Debbie DiMicco '72
Language and English Departments
Coach, Field Hockey
Joined George School in 1979
“My time as a George School student was quite a while ago, but the care teachers show for students remains unchanged.”
How do you see your roles as teacher and coach?
I consider myself a “teacher” on the playing field and a “coach” in the classroom.
Every sports competition is a chance to learn, improve, and figure out what to do differently the next time. Even if it doesn’t end in a win, it’s still a victory. Students should not dwell on mistakes but use them as a way to move forward.
It’s the same in the classroom. There’s a time to be serious and intense, to have high expectations and standards, but I also like to make kids laugh and have fun. Students learn through games—even through discussions that border on the absurd—because it keeps them engaged and makes them feel secure and willing to take risks. Making mistakes is a necessary part of the process, the springboard to greater understanding and mastery.
More about Debbie:
Debbie returned to teach at George School in 1979 after receiving a BA from Swarthmore College and an MA from Middlebury College. She teaches both French and English and combines the two as a leader of a long-standing exchange program between George School and Lycée Alfred Kastler in France. In addition, Debbie, the service trip coordinator for George School, coaches field hockey and loves to sing.