Chae Earns Master’s Degree


Steve Chae holds his diploma after graduating. Printed with permission of Steve Chae/Spectrum

Juliet Suess

By: Lindsay Wu ’20

Chae stands next to his dad after the Oxford Program. Printed with permission of Steve Chae/Spectrum

Middle School Communications Department Head and English teacher Steve Chae earned a Master’s of Arts Degree in English this summer, after studying through the Bread Loaf School of English since 2012.
“It’s been such a long time, and now I finally get my summers back. It was a very intense program. Since it is essentially a semester’s worth of work crammed into six weeks, there was a lot of research and a lot of papers. I also got to be a student again, so I remember how it feels and it gives me a little more sympathy for my students. Now that it’s over, I’m just relieved,” Chae said.
Affiliated with Middlebury College, the Bread Loaf School of English is popular among teachers, as it provides opportunity to earn a Master’s Degree over five summers of six-week intensive courses. Instead of studying for one to two years during a full school year, teachers can keep their jobs and work toward their Master’s Degree during the summer.
Chae has attended the Bread Loaf School of English program in Oxford, England for the past two summers. Programs are also available in Middlebury, Vt. and Santa Fe, N.M.
“I loved that I got the opportunity to live and study internationally in Oxford for six weeks, and that I was there when I graduated. It was really fun,” Chae said.
The graduation took place on Aug. 6 in Oxford.
“It’s nice to have my degree. With some of the classes that I took, I think I’m a better teacher now. I’m also very thankful for this opportunity, and that the school was so supportive. Having my degree doesn’t feel very different yet, but I think when I step back and think about it, it will be really cool. I’m just really excited,” Chae said.