Coming into Belmont Hill in 2020 as a rookie teacher, Ms. Otley has integrated herself and has become an important part of Belmont Hill’s community. In a relatively short period of time, Ms. Otley connected with the Belmont Hill students through athletics, as a coach of the Varsity Basketball and Track and Field teams, and on the academic campus, as a valued math teacher. Along with Coaches DeCaprio and Rohrer, she led the March trip to the Southwest, sharing her many years of outdoor education expertise with nearly thirty students on hikes through the Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyon national parks.
Ms. Otley appreciates the time she spent as both a coach and a teacher as they gave different perspectives on the students and community of Belmont Hill. Her favorite memories are those of the Varsity Basketball team’s great success over the past season, highlighting their win against the St. Sebs team.
Reflecting on her years on the Hill, she said “I met a lot of cool people and students…I really appreciate the camaraderie between the boys and the strong friendships.”
Moving forward, Ms. Otley plans on guiding backpacking trips in Europe in the immediate future. However, she plans to return to the role of an educator sometime in the future. Although we are saddened by the departure of a valued and respected faculty member, the Belmont Hill community thanks Ms. Otley for her years of service and wishes her good luck in her future adventures.