Elisabeth Woutera Pasterkamp

Job: History Teacher, Director of Afternoon Activities, Director of Work Program
Education: B.A. Economics and Geography, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands, M.A. European Studies, Dartmouth College Advanced Studies, University of Amsterdam

The students here really ‘get’ the value of work for the broader perspective it gives.

“Lies” (pronounced “Leese”) teaches European History and is the director of the School’s Work and Afternoon Activities programs. For over more than thirty years, Lies has worn many other hats, most notably directing the Evening Activities program for fifteen years and serving as the faculty representative to the Board of Trustees for at least six terms.

I came to Putney right after finishing college in the Netherlands. I intended to stay for a one-year internship. But each morning I could see the light change on Mount Monadnock. I could run, bike and ski on the school’s magnificent trails. Somehow I couldn’t manage to leave either the community or the location. “I started teaching European History after I finished my graduate studies at Dartmouth College in 1986. I love teaching the history of my continent and challenging the students to reach beyond their own experience both in space and in time. I base my course work on a mixture of primary resources and literature. “I also love directing the Work Program and the Afternoon Activity Program. The students here really ‘get’ the value of work for the broader perspective it gives, as well as for the skills they learn and work experience they acquire. Part of what we do with the Work, Evening, and Afternoon Programs, is impart a real hands-on, experiential perspective.

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