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Polly Chatfield is a teacher, poet, and winner of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for her topic "Patterns of Simile in The Divine Comedy". I met her during the 2016 Merrill Speakers Series at the Commonwealth School.
For over twenty years, Polly taught various subjects at Commonwealth. Associate Producer of Feisworld, Adam Leffert, fondly recalls Polly as one of his favorite teachers of all time. He is not alone. Decades after graduation, many of Polly's students still walk up to her at the school, on the street and express how she changed their lives, for the better. I met a few of her students including a Senior Producer from the New York Times and a Judge at the US Circuit Court.
If you didn't know anything about the Commonwealth School (Boston, MA), they are an independent, coed day school for grades 9 through 12, enrolling about 150 students in four grades. They are "academically rigorous, catering to bright, curious students who enjoy intellectual adventures in classes often taught at a college-level". With nearly 75% of graduating seniors recognized as National Merit Finalists, Semifinalists, or Commended Students, and some 35% recognized by the AP Scholars program, Commonwealth School is one of the most recognized and successful private schools in the country.
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