December 15th, 2023
|In this series, we’re highlighting Selwyn’s faculty and staff. In the classroom, we know our faculty are dynamic and engaged educators with subject matter expertise and an insatiable curiosity to learn. But what are they like out of the classroom? Find out!
Faculty Friday Spotlight:
Chase Eddington | Director, Development & Communications | Upper School English
How many years have you been in education?
What’s your favorite class or project to teach?
Teaching Frankenstein to Sophomores is always fun! I also love pairing Seneca’s “On the Good Life” with the contemporary French play “Art” by Yasmina Reza. Juxtaposing ancient and modern sensibilities is a fun exercise, and it gets students going. The conversations we have in class are great.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
It hurts my soul a bit to choose just one, so I won’t. I read or reread almost all of George Saunders’ short stories. Some other standouts I read this year include Howard’s End by E.M. Forster; The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt; Fire in the Canyon by Daniel Gumbiner; Elif Batuman’s two novels. I’ve always got a book going so I hesitate to pin down a favorite.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Raspberry iced tea.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I’ve been known to write a poem from time to time.
What’s a hobby you enjoy outside of school?
I hate to admit it, but I’m becoming a pickleball guy.
What do you love most about Selwyn?
I love the freedom that students have to be themselves, and to express themselves openly and safely. I think that kind of freedom is essential for growth as a person.
What tip or advice would you give to students?
I’ll crib a line from Samuel Johnson: “What is written without effort is read without pleasure.”