Our Six Questions Series provides each of our ILS faculty members the opportunity to introduce themselves to our community. We hope you enjoy this feature as a chance to get to know your favorite teachers better, as well as learn more about the other talented and dedicated faculty serving our students and our families. Be sure to say hi as you see each of these teachers around campus!
Today's blog features Miss Carissa Davis, one of our excellent Upper School teachers. Enjoy!
1. What do you teach at ILS/what is your role at ILS?
I teach Literature, Writing, and Art to 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and Logic to 6th.
2. What attracted you to classical, Christian education?
I attended a classical Christian college (Patrick Henry College), where I was exposed to the ideas of the Trivium and the Great Conversation for the first time. As a student, I came to deeply appreciate the integration of knowledge and holistic approach to learning.
3. What do you enjoy most about our ILS community?
I appreciate the fellowship of the community. ILS is not only a school, it's a community of people that enjoys spending time together! I love seeing the students, parents, and teachers all interact at various events.
4. What was your favorite class (or subject) in school?
Math! Throughout high school, I appreciated the black-and-white answers in math. Statistics was a favorite class in college. Reading was a second favorite, and I always have 4-5 books I'm reading at any given time.
5. What book(s) are you currently reading? (What books are on your nightstand?)
I've consumed Dorothy Sayers' mystery novels this summers; I'm currently reading The Documents in the Case. I'm also in the middle of Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, George Herbert's poetry, and the Purgatorio by Dante.
6. Please share one thing families wouldn't already know about you.
I grew up at a Christian camp hidden away in the mountains of California. I had pools, zip lines, full-size volleyball and basketball courts, and an entire forest as my playground. We also lived an hour away from town. If we wanted to go to church, visit friends, buy ice cream - everything was an hour away. I loved it.