By: Kareena Dua
One of the aspects that separates Shorecrest from other private schools is the importance placed on having a small, close-knit community between peers and teachers. This year alone, Shorecrest has welcomed over forty new students and a handful of new teachers to the upper school. With all of this newness, The Chronicle presents a new column named “New Teacher Spotlight” to help give students, parents, and other teachers the opportunity to learn more about the newest members to the Shorecrest community.
Dean Hardy joined the administration and teaching team at Shorecrest this year as the Upper School Dean of Student Life and has been teaching for over 20 years. To kick off our first edition of “New Teacher Spotlight,” say hello to Dean Ann Marie Hardy.
Where did you grow up and where did you go to college?
I grew up in Illinois, Florida, and Missouri. I have my undergraduate degree in education from Illinois Wesleyan University and my graduate degree in school counseling from Missouri Baptist University in Missouri.
How many states have you lived in and where is your favorite place to go?
I’ve lived in four states: Illinois, Florida, Virginia, and Missouri. My absolute favorite place to be is on the water in a boat.
Do you have any kids?
I have two human kids; Noah is 22 years old and Luci Ella is 19 years old. And I have two dog kids, a pittie named Charlotte Mae and a Frenchie named Oliver James.
Where did you work before Shorecrest?
Most recently, I worked for three years at Berkeley Prep School in Tampa; before that, I was at Whitfield School in St. Louis, Missouri.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
I can’t live without friends who make me laugh.
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest personal accomplishment is raising two children who are awesome human beings.
What is your personal philosophy?
Negative thoughts won’t give you a positive life.
What is the best book you have ever read?
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my favorites.
What has been the greatest challenge in your life thus far?
Honestly, watching one of the people I love most on this earth go through a mental health crisis.
Tell us something surprising/unexpected about yourself?
I’m rather good at fly fishing.
Who is your hero and why?
Pema Chödrön and Ted Lasso because they both do their best to bring people together by being introspective, kind, and humorous.
What is your favorite thing about working at Shorecrest so far?
So far, my favorite part about working at Shorecrest has been watching the incredible school spirit and camaraderie during Homecoming week.
What do you hope to accomplish during your first year as dean at Shorecrest Preparatory School?
I hope to build meaningful relationships and to begin to understand how I can best help.
What is one piece of advice you would want to give to your younger self and to the students at Shorecrest?
If and when you feel stuff strongly, find your breath and take at least three long, deep breaths because this too shall pass.
Rapid Fire Questions
Favorite Food? Pizza
First Job? Lifeguard and Swim Instructor
Favorite Subject? Tie for Art and English
First Love? I met my husband when I was a ninth grader; I thought he was pretty awesome even then!
Last text you sent? To Stella Pagano to give the green light for pajama day.
Who would play you in a movie? I defer that question to my agent, Mr. Weil.
All-time Favorite Song? Impossible question to answer because I love music so much. Mr. Power’s band- The Hip Abduction– have some pretty rad songs, though.
Your happy place? Hot yoga studio
Scale of 1-10, how good of a driver are you? I would say I’m a 9; my family would say I’m a 3.
Is it wrong for a vegetarian to eat animal crackers? As a vegetarian, I enjoy animal crackers as long as they’re frosted.
What’s your ideal outside temperature? 80 degrees