Humans of Northwood: Ms. Leigh Getz


Photo credit: Mr. Michael Aldridge.

“I’m weird and uniquely myself, I wouldn’t change for anyone else. I would like to say that I’m pretty sassy but I’m not sure if that came with age. I’m from Clifton Park, NY. I went to public school until I completed my junior year and then jumped on the prep hockey bandwagon with all my teammates. Then I ended up at Canterbury for two years. I repeated my junior year, graduated in 2011, then applied early decision to Connecticut College. The most unique thing about me is probably the titanium rod in my right leg. I had two surgeries, one for my ACL and one for my leg break. I love to read, I like listening to podcasts, that comes with age too. I love being outdoors, which is one of the reasons I took the opportunity to move to Lake Placid. I obviously love what I do, teaching and coaching. Life happens when you least expect it. Ever since the summer of my junior year in college I wanted to be in an environment that was surrounded by both water and mountains. When this opportunity presented itself everything just fell into place and it was something I felt I couldn’t say no to. I was at a point where I felt I needed change and Northwood happened to be that change. It had everything I needed and more. I’m truly grateful for this new direction. To be honest, my favorite thing to do outside of coaching and teaching is connecting with friends I haven’t seen in a long time. Growing up, my teachers were my role models, my coaches were my role models, and I knew I wanted to teach since I was 11. So when I went to prep school I realized that I could have the best of both…and here I am! I don’t know where I see myself in ten years. We spend a lot of our lives projecting where were supposed to be and I feel like sometimes you just have to go with the flow.”

As told to Ashley Davis ‘17


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