Take a look and see how faculty and staff at Gunston are setting up our workspaces, practicing self-care, and keeping busy. Keep checking back as we add more!
Mr. Robert Stephenson
Homebase: My dining room table in Easton
Current Projects: Trying to get my backyard garden started and helping my wife keep our 3 year old and 4 month old boys occupied.
Self-Care: Running and biking outside when the weather cooperates
What I am reading: The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson
Ms. Jess Newell
Music Department Chair
Homebase: Easton. My remote office is currently my kitchen table, with my dog Ruxin by my side.
Current Projects: In addition to working remotely, I am playing lots of music, and working on house projects.
Self-Care: A freshly brewed cuppa (translated to a nice cup of tea)
What I am Listening to: Podcasts (Reply All, This American Life, Snap Judgement, and Sawbones) and audiobooks (currently listening to The Shining)
Fav Social Media Accounts:
@Iamlilbib (cute cats), @happsters (positivity), @ohjoy (Joy Cho founder of Oh Joy! Company)
@avokado.ceramic (Ukrainian Potter)
@atomic_furnishing (Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture)
Mrs. Anastasiia du Hoffmann
Homebase: Easton. I am currently sharing an office with my husband. I think he is quite excited to have me as a roommate. Besides, I brought my math books and plants with me!
Current Projects: Living in a house like ours means to never really be finished with projects! We just got a head start on gardening and contemplating our next big renovation.
Self-Care: Bonfires & s’mores, long walks in the woods, a lot of quality time with my two sons and a nice family dinner (I love to cook!) Additionally, I am currently taking an online watercolor illustration class.
What I am Listening to: According to Spotify, my current favorites are: Simon & Garfunkel - Bleecker Street, Bob Dylan - Shelter From the Storm, Joni Mitchel - A Case of You, Cat Stevens - Peace Train, The Beach Boys - God Only Knows and Don McLean - Vincent.
Some of my Favorite Podcasts are:
“David Tennant Does a Podcast with...”
Instagram Inspirations: @severny_mishka (travel, Nordic mythology), @meg_nlo (beautiful portrait photography), @bokehm0n (breathtaking landscape photography), @watercolor.blog (watercolors!), @gregwilliamsphotography (celebrity photographer), @mimiikonn (conscious living, daily gratitude practice & kindness)
Dr. Sarah Lipchock
Homebase: I am currently working from my dining room table, teaching students in Google Meet with occasional appearances from my cats, Ginger and Cayenne. My two human lab assistants have helped me record some YouTube labs for distance learning.
Current Projects: I am figuring out how to teach remotely, while also homeschooling my 2nd grader, Jane, and 5th grader, Simon. We are using LEGOs and treasures from our recycling bin to learn science and art, stacks of books from the library and youtube videos with authors to learn reading, and online games for math. They are also learning a little Spanish to help prepare for our trip to the southwest that we may not get to take this summer and I'm throwing in some lessons on household chores (for once in our lives we are caught up on laundry!).
Self-Care: To keep myself sane I'm training for a 5k with my daughter and I try to read something each night that is not resources for distance learning or children's literature.
What I am Reading/Listening to: Bob by Wendy Mass with Simon and The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el with Jane. My bedtime reading lately includes Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel and I just finished Dear Martin by Nic Stone.
Family Fun: Each night we take a break from our screens with a family game night. Our favorites include Bananagrams, Rummikub, Set, Apples to Apples, and Clue.
Homebase: Chestertown - in the basement for classes, work in the kitchen
Self-Care: Playing Wii sports and dance games, bike rides, playing Quiddler with the family, zoom calls with friends and family in the UK and USA, painting the house, eating cakes made by Lucy.
What I am reading: The freshmen and I finished Great Expectations by Charles Dickens! Also, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng and I got a new subscription to the New Yorker.
What I am listening to: Alexa gives me "Classical Focus" and "Indie Folk" playlist but I am enjoying Bob Dylan and Lou Reed right now, and Pandora's Hipster Cocktail Party is a family favorite.
Podcasts: I love the BBC's In Our Time, plus Marc Maron's WTF, NPR's Fresh Air, and BBC's Desert Island Discs (while I am painting).
Social Media: Goths with Santa, Awkward Family photos,
Mr. John Lewis
Head of School
Homebase: My office at Gunston
Current Projects: Simultaneously leading The Gunston School through our distance learning transition and co-leading a new school—The Gunston Homeschool—for my two girls.
Self-Care: Daily walks or rides on my Peloton and a family movie night every night for the foreseeable future!*
What I am reading: Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli and Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson.
What I'm Binge Watching: Homeland
Family Movie Night choices this week: Bend it Like Beckham, Emma, Inside Out, Wall-E, and Stand by Me.
Ms. Lisa Biggar
Homebase: Galena. My remote office is currently my writing studio overlooking our flower farm.
Current Projects: I am writing a short story cycle set on the Eastern Shore of MD, and this time of year is always busy on the flower farm.
