The Amazing Ms Mullin
While the year 2020-2021 has been a setback for many people around the world, Ms Mullin and her family decided to move across the globe to take on a new adventure.
Ms Elizabeth Mullin was born in Ontario, but states she is a “BC girl (she grew up in Victoria from age 11) by heart”. She attended Glenlyon-Norfolk School in Victoria, where she was a competitive sailor, field hockey player, and musical theatre and debate student.
After high school, she attended UVic for her Bachelor of Education degree. After teaching for three years in Vancouver, she went back to UVic for her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.
Ms Mullin has a very adventurous soul. She has managed to do what she loves (teaching, of course) in 10 different countries including Qatar, Sudan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Nepal and Canada.
Over her short period of time at the school, Ms Mullin has been a wonderful teacher to her two Grade 10 and 11 English classes, as well as a first term field hockey coach and cross training instructor.
A classic question that I ask each of my interviewees is “What is one accomplishment you are most proud of?” Now, if I tell you I have yet to be disappointed, that would be a gross understatement, and Ms Mullin’s answer was up there with the most impressive: “I am most proud of my service work in Nepal. Along with my family, I have been involved in several projects including building an earthbag home for a family in the mountains in Nepal. I can’t wait until we can travel easily again so I can continue this work.”
When asked why she chose to come work at Brentwood in the first place, her answer was “Lucky!” Last summer, during COVID, she, her husband, and their two boys, left Saudi and couldn’t get back for their jobs at the American International School - Riyadh. “So, we had to stay in BC. Luckily for me, there was a short term English vacancy at Brentwood and the timing was perfect. I have felt very welcomed into this wonderful community and even though I am leaving, Brentwood will always hold a very special place in my heart.” Also, it happened to be that Brentwood was looking for a cross country coach, a position which her husband, Mr Andrew Mullin, was happy to fill.
When it comes to identifying a favourite aspect about the school, usually staff members pick three or four. Ms Mullin, however, was able to pin it down to two. “Obviously I love the campus. It’s so beautiful here on the water and I live close by so I can walk to school.” But wait … that is not her favourite, dear readers. Shockingly, she loves “doing Tuesday night duty in Rogers House. The boys have welcomed me into their Rogers family and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know them.”
Sadly, Ms Mullin and her family will be leaving Brentwood in June to move to Singapore to go back into international teaching. “I will be working at United World College South East Asia. We plan to stay there at least until Will and Ben graduate, maybe longer. We love traveling and there are still lots of places we want to see.”
While I have only had the chance to know and be taught by Ms Mullin for one year, I am thrilled to see what else she and her adventurous family achieve: that is, when she is not teaching sailing in Bermuda as a summer job, climbing Mt Kilimanjaro on a school trip, or studying theatre education at UVI. As her favourite poet, Maya Angelou, says “If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.”
Thanks for one amazing year Ms Mullin!
Jensa NG, Mack ‘23