Hello! First of all, thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I am excited to be able to share some of my stories with whoever may be interested!
Anyway, I think it’s important for you to know a little bit about who I am as you explore the other parts of this site, so here we go…
My name is Evan Pfeiffer, and I was born in Pusan, South Korea.
Pusan, or Busan, is a large, bustling port city on South Korea’s southern coast. With a population of about 3.7 million people, its rugged mountains and soaring skyscrapers create one of the most unique skylines in the world.
As the year 1994 drew to a close, Mom and Dad were busy putting the finishing touches on the bedroom that would soon belong to their baby girl. The adoption agency had told them that she would arrive in late January. However, about a month before the big day, they were informed, to their surprise, that they were actually getting a boy. That boy was me!
Mom and Dad lived in Alexandria, Virginia, just a stone’s throw from the nation’s capital. This is where I would spend my entire childhood, nestled between Old Town Alexandria, Del Ray, and the King Street and Braddock Road metro stops.
In 2012, I graduated from T.C. Williams High School. If this name sounds familiar to you, you’ve probably seen the movie Remember the Titans (2000), a wonderful film about youth, acceptance, race relations, and football.
The four years I spent at T.C. had a profound impact on my life. I had some wonderful, caring, and inspirational teachers, several of whom I continue to stay in touch with today. I also had the opportunity to interact with and befriend students from all around the world. Our school was like a miniature Model UN, with 60 languages and 80 countries represented in our student body. T.C. was truly a diverse melting pot, and my experiences there undoubtedly influenced my decision to pursue a teaching career in public education.
I began playing the violin when I was three and a half years old. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to play in trios, quartets, and symphonies, win a concerto competition, perform at the Library of Congress, play at the memorial service of the former Director of the Peace Corps in Korea, and even receive a masterclass from the international star, Midori Goto. For a while, a career in violin performance didn’t seem all that far-fetched.
Over time, however, the long hours of practice began to wear me down. I also became increasingly distracted by friends, as well as other hobbies, including art, baseball, and tennis.
I eventually decided to set aside any plans I might have had for music conservatory. It’s comforting to know that the only other career I have ever considered has been that of a teacher.
After I graduated high school, I spent a month volunteering at George Washington Middle School, the local public school in my neighborhood, as a volunteer conductor. I worked closely with the orchestra director and was given the reins of a classroom for the very first time. It was exhilarating!
While I did not pursue a career in music, I still enjoy performing for friends, playing gigs at a variety of venues, and teaching. I currently have a small studio of students here in Williamsburg.
In the fall of 2012, I enrolled at the College of William & Mary, a small liberal-arts university located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. Its brick campus, leafy grounds, rich history, and friendly atmosphere were enough to convince me to spend five years surrounded by tricornered hats, cannon fire, and the dozens of pancake houses.
During my time at the College, I joined the chamber orchestra, Gallery Players, competed on the W&M Club Tennis team, joined a fraternity, was accepted to Pi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, led a service team that promoted educational awareness and community engagement in rural Belize, volunteered as an ESL assistant at a local middle school, and worked as a substitute teacher for Williamsburg-James City County.
During my junior year, I was accepted to the Secondary Social Studies cohort of W&M’s Five Year Master’s of Education program. At this time, I also decided to enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) licensure program. I made this decision, in part, because of my experiences in high school.
In May of 2016, I graduated with a degree in history. In hindsight, I wish I had added a minor in music, but you just can’t do everything…
In May of 2017, I finished my student-teaching practicum and graduated from William & Mary with a M.A.Ed in secondary social studies and a licensure in ESL instruction. I also recently accepted a social studies teaching position at Hornsby Middle School (my practicum site) for next year (2017-2018). I couldn’t be more excited!
My hobbies include cooking and trying new recipes, hiking, fishing, traveling, camping, playing tennis (and any recreational/pick-up sport), playing & teaching violin, biking, bowling, watching sports (especially Washington teams, ie. Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals), watching movies, drawing & painting, playing board games (especially Settlers of Catan), and spending time with friends & family.