New Faculty/Staff Q&A: Meet John Crampton

To get to know our new faculty and staff a little better, we asked them to answer a handful of questions from the Proust Questionnaire — the famous questionnaire that Vanity Fair asks celebrities to answer on its back page. Here, we learn a little bit more about Upper School Dance Faculty John Crampton. 

Q: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 

A: Insecurity. It can hit at any time about anything at all, so sneaky. It can lead to reflection and growth, but it can also disguise itself really well and negatively affect so many behaviors and decisions. 

Q: Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

A: "Does that make sense?" Sometimes I'm just checking to make sure everybody's with me, but there are also many times that I'm not sure the words made it out of my mouth in a coherent way. 

Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

A: I'd have wings. I've always wanted to be able to fly. I suppose that's why I love dancing so much; it can feel like you're flying around the floor, like your soul is flying.  

Q: Who are your heroes in real life? 

A: I have so many heroes in my life, but I have to say my grandmother is at the top of the list. Edna Daisy will be 104 in November and has been a huge inspiration to me in so many ways. She is gentle and strong, kind and wise, and always has dessert after dinner. 

Q: What is your motto?  

A: Love what you do, do what you love. Enjoy the journey because the destination may be different than you expected. 

Thayer Academy Dance Faculty John Crampton
Upper School Dance Faculty John Crampton.