New 2022 Grade Dean Fosters Community
After departure of previous Senior Grade Dean, Class of ‘22 works to form unique, deep relationships with new class head
October 10, 2021
Maggie Bowman is hardly a new face to the Blake community, but this year she is taking on a new position as the Class of 2022’s Grade Dean. Bowman has been a part of the Social Studies Department for the past four years, teaching classes like Moral Issues in the Modern World, World History, and World Religions. While at Blake, she has also been the head coach for the cross country team and an assistant coach for the track and field team.
The Class of 2022’s former Dean, Anne Rubin, announced last year that she would not be returning the following school year, kickstarting the process of finding someone to replace her. Since joining Blake, Bowman has always taken interest in the grade dean job, so naturally, she decided to apply last spring. She shares, “[it’s] a position that I was looking forward to hopefully having someday … [I] was looking to continue to grow in my career and grow in my relationships with students and the Blake community.”
After going through the whole interview process, she was chosen to take over as the grade dean. Bowman is excited and optimistic about the upcoming school year and the new opportunities it will bring for her. She explains, “The kinds of conversations that I get to have with students are different than the kinds of conversations that you get to have in the classroom. I think that’s a really cool part of my new job.”
She is an amazing person. She’s always super fun and energetic and I appreciate how she doesn’t talk down to us. She talks to us like we’re peers.”
— Becky Perkins ‘22
When asked about completing her first week of school as a grade dean, Bowman said, “The first week of school is always crazy I think for everybody. Crazy in a good way… [that] week, for me, I think felt extra crazy.” She explained that it will just take her some time to get back in the flow of school and figure out what life as a dean looks like.
While Bowman is only teaching one section each semester, she is still coaching the cross country and track and field teams, but she’s not worried about balancing her multiple positions: “The nice thing is that the track and field and cross country practices are not new. I’ve been doing that every year since I got here.” Every day, after school ends, she looks forward to “going over to the Middle School campus, getting to go for a run, and enjoy a beautiful day in the afternoon with the other coaches and the athletes.” Bowman adds that she doesn’t have a problem managing teaching and coaching because “it’s the same kind of balance that students have to strike with sports or clubs.”
Fellow grade dean CJ Eckhardt was in a similar position as Bowman when she became a grade dean for the Class of 2021 last year. She says that “coming in as a Senior Dean is really hard.” Eckhardt continues and explains, “They already have a flow, they already have a sense of community, and you’re not trying to change it when you come in as a new dean, you’re just trying to continue to ride that wave.”
I really like that she always has a positive attitude and she is really good to get ad- vice from and help us with any problems that we have.”
— Madelyn Besikof ‘22
Bowman also recognized the challenge facing her and the senior class, she says, “[I’m] trying to make the transition from one dean to another as seamless as possible for a class that’s going into their last year at Blake… I thought that it would be beneficial for students to have a dean who was somebody that some of them already knew or already had a relationship with.”
Eckhardt has the utmost confidence in Bowman as she takes on this new job. She says, “You either know Ms. Bowman or you know of Ms. Bowman. She has such great energy… Ms. Bowman is beyond prepared and beyond ready for this gig, it’s not even funny.”