After two years in our English department, Ms. D’Annolfo departs Belmont Hill to further her teaching career at the Brooks School. Before coming to Belmont Hill, she worked at the Taft School and Tufts University. She wanted to teach English full-time and was attracted by the school’s reputation, overall energy, and people. Ms. D’Annolfo admired the dedication of her coworkers and students to hard work and the positive, energetic atmosphere here.
During her time at Belmont Hill, she coached 3B soccer with Coach Leonardis and helped to organize other activities, especially during the spring of last year. She was also an active leader in the school’s efforts towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. Working actively with seniors, alumni, and faculty, she initiated various DEI round conversations for advisory meetings that helped bring to light many of the problems facing our school, country, and the world in a context that has never been seen before at Belmont Hill.
Looking back on the shifting dynamics of COVID-19, Ms. D’Annolfo admired the school’s ability to stay resilient and continue to work together during a time of uncertainty and challenge. She was particularly impressed by the sincere conversations held in her classes, her students’ ability to find their voices, and how students would immerse themselves in books by opening their minds to the literature. One of Mrs. D’annolfo’s most memorable moments were the goofy Shakespeare performances presented in Forms II (Caesar) and IV (Macbeth) and the student-written poems for poetry month in April.
Reminiscing on her time at the school, Mrs. D’annolfo fondly remembers, “caring deeply about the students she got the privilege to know, humbled by the powerful experience [of teaching here], and will miss her students and colleagues.” The Belmont Hill school community will certainly miss her energy in the classroom, on the playing field, and in her extracurricular work. The Panel wishes Ms. D’Annolfo the best of luck in her future endeavors.