Video interview of Christine Valenti

Meet the Bryn Mawr Online Faculty (Video)

Get to know the amazing and talented Bryn Mawr Online faculty! Whether you’re a current BMOS student or considering joining our close-knit community, we think you’ll love hearing from French teacher Ms. Valenti and what she brings to our school.

A member of the Bryn Mawr Online faculty since 2022, Christine Valenti has more than 25 years of teaching experience and holds bachelor’s degrees in history and social studies secondary education from the University of Maryland, College Park and a master’s degree in education from Bowie State University. She has also done graduate work through the University of Colorado, Boulder in language teaching with technology. She enjoys running and swimming in her spare time. Ms. Valenti’s dedication to her students and her subject matter shines through in everything she does.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Thanks to the amazing talent of filmmaker Rachel Shin (Bryn Mawr Class of 2023), currently making waves as a freshman at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, we’ve got a special treat for you: a “Meet the Faculty” video featuring Ms. Valenti herself. In this video, you’ll get a glimpse into Ms. Valenti’s world, her teaching philosophy, and what makes her tick. 

At Bryn Mawr Online, we’re not just about delivering top-notch education–we’re all about fostering a sense of connection and community. And our faculty members, like Ms. Valenti, play a crucial role in making that happen. From her infectious enthusiasm for her field to her genuine care for her students’ success, you’ll see firsthand why  Ms. Valenti is such a beloved member of the Bryn Mawr Online community.

So, whether you’re gearing up for your next class or just curious about what sets Bryn Mawr Online apart, be sure to check out Rachel’s video and get to know Ms. Valenti. We guarantee you’ll walk away feeling inspired and excited about the incredible opportunities waiting for you here.

About the Filmmaker

Photo of filmmakerRachel Shin is currently a freshman at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she is majoring in Cinema and Media Studies. Prior to USC, Rachel spent seven years at the Bryn Mawr School for Girls in Baltimore, MD. At the end of her senior year of high school, Rachel had the incredible opportunity to intern for Xan Parker, an award-winning documentary producer in New York. During this internship, she curated archival research materials for a documentary film in development (director – Yoruba Richen, executive producer – Dawn Porter), focusing on the lives of Black women elected prosecutors. Outside of her classes, Rachel is actively involved in the Women’s Ice Hockey team, Korean Culture Night Club, Asian Pacific Cinema Association, and Korean American Leaders of Hollywood Club.

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Meet Mallory Pladus

English Teacher

Where do you live?
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

What do you like about teaching online?
I like the small school environment, the ambitious students BMOS attracts, and the flexibility learning and teaching online affords students and faculty.

What do you like to do when you’re NOT in school?
Hike, travel, play frisbee, and spend time on the Jersey Shore.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Japan. My dad is half Japanese, and there is a rumor in our family that he and my aunt relinquished property rights to a small portion of a mountain in Japan. I’d like to go see that mountain.

Best way to spend a Saturday?
Reading outside.

What do you want students to remember about you?
I want them to remember that I did my best to make literature open up for them in surprising, intriguing ways and that I cared about their ideas.

Personal catchphrase?
“Let’s reflect on this.”

Who inspires you?
Writers I love: James Baldwin, Marilynne Robinson, Louise Erdrich, to name a few.

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS (and why)?
The poet Sarah Ali visited our English 9 and 10 classes to discuss her poem about animal roadkill. The students asked great questions, and she gave thoughtful answers. We broached a topic that often feels too intractable to talk about.