When the Student Becomes the Teacher

There’s a new face rocking the boat this year, both in the classroom and on the lake. Mr. Redos, a Blair alumni, has returned to the school this year as an English teacher and the new head coach of the girls crew team. Here I asked him a few questions about what it’s like to be a Buc again, his time traveling the world, his college experience and his high hopes for this year’s crew team.

Q: What’s it like to be back at Blair as a teacher rather than a student?

A: “It’s very interesting to me, mostly because I’ve done many things since, but it’s also like there’s no time that has gone by. There are many new buildings and new faces. But mostly, [as a teacher] going to the faculty meetings, it’s really cool to see how invested the faculty is in you guys.”

Q: Do you enjoy teaching here?

A: “Yes, I enjoy my students. I don’t think I’ve found my rhythm yet, but I enjoy it. But meeting the students… it’s the reason why I became a teacher.”

Q: Are you excited for this spring’s crew season?

A: “Absolutely.”

Q: What are you hoping to accomplish this season?

A: “Well, last year was a very successful year for the rowing team. I think each side needs a bit of work; we want to build up the successes from last year, but we want to build upon the culture that is already kind of in place. I’m looking forward to working with the seven other rowing coaches and using the best parts of our experience.”

Q: How long have you been rowing?

A: “I started rowing at Blair in 2006. I was involved in the sport as an athlete until the end of 2014, and then I was a coach from 2014 to 2017. Then I took a year break, and now I’m back.”

Q: Did you enjoy rowing here when you attended Blair?

A: “My favorite part was that what I put in was what I got out of it, on an individual standpoint. The saying I use when I coach is, ‘this team is bigger than any one of us.’ Having that mentality was very rewarding to me, because I always felt like I had to do things on my own, and I think what was very important going into college was I had to lean on my teammates. And we won a lot, which was nice.”

Q: What did you study in college?

A: “I majored in communication, focusing on health-related social science research. I had two minors: one in education and one in nutritional sciences.”

Q: What are your other interests aside from rowing?

A: “Traveling. I love to travel; I had never traveled outside the country until college. I’ve probably traveled to 40 countries. I’m really into international education, and a big part of that is educating teachers; that’s kind of my big passion. I spent the last year at the University of Montenegro.”

Q: What is the best thing about Blair, in your opinion?

A: “Hard question. Right now, beyond the people and the students, a very practical reason for me to come to a place like Blair, is it has all the jobs I want to do under one umbrella. I used to do 4 to 5 different jobs. I enjoyed them all, because they were very different, but I had 5 different schedules. I don’t have to worry about scheduling practices because it’s built into the schedules. I can focus on the jobs I want to do.”

Q: What is your favorite memory of Blair?

A: “My friends and I used to do a lot of school-spirited activities that were very creative. We really enjoyed interacting with faculty members to come up with really creative ways to show school spirit. If I had to choose my favorite memory… probably winning Stotesbury with my boat in 2008.”

If you see Mr. Redos on campus, strike up a conversation! He might be your next English teacher, coach, or just someone you can ask for advice!

(Copyright 2018 Peyton Schreiber)

Peyton Schreiber

My name is Peyton Schreiber, and I’m a writer for the Oracle. I’m a junior at Blair and an avid reader and writer!