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Elise Kohan

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Elise Kohan
Elise Kohan

How long have you been at Bullis?

Since 2016

What role or roles do you play at Bullis? If you are teaching faculty, what do you teach? 

5th Grade Homeroom teacher; Co-Chair Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Committee 

What made you decide to work in an educational setting? 

Kids make the best co-workers.

What is your favorite thing about working at Bullis?

I enjoy the camaraderie among the LS team and the school spirit.

When not at Bullis, what interests do you pursue?

Weight lifting, yoga, shopping, reading, traveling, parenting a toddler

Who is someone that inspires you and how?

My mom and sisters inspire me. They are all strong women who have chosen their own paths in life. They are strong, sensitive, brave, and inspire me in myriads ways with their kindness, loyalty, perseverance, and hard work.

What is the best book or production that you have read, watched, or listened to lately? 

I am an avid reader- so while my favorite book of the moment is The Pale-faced Lie by David Crow, I would be remiss if I did not mention that I cannot get enough of the show, The Wilds on Amazon Prime. It came out like a week ago and I am already watching the whole season again. Something about wilderness, survival, and teen angst really mesmerizes me.

What global challenge would you like to see tackled and how do you see yourself contributing to the positive change that you desire?

There are so many global issues that I care about. In particular I feel very strongly about waste and sustainability. Two years ago I committed to only buying clothing and shoes from companies who have a smaller carbon footprint. If I want those amazing LuluLemon leggings I buy them used on Poshmark. Most of my new clothes are made in small batches by fairly compensated workers in humane settings. Even though I am only one person, I feel like I am doing my part to help by consuming sustainable and vintage fashion and not falling prey to the waste of fast fashion. 

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them?
When I was 10 years old I volunteered to sit on the shoulders of a unicyclist mime while he performed his show in Jackson Square in New Orleans. After riding in circles while he juggled he asked my mom to throw knives at his head while I was on his shoulders. She threw them, the performer caught them. It was thrilling and terrifying at the same time. I will never forget that moment from my childhood.

I am an expert marksman. As a child, I was president of the bullseye club at my summer camp in Riflery. I love skeet shooting too. I am very competitive when I go shooting with my family.

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose Bullis?

Bullis is amazing because of the faculty. You won't find a more caring, cohesive group of adults whose one mission is to educate your child to the best of their abilities. Teachers at Bullis give their all. They call students, stay up late figuring out how to help students, keep in touch with students after they leave, and share about themselves in order to have rapport with their students. The list goes on, but it's all about the teachers.

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