Self-Care: Yoga, meditation, weight training, running, swimming (when the pool reopens)
What I am Reading: Less by Andrew Sean Greer and Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust (for the past ten years. . .)
Some of my Favorite Podcasts: Mind Love, Out of the Blocks, The New Yorker: Fiction, The New Yorker: The Writer's Voice
Mrs. Marie Thomas
Director of Marketing & Communications
Homebase: My walk-in closet.
Current Projects: In addition to keeping my 3.5yo twin boys entertained, fed and alive, and working remotely, I've been painting and creating villages out of all the cardboard boxes we've accumulated.
Self-Care: If it is not raining, I go on long walks. If it is raining, I work out around the house and have Step Competitions (via the FitBit) with friends and family.
What I am reading: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras by Scott Westerfeld & Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD
Fav Social Media Accounts to Follow:
@brenebrown (author), @humansofNY (life)
@mcswys (satire), @lucyknisley (illustrator)
@emilymcdowell_ (illustrator), @thelilynews (News), @mkik808 (the best Live Insta Dance Parties)
Mr. Mark Wiening
Dean of Students
Homebase: Chestertown, at my computer desk.
Current Projects: Sorting the basement (all those spirit day outfits have to live somewhere, you know!), trimming bushes and trees in the yard, learning more about technology and distance education.
Self-Care: Walks around the block, phone calls to family or friends I haven't talked to in a while, Bible reading and online devotions, Words with Friends, riding the exercise bike, making Chai Lattes and London Fogs with my new milk frother
What am I listening to: Classical guitar music, National Public Radio
Mr. Moe Weimer
English Teacher/Your Friendly Neighborhood Wordnerd
Homebase: My new apartment in Annapolis!
Self-Care: Does a lot of baking, pretending I'm on the Great British Baking Show, and eating said baked goods count?
What I am reading: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky, Gumption by Nick Offerman, and all of the Calvin and Hobbes that I can find
What I am listening to: Stephen Malkmus' Traditional Techniques, Angel Olsen's All Mirrors, REM's Document, Vampire Weekend's Father of the Bride, and Grimes' Miss Anthropocene
Instagram Inspirations: @dognamedstella
Ms. Tammy Boone
Academic Support Coordinator
Homebase: Centreville, Maryland, in a cozy corner of my bedroom with an amazing view of the woods. And our trampoline.
Current Projects: I am on a streak with Duolingo for French in the hopes that I will still get to go to France in June. I've also been doing some gardening, walking and biking.
Self Care: Yoga every morning, healthy eating, and getting outside!
What I'm Reading: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
What I'm watching: Call the Midwife (again) and The Office (so cringy!)
Family Fun: We are on the trampoline every night and we go on long bike rides and walks. Our newest favorite board game is "Eyes Closed Jenga."
What I'm Listening to: Nothing, because I realize that I listen to my music in the car and my youngest always has her music playing at home!
Homebase: Centreville. My remote office is a quiet and cozy area in our guest bedroom. Our dog, Auggie, is usually hanging out with me, although she isn't doing much work.
Current Projects: I am keeping busy when not at work with cleaning, cooking and laundry.
Self-Care: When it isn't raining I play frisbee in the yard with our dogs. I have also started doing yoga again.
Currently Reading: I just finished reading, The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell. I loved it! I have been trying to decide on my next book.
Mrs. Becky Schmier aka B$
Homebase: Greensboro. My remote office is upstairs in our extra bedroom.
Current Projects: Cooking, Spring cleaning and finding healthy recipes.
Self-Care: Getting outside as much as I can.
What I am Listening to: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young- Deja Vu, Fleetwood Mac-The Dance
Mr. Ken Wilson
Science Department Chair/Physics/Robotics/
Current Projects: Hitting refresh on my news feed.
Self-Care: Walking with my standard poodle Lilly and my daughter Kira
What I am Reading: If you are in the mood for post-apocalyptic pandemic fiction, I just read Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel and it was very emotionally engaging. I am also reading Will In The World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt. I have listened to Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and my favorite, Julius Caesar on audiobook several times.
Fav Social Media Accounts: r/dataisbeautiful on reddit
Mr. David Miller
Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Homebase: Between my two cats in my living room in Annapolis
Current projects: I love swimming, but my pool is closed, so I am building a list of exercises that will keep me ready for the pool! I’ve also been enjoying doing some creative writing and trying out some new recipes.
Self-Care: Knitting scarves, using my Instant Pot, and Zooming with my friends and family
What I am listening to: Niall Horan’s new album Heartbreak Weather on Spotify
Favorite Social Media: I love the Bon Appetit Magazine Test Kitchen staff! All of them are providing fantastic recipe ideas for me while we’re working remotely, but Claire Saffitz (@csaffitz) is a particular favorite for her baking recipes.
Book I am currently reading: Something That May Shock and Discredit You by Daniel (Ortberg) Lavery who I had the pleasure of meeting in DC before Spring Break.