"As my family and I begin our 32nd year at Portsmouth, it's easy to look back and realize how quickly the School became not just a job, but a home. It's the same feeling a great number of our students have, as the School becomes their home away from home, sometimes to their surprise. As someone who left Portsmouth after three years, and then returned "for one more year" 28 years ago, I can say with assurance that Portsmouth has a way of growing on you."
Mrs. Laureen Bonin
"Every day is different in the classroom. The beauty of teaching literature is that it raises an unbelievable array of topics, which allows for varied discussions that reveal the students’ skills, but also who they are. Over the years of teaching English I, Creative Writing, and Fifth Form English, or house parenting in St. Mary’s and St. Brigid’s, or advising The Raven, The Beacon, and the Culinary Arts Club, or just plain old advising Advisees, I have met really terrific students who made my job incredibly fun. I’m thrilled that I still keep in touch with so many through photos and comments (thanks Facebook), and I have been proud of them for the lives they are leading beyond the Abbey. It began with the Word and continues with the Word."
Dr. Katie Zins '04
"Being a Raven means supporting each other as we grow in community. In teaching Humanities, I feel like I am a student again, constantly learning from conversations with my students and from reading books of the past that have the power to speak to us in the present. I try to model this love of learning for my students and show them the rewards of embarking on this journey together. What’s more is that Abbey students have the chance to live out what they learn in the classroom in other aspects of their lives – whether in the house, on the stage, on the field, or in our daily interactions with one another. Getting to be a witness to and participant in this process is a privilege and part of what makes working here so exciting. "
"My experience at Portsmouth Abbey was instrumental in shaping who I am today. The rigorous academics prepared me for a very different academic system in the UK. Outside of studies, my passion for running was born at the Abbey (however, my "runs" are more like leisurely jogs, not the hill sprints in the rain, next to the bay that Mr. McDonough would have us endure). Most importantly, at Portsmouth Abbey, I learned a strong sense of self and the value of true friendship."
Mrs. Susan McCarthy
"Before I began teaching at Portsmouth Abbey, I was a chemical engineer at the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. Now while teaching AP Statistics, I try to bring in real-world applications into the classroom as much as possible even if it doesn’t relate to chemical engineering or the environment. The students really get into the real-life applications, and the quality of their work is amazing."
"Portsmouth Abbey School has become so much more than a school to me. It is a community that encourages you to grow. I have found that no matter who you are or what you do, someone is always there cheering you on."
Grounded in the Catholic faith and 1,500-year-old Benedictine intellectual tradition, we foster:
- Reverence for God and the human person
- Respect for learning and order
- Responsibility for the shared experience of community life
Part of our mission is to live in a community that values each of its members. This enables students to better understand themselves and the world around them. We celebrate our achievements and we offer help to those in need in an effort to make this a more gracious community.
This past year, Portsmouth Abbey School dedicated our new state-of-the-art science education facility. The new building features seven laboratories & seven classrooms, a multi-purpose seminar room, a two-story commons and a student project lab for independent work in areas such as robotics, hydroponics, autonomous gliders, and more.