Mike and Brenda Boone arrived at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 2012 when Mike joined the faculty as its first engineering instructor. He was also charged with building the School’s Engineering Center of Excellence, which has grown steadily each year. The Engineering Lab on the second floor of Fayfield Hall is a hub of activity and innovation as students learn programming and explore engineering solutions to a variety of challenges.
The Boone family has lived in Breck Dorm previously and now live in Clapp Dorm. They are “parenting” 10th grade boys while also raising their two children Jamison age 6 and Lyla age 4. Their golden retriever Wally also keeps a close eye on all the action.
Mike enjoys teaching high-level material to his engineering students. “Shattuck-St. Mary’s has given me the opportunity to teach classes I never thought could be taught at the high school level. The projects my students work on are very challenging, but at the same time, very fun and rewarding. I also enjoy living and working in an international community and learning about other cultures.”
The Boones have embraced life on campus and Brenda appreciates the welcoming atmosphere. “What I love most about living here at Shattuck-St. Mary’s are all of the students and people working hard around our campus to make this a nice place to live and the way they take time to stop and show interest and friendship for our kids,” Brenda said. “These people appreciate our kids for who they are, even if that means having to discuss elevators! They have filled flat tires on bikes, saved a favorite flavor of yogurt for their arrival at the dining hall, helped tie my son’s necktie for school, celebrated birthdays, taught them Chinese words over dinner, given them a toot of the bus’s horn, given countless treats, and included our family in their plans. These things mean so much to me as a parent! I don’t get to know people here as well as Mike gets to through working here, but I definitely get to know the people with the biggest hearts!”