Polly Chatfield The Gift of Teaching and Giving
    Fei Wu

    Welcome to the Phase World Podcast, engaging conversations that cross the boundaries between business, art and the digital world.

    We are bound, and not only to ourselves and to those around and close to us and to humanity in general, but we are bound to honor this earth to care for our.

    The, the greatest gift is to be able to give. It's just huge. It is one's duty if you have either the means or the time. To serve in some way, to give as generously as you can and to, to give your time.

    If your kids don't become your colleagues part way through, you've essentially been a failure.

    The bottom of it all is you really, really have to love two things and more important than the subject, almost is the kid. You have to love them all and uh, to give them a sense that they can value themselves, you have to value them.

    Hello everybody. This is FA W, and I am here for another episode of the Phase World Podcast. Today I have a very, very special guest whose name is Polly Chad. Polly is a teacher and has been since the 1960s. She's also a poet and winner of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her topic, patterns of Simile in the Divine Comedy.

    I met her at the Meryl Speaker Series at Commonwealth School with our revealing her age. You wouldn't believe me even if I. Poly radiates positive energy. She loves her students, and nearly everyone in the event across multiple generations have taken classes with her, including my associate producer and life partner, Adam Leard.

    For the first time ever, it's a conversation with three people. Good news is that our voices are quite distinct from one another. I don't think you have a hard time to tell who. Oh, by the way, if you didn't know anything about the Commonwealth School, they are an independent co-ed day school for grades nine through 12, enrolling about just 150 students in four grades.

    They are academically rigorous catering to bright curious students who enjoy intellectual adventures in classes, often taught at college level. And by the way, they're also very successful with nearly 75% of the graduating seniors recognized as National Merit finalists, semi-finalists or commended students, and some 35% recognized by the AP Scholars Program.

    For over 20 years, poly taught various subjects at this very school, including Latin and history. Today, her students walk up to her at this school on the street and tell her repeatedly how she changed their lives forever. Most of them have children, some have college aged children. I met a few who now work at the New York Times or the Supreme Court.

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