Photo by Ayla Safran, ’15
Zoe Fruchter, ’17
While roaming the hallways, you may have noticed some snazzy bowties on an unfamiliar neck, but there is more to Adrian Agredo, BHSEC’s newest English teacher, than some fancy formalwear.
Though Professor Agredo is a recent addition to the English department, he has been a member of the administration since 2008, working as the coordinator of BHSEC’s afterschool program, Bard Early College Academy (BECA). When asked about his favorite part of working at BHSEC, Prof. Agredo said, “I feel lucky to be surrounded by an administration and faculty that I trust.” He holds his pupils in like esteem, saying that “the passion, determination and capacity for analytic thought among this student body is incredible” and that they could survive “gladiatorial contests.” BHSEC’s student population is already small enough, however, without us fighting to the death, so his dream might have to go unrecognized.
Prof. Agredo grew up in Brooklyn and attended Bennington College in Vermont, where he completed the five-year Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. While at Bennington, he pursued his interests in visual arts, a passion that continues to this day. After graduate school, Prof. Agredo taught poetry in residencies across six public high schools in New York City through The Leadership Program, an organization that works to empower youth by providing services in schools and communities. This allowed him to explore his art and writing before committing to a full-time position. He has, however, always wanted to be a high school English teacher, as he believes that as a “product of the NYC public school system,” he was indebted to his high school English teachers for teaching him how literature could enrich his life. He loves English for its “movement” and emotional connections, like, in his own idiosyncratic simile, “the Tupac hologram at Coachella, but with Henry James.”
On a more personal note, Prof. Agredo loves to run, write, cook with friends, do the New York Times crossword puzzle and watch shows at BAM, where his wife works in general management. He would love to visit Barranquilla, Colombia where his father is from to see his extended family. His favorite authors change all the time, but at the moment the list includes Haruki Murakami, Sylvia Plath and John Milton. And, if you’re wondering where he gets all of those ties from, he says, “I pay an old woman to stitch them by hand every morning.”