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Meet Caitlin W.

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Where do you live? I go between Florida and Pennsylvania during the school year, and I stay in Europe for the most of summer. 

Favorite subject: English

Favorite snack: Anything salty like pretzels, or fruit.

Tell us about your equine background: I started when I was four years old. I ride every day except for Mondays. On the weekends, I often compete in some classes with my horses. Generally, I spend anywhere from an hour to all day at the barn depending on my schedule. And I also do various workouts during the week such as personal training, Crossfit, and sometimes boxing.

And your horses? The ones I have right now are Quartz and Desi. Quartz is a bay (brown) and Desi is a chestnut (copper color), Quartz is 7 and Desi is 15, I have had Desi for a year and Quartz is a fairly new horse for me so I am still getting used to him. 

What lessons have you learned through riding that apply to your life? 

I have learned a lot but the most important things are not to give up when something does not go your way, a lot of sportsmanship and respect for the sport, and how to deal with responsibility. 

What is your goal as an equestrian? For now just to have fun and be more consistent, especially after coming off such a difficult injury. 

What do you like about going to school online? I like the flexibility it gives me to travel around for different competitions and just travel in general because that’s a big part of my family. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would go back to Bruges in Belgium or London. Or, I would love to go to the French countryside. 

When you take breaks from school at home, what do you like to do? I like to read a book or go outside since the weather in Florida is amazing. Or, I go out to the barn, talk with friends, play with my dog, or catch up on anything I may need to. Or if it’s Saturday, I watch college football. 

Would you rather travel back in time or travel to the future? The future because I would like to see what happens in the world in like 100-200 years.

Who is someone you look up to? Either my mom because of her work ethic and the way she is constantly putting what others need above her, or some of the famous equestrians like Laura Kraut or McLain Ward (Fun fact: I actually have met both of them which was so awesome!)

What activity/class have you enjoyed the most through BMOS? I enjoy history or English the most as a class because they are my two favorite subjects, and as for the activity I enjoy community time the most because we always end up having so much fun and laughing a lot!

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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.