Aug 31

Faculty/Staff Spotlight – Mrs. Beth Newman

How many years have you been at Brebeuf and in what capacities?  

I’m a College Counselor and am going into my 11th year at Brebeuf. I worked at Brebeuf from 1999-2004 and happily returned in the fall of 2012.  

What’s your favorite thing about the role you play at Brebeuf?

I feel extremely fortunate to be working with students and parents during such a formative time in a student’s life.  It’s personally rewarding to see them successfully navigate the college admissions process and be so excited about taking the next step in their young lives. 

What makes Brebeuf different from other area high schools?

Brebeuf’s sense of community is truly special and so strong that it feels like an extended family.  It’s a place where everyone is accepted, nurtured and loved, and a place where students are encouraged to reach their fullest potential.

Describe a memorable moment from your time at Brebeuf. 

I have experienced so many wonderful instances where students have texted or come into my office to share the good news with me that they were admitted to their college of choice.  These are priceless moments that I am grateful to get to share with them. 

If one of your friends was considering sending their child to Brebeuf, what would you tell them? 

I would tell them that Brebeuf is not only a school that offers academic rigor but is also a place where their child will be cared for and encouraged to grow. Their child will be challenged to develop personal responsibility and to mature into a young person who will want to make a positive difference in the world. 

What’s something that challenges you, and how do you navigate that challenge? 

It can be challenging to present the realities of highly selective college admissions. It’s important to navigate this challenge by remaining focused on all of the options that are available and encourage students to take advantage of them.

Who inspires you? 

I’m inspired by the good in others. The students I get to work with astound me with their incredible young minds and desire to make a positive impact on the world.  Their potential provides me with a deep sense of hope. 

What do you like to do in your spare time, when not working at Brebeuf? 

I love to walk outdoors. I find it fortifying and grounding to hike a trail in the woods or a path along the water. I also love to read and listen to interviews and/or podcasts.  And most of all, I love being with my two incredible kids and husband.

Tell us something about you that most people don’t know… 

I’m from the state of Delaware and went to the University of Virginia, where I played volleyball.  Both are dear to me and hold a very special place in my heart.