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Mandy Ball

Jan 09, 2017 02:05PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Mandy Ball

Rockbridge Academy, Millersville

Years teaching at Rockbridge: 7

Currently teaching: 4th–6th grade Classroom Music, direct the Junior High and Senior High Choirs, team teach an aesthetics class for 11th and 12th grade students, coach Fall Cross Country and Spring Running Club, and serve as music director for the school’s musicals and variety shows

Proudest teaching moment: “Some of my most poignant teaching moments have come when a student is confronted by music that is truly, undeniably beautiful, and it powerfully moves them.” 

Teaching philosophy: “I aim to prepare students to winsomely, knowledgeably evaluate and engage the culture around them through a pursuit of truth, goodness, and beauty.”

Toughest challenge facing educators: “G.K. Chesterton observed in 1930 that, ‘People are inundated, blinded, deafened, and mentally paralyzed by a flood of vulgar and tasteless externals, leaving them no time for leisure, thought, or creation from within themselves.’ Amidst our often deaf, utilitarian culture today, I seek to spread a feast of beauty before my students and invite them to slow down and ponder those things that make us human.”

Mandy teaches choir, where she is able to bring out the best of young people and she hopes and prays that each of our students develop a lifelong love of music. She hopes to cultivate this lifelong love of learning both in music and...of all things running. You see, she’s also the cross country coach and she is producing runners that can handle a few bumps in the road. After running at Belvoir (Rockbridge Academy’s cross country course, one of the toughest and yet prettiest courses in Maryland), students will be ready to press on and persevere throughout their life and take on any challenges that come their way.” —Roy Griffith, Headmaster

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