Rebecca Van Horn
B.A., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Rebecca joined the MBS Upper School faculty in 2019. She teaches ninth grade Humanities History courses as well as English electives, including Advanced Studies: Literature of the Modern Period and Literature of Revolutions. In addition to teaching, Rebecca is an assistant field hockey coach, advisor to the UNICEF Club, and leads the Parent Association Fiction Book Club.
Rebecca is pursuing a Ph.D. in History & Culture at Drew University, with a dissertation focused on the unpublished work of Kay Boyle. Rebecca lived in Donegal, Ireland while completing her Master’s thesis, which examined Modernist Irish artists in the Mediterranean world. For her B.A., which she earned in 2015, Rebecca studied history, literature, and art in Aix-en-Provence, France and Crete, Greece. Before coming to MBS she worked in international education, teaching university and high school students in Rome and London.
Raised in a family of New Jersey educators, Rebecca believes that education should be informed by the Ancient Greek ideal of paideia. To this end, her students are given the tools to become the best version of themselves as well-rounded, empathetic community members. Her personal teaching philosophy goes hand-in-hand with Morristown-Beard School's mission, through which “students discover and develop their individual pathways to academic success and personal fulfillment while becoming enlightened, morally responsible citizens of the world.”