Finding what I love to do

Photo 1: Through my studies at both Deerfield Academy (2010) and University of Michigan (2014), I came to appreciate the tremendous task charged to a teacher in guiding students towards success through effective social and intellectual development. I discovered my love for teaching and spent four summers interning for a program called Horizons, hosted at Greens Farms Academy. Horizons is a national not-for-profit educational enrichment program operating in 15 states for inner city children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. I taught kindergarten, 2nd and 7th grade reading, writing and mathematics. As a teacher for Horizons, I worked with inner city children whose backgrounds and abilities were diverse. I utilized teaching strategies designed to make learning fun and interactive, while enhancing my classroom management skills. A unique part of my Horizons experience was teaching swimming to children who had never been in a pool before. Additionally, I served as a Horizons Saturday Academy teacher this Fall. I spent my Saturdays working with the same children; reinforcing reading, writing and math skills we had practiced over the summer. Looking back, my moments teaching Horizons children were some of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I have had. I have considered the idea of working at a charter school someday, and began researching graduate school programs.

Photo 2: Currently, I work as a 2nd grade Teaching Assistant at Greens Farms Academy (an independent co-educational college preparatory day school for grades K-12) in Greens Farms, CT. In addition to my passion for education, I believe extra curricular activities reinforce valuable lessons learned in the classroom. By participating on a team, children learn how to collaborate, work hard and inspire one another. I learned this at Deerfield. This spring I will coach the Varsity tennis team at Greens Farms Academy. Another extra curricular activity that has always been important to me is art. This interest stemmed from Mr. Dickinson’s classes at Deerfield and I continued to take many studio art courses, majoring in art history at University of Michigan. I am always eager to incorporate creative and visual exploration in the classroom at Greens Farms.

Bea Crawford



Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

There are Deerfield Clubs in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on specific clubs and their sponsored events. 

Of course! Be sure to read the latest issue of From Albany Road in your email’s in-box for current news of what is happening on campus. As we also send out periodic invitations, it’s always best to make sure we have your current physical address. And if you do plan on visiting campus, why not tell us ahead of time?

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7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342