K-12 Mentor: Robert Hines
Richard Montgomery High School
Faculty Mentor: Gregory Staley*, Classics
I have been privileged to have had a number of exceptional teachers throughout the course of my academic career and have learned a great deal from each of them. The first of these two mentors is Mr. Robert Hines, my IB history teacher. Whether it was the material we learned in class, something we discussed in History Club, helping me get published in the Concord Review, or a quick lesson about early 18th century ceramics in the field during an Archaeology Club excursion, Mr. Hines' passion for the subject of history permeated my entire high school experience, and even my college experience as I have returned to work with Mr. Hines in his archaeology endeavors almost every summer. Prof. Greg Staley, my UMD faculty mentor, is the Director of Honors Humanities, and the first professor I had as part of that program. Although I was only in his class for one semester, Prof. Staley has shaped my entire college experience, whether through the Honors Humanities program itself or simply as an amiable conversationalist with an open office door and always has a story to share. In fact, with Prof. Staley, it was never really the details of the things we covered in class that stuck with me; it was the stories he told, the discussions we had, and above all how he always managed to make the humanities "human". Although my academic interests have diverged somewhat from the foundations my mentors established, they have instilled in me a passionate curiosity, an insatiable drive to understand what it means to be human with the very fiber of my being.
*Mr. Hines was named a Teacher-Mentor by a 2015-2016 Merrill Scholar.