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90 seconds w/ Ms. Lyons and Mr. D
Jae Won Moon '20 Associate Editor
April 24, 2019
Credit: Madeline Lee

If you could trade lives with someone for a day who would it be?

Ms. Lyons: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”

Mr. Dickinson: “Prince.”  

If you weren’t a teacher, what job would you have?

Mr. Dickinson: “I would do something that has to do with art, either visual or musical, or honestly probably both.”

Ms. Lyons: “I would found an organization that would help feed the world.”

What is your go-to breakfast?

Mr. Dickinson: “I go for three cups of coffee and an English muffin with peanut butter; this meal cuts the risk of colds by 400%.”

Ms. Lyons: “I usually eat oatmeal with cinnamon, walnuts and organically grown blueberries all with a cup of green tea.”

What is your favorite sport to play?

Mr. Dickinson: “Tennis.”

Ms. Lyons: “Golf; I add a chapter to my curse book every time.” 

If you won the lottery what would you do first?

Ms. Lyons: “I would give away 15% to charity and family needs. And for myself, I would purchase an apartment in Paris and a Lamborghini.”

Mr. Dickinson: “I would get a pilot license and buy a plane to travel the world.”

What are three things you would bring to a deserted island?

Mr. Dickinson: “Food, water, and a surfboard.”

Ms. Lyons: “Champagne, sunscreen, and my Kindle.”

What decade had the best students?

Mr. Dickinson: “The 1990s was the golden era of this school. There were really smart kids and good athletes. It was also a time pre-email…..too many gizmos now.”

Ms. Lyons: “I agree.”

If you could go one place in the world where would it be?

Mr. Dickinson: “Prince Edward Island has been our escape from boarding school life.”

Ms. Lyons: “All the countries in Asia.”

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Mr. Dickinson: “Justify your existence!”

Ms. Lyons: “Do it with conviction!”

Credit: Natasha Leong

What is your most embarrassing childhood memory?

Mr. Dickinson: “The teacher was tired of letting the 5 year-olds go to the bathroom so often, so I just peed my pants.”

Ms. Lyons: “At the Bushnell Memorial in Hartford, CT, I tap-danced in a dance recital with lots of people. During the scene when I was supposed to bend down, I kicked up…”

Did you have a high school nickname?

Mr. Dickinson & Ms. Lyons: “If you think I could repeat it to you, no way.”

What is your favorite memory at Deerfield? 

Mr. Dickinson: “When I was the Chair of the Arts department, and when I was awarded the Hilson Chair, the Academic Chair, and the Greer chairs.”

Ms. Lyons: “When I was the Chair of the Language department, and when I also won the Greer Chair, and the Chair of Independence Foundation Chair. Also, I loved working in the Language department, and witnessing the return to co-education.”