Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
— Benjamin Franklin

Galla Purwin

English and History; Upper School


M.Phil. Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford University

B.A. Art History & B.A. Anthropology

Galla Purwin received her Masters of Philosophy from Oxford University in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnography in 2001. She also holds two BA degrees from the University of Arizona in Anthropology and Art History. She worked as an archaeologist for Deia Archaeological Museum and Research Centre in Mallorca and as a museum educator for the Palace of the Governor’s New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe, NM. In the last few years she has finally taken her mother’s advice that she gave to Galla when she left for college – “you should be a history teacher ” – so Mrs. Purwin changed her career and went back to school to get her certification to teach at the middle and secondary level. She believes that her anthropological approach to history and literature will inspire Green Fields students to appreciate the world around them and become life-long learners. When not found on the Green Fields campus she enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and watching mysteries. Her daughter has attended Green Fields since first grade and has blossomed into a critical thinker and delightful young woman. She and her husband Dave have become part of the Green Fields community over the last seven years and love it here.