Math and Science Departments, Assistant Dean of Students
Joined George School in 2002
“When I do service, I’m paying it forward. The ‘village’ that raised me invested a lot in me so now I can give back to others. I’m proud of the work we do.”
Why do you lead George School service trips?
I feel like I’ve been on a zillion and one George School service trips, and I have loved them. I enjoy seeing a different side of students outside the classroom and to get them to see the world outside their bubble.
One of the best parts of service trips is students’ interaction with people they wouldn’t normally interact with. Talking with people becomes as important as serving them.
Students learn a lot without my being preachy. They do service and they spend time reflecting about it. Often they realize the people they meet weren’t destined to be in their situation. Something just didn’t work out. We’re not there long enough to make a long-lasting change for the people we’re serving, but the students themselves are often changed and continue to do service after the project is over.
More about Steven:
Steven came to George School in 2002 with a BA from Earlham College and an MCE from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches both math and chemistry and is a part-time assistant dean. Steven is a frequent George School service trip leader, having gone on ten trips in his first eight years. His outside interests include personal fitness and sampling Philadelphia restaurants.