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Brooks Matthews, 1997
intimately with the school’s youngest students, most recently as the assistant director of the Bryn Mawr Little School,
a co-ed preschool for boys and girls from infant through kindergarten. Nkwanyuo says, “Working at Bryn Mawr is a career, not a job. Most of all, I like the people — the families, the children (especially the youngest children), our faculty and staff. I look forward to coming to work each day. I can be myself and bring my gifts to the table. I can find support in working through any challenges.”
Boys’ Latin School of Maryland (BL) alumnus Jimmy Currie returned to his alma mater in 1980. In his current role in admissions, Currie imparts his own loyalty to the school on prospective students and their families.
“I feel very lucky to have been able to work in the same wonderful place for an entire career. In my time working here, I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to work alongside some incredible people who have mentored me along the way. I’ve served under seven headmasters, and BL has really given me the chance to learn and grow. It has been an unbelievable journey for which I am sincerely grateful,” he says.
Since returning to Boys’ Latin, Currie has worked alongside colleague Dyson Ehrhardt who, last spring, celebrated his 55th year at the school. Serving as Boys’ Latin’s associate headmaster emeritus, Ehrhardt also found himself back home early in his career. A 1959 graduate of Boys’ Latin, Ehrhardt always had a sense he would return. During his junior and senior years, he helped with third and fourth grade recess and gym as part of a work-study program sponsored by the school.
“Spending time working with those kids really helped me realize that I wanted to teach and coach. In the back of my mind, the thought of teaching and coaching at Boys’ Latin was always there,” says Ehrhardt.
On his 55th anniversary at the school, Ehrhardt was asked to recall his fondest memories of Boys’ Latin. “My fondest memories are of my teachers. They were all very different, but together they created the foundation from which we learned,” he explained.
Ehrhardt’s words resonate throughout the halls of many local independent schools today. For students, it is the teachers who make the difference in their daily lives.
The perspective those mentors offer can have a lasting impression, at times, even drawing students to return and serve as the next generation of lifers.
Nick Burns, 1997
John Xanders, 1994

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