60 Second Interview: Bing Bingham, Director of College Counseling, English teacher

When I was growing up, I wanted to be:

Many things.  I was undecided, but musician for sure.

I got into education because:

I needed a job and I always knew I had the ability to communicate with the younger generation.

A few words or phrases that describe my approach to teaching/ working with teenagers:

Lead by example.  Communicate.  Challenge.  

I am constantly surprised by:

What students say.

I know I'm reaching a student when:

My class becomes a discussion, not a lecture.

A favorite project I've done with students:

Writing songs and screenplays that work creatively.

If I could take a trip anywhere with students, it would be to:

The Adirondacks.

I am currently reading:

Ernest Hemingway On Writing

The book I'm recommending these days:

The Goldfinch (very long, however)

What I like about teaching at Marvelwood:

Every class is an adventure.  It never gets old.

What I appreciate about Marvelwood students:

Every class is an adventure.  They never get old.

The funniest/ most interesting/ most memorable thing a student said:

Too many to remember over twenty years!

Three things I want my students to take away:

1. I did my best.

2. I was treated with  respect

3. Learning doesn't end in the classroom.

When I'm not teaching, I like to:

Write scripts, write and record songs, play golf, be at the lake in the ADK (where I am now writing this!)

Bing is the Director of College Guidance and teaches senior English. Bing met his longtime collaborator, Joe Knowlton, at Taft School and the two have performed together for many years as Joe and Bing and continue to make records.  They are also crowd favorites at Music on the Mountain, which Bing organized as a place for new and experienced singers, songwriters, poets, and storytellers to showcase their talent. The open mic night series is now in its 8th great year!