You have three lovely daughters. Please tell us about your family.My husband, David and I have been married for almost 17 years. We have three daughters: Rachel (13), Megan (10), and Emily (8). Our oldest attends Brown Summit Magnet Middle School for Advanced Learners. Megan and Emily are both new students at Canterbury this year. David grew up in Gibsonville and I grew up in Lenoir, NC, near Hickory. While I was attending UNCG, David was also attending graduate school there.
What attracted you to Canterbury School? How are you liking the school so far?
We have many friends and fellow church members who have children attending Canterbury and we had always heard great things about it. Last winter, when we knew our girls needed something different, we visited Canterbury. Libba LaFave spent a couple hours on a very cold morning showing us around the campus and telling us all about what the students were learning. As we looked in classrooms we saw students who were engaged and excited as well as teachers who were happy and enthusiastic. From the moment we stepped on campus we felt welcomed. So far this year, we have not been disappointed. Our girls are happy and they are learning. We have all been embraced by Canterbury students, staff, and families.
What does your family like to do for fun? Like most families, we are always on the go!! We are very involved in our church and we love to spend time with family. We like to travel whenever we have the opportunity.
What has been your family or child’s favorite Canterbury moment or tradition thus far?Since we have only been at Canterbury for a little over two months, we haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience many of the traditions, but we loved the family picnic. It was a beautiful day and lots of fun. Megan has enjoyed having the opportunity to read scripture in chapel and Emily loves using the iPad. My personal favorite and a memory that really sums up our experience so far happened on the second day of school. I asked Megan who she sat with at lunch. She answered, “My group.” I thought that perhaps she meant an assigned group of students, but she answered, “No, mom. My group. You know, my friends,” and then proceeded to name them. Second day of 5th grade at a new school and she already had “a group!”
What are your daughters’ favorite things? What kinds of activities do they like? How would you describe them?
Rachel, our 8th grader who attends Brown Summit Middle, is creative, but pragmatic. She has been taking horseback riding lessons for several years and has just started playing soccer. Like all 8th grade families, we are in the throes of making decisions about high school. Megan, our 5th grader, is a bundle of energy! She is very friendly and loves to be silly. She plays soccer and takes horseback rising lessons. She would much rather do math or put together a jigsaw puzzle than read a book! Emily, our 3rd grader, is a sweet and caring girl. She loves to spend time with her friends and, at home, enjoys playing with her dollhouse and Barbie dolls. She takes piano lessons and loves shopping.
Could you tell us about your place(s) of employment, church affiliation, etc.? David works for Honeywell as the VP of Commercial Corporate Accounts. His job involves a lot of traveling and he is often in a different city each week! After being a stay at home mom for 11 years, our church, First Presbyterian, asked me to fill in as the part time Interim Director for Children’s Ministries for a couple months. That was in February of 2014 and I’m still there!
What is your hope for your children while they are at Canterbury?
Of course we want our children to learn and have academic success throughout their school years. However, we also want them to do their learning in an environment where they feel safe, loved, and valued. We also want them to gain life skills beyond academics that will carry them through life and help them become successful adults.
by Andrea Crossley Spencer
Andrea Crossley Spencer is a Canterbury parent to McKenna (5th-Vogel) and Kellen (PreK-Copeland/Kaplan), an author represented by Maria Carvainis agency, and cofounder of Tigermoth Creative. She also serves as a Writopia creative writing instructor in Canterbury’s After School Fine Arts program. Her favorite Canterbury tradition is Chapel Buddies.