored a middle school book club.
Now as a member of the Gerstell community, Ms. Grandy is eager to integrate and interweave powerful lessons of empathy and leadership into the classroom. According to Ms. Grandy, “More than any specific curriculum I teach my students, I hope that they will internalize these valuable lessons of leadership and leave my classroom constantly thinking of ways they can serve their community and positively impact the lives of those around them.”
Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Grandy currently resides in Owings Mills. In her free time, Ms. Grandy enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends and staying active by hiking, kayaking, volunteering, and exploring the surrounding metropolitan areas. Ms. Grandy feels right at home both in Maryland and at Gerstell Academy.