Welcome to #HathChat: In this new blog series, we’re featuring a Q&A with a different member of the Hathaway Brown faculty and staff. Bookmark hb.edu/blog for a new HathChat every other week!
This week, meet Brittany Tarver ’06, upper school wellness teacher at HB!
As a Hathaway Brown alumna from the class of 2006, Brittany Tarver is back at HB as the Upper School Wellness Teacher. In the classroom, she focuses her time with her students teaching intellectual, physical, community and action, and social and emotional wellness. Read on for more!
What is a day in your life like?
My life during the day as a teacher is exciting and very full. I teach about four classes and three grades three grades each day, and I mentor a group of fabulous girls. I teach my students that to be healthy you can’t just focus one part of your health. My goal is to encourage each student to be in tuned with all components of wellness to see how each can positively affect their lives and help them achieve overall balance.
Speaking of balance, it’s kind of odd but I always know what day it is because I always know what exercise class I’ll attend in the evening. Monday is step aerobics, Tuesday is strictly strength, Wednesday is cardio resistance training, and the days go on from there. Being able to challenge my body and get stronger is one of my favorite parts of the day.
My day life always reminds me of my exercise life, because I know if I work hard I’ll have rest at the end, and I’ll feel great.
Tell us about the path that you took and eventually led you to Hathaway Brown School.
I came from a corporate wellness setting. Corporate wellness was fun and I got to assist and teach adults as they continued or started their paths to healthy living. I did a lot of health programming activities for the company I worked for. It was a great experience and it left me thinking how else could I contribute to the world. I dreamed about a program where healthy and balanced living was being taught to young people and then I learned that there was one, at HB!
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Building relationships with students and colleagues is what I enjoy the most. I get so much energy from interacting with others. It also makes me happy that I get to talk about health all the time and it serves as a constant reminder of my own health goals.
How do you stay creative and inspired?
I think being around inspirational people, like my colleagues and students, is what inspires me the most. I also read a lot: health blogs, articles, and newspapers. Keeping current in topics about health and wellness and seeing what other professionals are doing and researching keeps me inspired and wanting to share that information in the classroom.
If you weren’t a wellness teacher, what do you think you would be doing?
I have a passion for physical rehabilitation. I used to work in physical therapy clinic when I lived in D.C. If I wasn’t teaching I would try and reenter that field. I love wellness, because it is all about preventing conditions before they occur. If I wasn’t on the preventative side of things I would definitely want to be on the rehabilitation side.
What is something most people might know about you?
I love watching old teenage TV series. Over summer break I watched all six seasons of Dawson’s Creek. I also like Gossip Girl, Laguna Beach, and The Hills.
What school, career, or life advice a.) do you wish you had received and/or b.) that you would give to students today?
I think I received this advice as a student but I didn’t act on it as much as I could have: Don’t live your life by fear. What you want to accomplish may be hard and require much effort, but don’t let that deter you from making moves towards your goal.
Stay tuned for our next #HathChat coming soon!