New gig, new digs

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View from the new office. Once again, not bad.

This week, I’m settling in to my new position as Director of Learning Support at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. The Academy was founded in 1883 and is a stellar place to learn and work. Since accepting this position in April, I’ve been pleased to discover how many people I know who are connected with the school.

So far, the great irony of working here is that Shady Side Academy is not in the Shadyside neighborhood, where I happen to live. The downside is that I can’t walk or ride my bike to work anymore. The upside is that I’m driving each morning into the middle of a nature preserve across the Allegheny River in Fox Chapel. This morning on my drive to work, I saw a doe and three fawns standing in the woods beside the road.  No ewok sightings yet–it’s not Marin, after all–but it’s astonishingly beautiful.

I’ve only been in the office for a couple of days this week, and already people have been extraordinarily kind and helpful. I’m excited to meet faculty, students, and parents as the summer winds down and the school year gets rolling once more.

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