New Faculty/Staff Q&A: Meet Carolyn Lucey

To get to know our new faculty and staff a little better, we asked them to answer a few questions from the Proust Questionnaire — the famous set of questions that Vanity Fair asks celebrities on its back page. Today, we learn a little more about Middle School English Faculty Carolyn Lucey, who earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University and later returned for her master’s in English Education from Columbia’s Teachers College. 

Where would you most like to live? 

I’ve moved many times in my life: from New York City to rural Maine, from Washington, D.C.’s vibrant streets to Southern California’s oceanside hills. Each one offers something special. I’ve learned that it’s the people, not the place, that truly make a home. 

What is your most treasured possession? 

My book of inspirational quotes: we all received one when I was backpacking trip leader for Overland Summers. Each night, a student would select one quote to read around the campfire, and the words always resonated more deeply under the stars. In the decade since, I’ve duct-taped more pages onto the raggedy tome so I could keep adding wisdom; it’s traveled with me as a trustworthy friend in foreign countries, through several moves, and through all of life’s challenges. 

What do you most value in your friends? 

Curiosity and selflessness. I seek friends who find the world interesting, inspiring, and exciting, whether they are artists, scientists, adventurers, or readers. At the same time, I spend a lot of my life thinking about how I can support those around me, and I deeply appreciate friends who return the favor. 

Who are your favorite writers?  

Tamora Pierce (Protector of the Small, Song of the Lioness) was the first author whose series I couldn’t stop reading: her fierce female characters opened my eyes to the possibilities of fiction. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Purple Hibiscus, Americanah) has reshaped the literary universe as a Black, female, Nigerian author. Her characters are also hilariously and heartbreakingly real. David Mitchell (Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas) writes brilliant, synesthetic descriptions of everything from Darwinian science to middle-school crushes. … I could go on, so come find me to chat more!

What is your motto?  

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” — Annie Dillard

Thayer Academy Carolyn Lucey

Carolyn Lucey


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