Amy Pentz

Amy arrived at Suffield in 2000 as Director of Residential Life before joining the English department and working as an academic coordinator, class advisor, and member of the discipline committee. Amy received the Richter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008 and now also works for The College Board as a prompt writer for the SSAT tests. At Mount Holyoke College, Amy was a figure skater and licensed DJ and later worked for a large advertising agency in Boston before attending graduate school at the University of Rochester. She previously taught at The Wolfeboro Camp School, St. Mark’s School, and Dublin School [New Hampshire], where she served as the chair of the English department.

Amy lives on campus with her husband Chris [history department] with whom she enjoyed running a dormitory for 13 years. Together they have two sons Greg 15 and Jackson 19, and each summer Amy spends as much time as possible reading and listening to the Red Sox on the radio at the family’s house in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.


Where were you born?  
Boston.

What do you love about where you are from?  
Everything but the traffic and parking.

If someone was traveling to where you are from for 24 hours, what would you recommend?  
Hot Chocolate at Max Brenner’s on Boylston; Red Sox game field box 24; any comedy show in the theater district.

What do you love about where you live now? 
My faculty neighbors.

What is your favorite thing about day to day life at Suffield Academy?  
My classroom has an amazing view of campus and fun students in the seats.

What is the first thing you do every morning when you get to work? 
Unlock the department center in Memorial, turn on the hall lights on the third floor, and strategize my daily throwdown against the language department over the copier.

Who is your favorite artist? 
John Singer Sargent or Monet.

Who do you live on campus with? 
My family makes me live with them.

How do you think your pet would describe you? 
My cat would say I am warm.

Which of your roles at Suffield Academy do you relish the most? 
Teaching, but I did love being a dorm mom in Spencer.

What is the favorite thing in your closet? 
A box of keepsakes.

What is something you believe one can never over invest in?
Family time.

What is/are your prized possession(s)? 
Our log cabin.

What is your favorite song of all time? 
“Boys of Summer” by Don Henley or “I’m Alive” by Kenny Chesney/Dave Matthews.

If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would you dine with? 
My father-in law who passed away several years ago.

Who is your role model?/ Inspiration? 
My mother – she is a retired professor of nursing.

If you could ask anyone for advice, who would you ask? (alive or dead)
My father.

What is your favorite movie? 
Talladega Nights - I have an unnatural obsession with Will Ferrell.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 
Zermatt, Switzerland or Capri, Italy. Why not??

What is your favorite food?  
I had a sacchettini filled with swordfish in Italy on a school trip that I still haven’t gotten over. Also, anyone’s birthday cake.