Priscilla Birdsall

Faculty Information

Location(s)
Middle School
Department(s)
Administration
Title(s)
Middle School Dean of Students

Contact Information

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
502

Education

Degree(s)
BA, William Smith College
Adn'l Study, University of Connecticut
Adn'l Study, Central Connecticut State College

Other Information

Intro
Teaching at The American School in Switzerland from 1988-1990, Priscilla took her students on trips throughout Europe and history came alive.
Biography

Teaching at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) from 1988-1990, Priscilla took her students on trips throughout Europeand history came alive. They studied the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, for example, and then traveled to Prague on the day Soviet troops began withdrawing from Czechoslovakia.

As a teacher of Civics in the Lower School, Priscilla helps her students learn about the events shaping their lives today. Her goal throughout, Priscilla says, is for students to have the background to make intelligent choices in the years ahead.

As a coach in the varsity girls' soccer program, Priscilla urges players to develop a sense of responsibility for their teammates, to push themselves and test their limits, to learn to be creative on the field, and to discipline themselves to succeed at both sports and academics. The girls' hard work has brought impressive results: in Priscilla's seven years on the faculty, the girls have participated in the state playoffs three times, and the 1997 team won the state championship. Priscilla also works with the Middle School basketball roll.

That Priscilla is a teacher is not surprising. Her grandfather was an elementary school principal in Queens, her mom taught kindergarten and first grade, and her father was for a time the chaplain at Pomfret School, the Connecticut prep school that Priscilla attended. She played four sports there and continued with basketball and soccer in college. (At William Smith she was captain and MVP of the soccer team and the outstanding senior athlete.) Priscilla returned to Pomfret, teaching and coaching for six years before moving on to TASIS and then Baylor.

Priscilla is married to Grant Wood, who teaches biology in the Upper School, and they have one daughter, Jessica '12. Priscilla spent summers on Cape Cod growing up and loves to read and sail.

Appointed 1991