Mr. William Schnaithman
Before arriving at The Gow School, "Maestro" William Schnaithman worked for Blanek’s Custom Catering (1999-2009), and taught in the Methodist Children’s Home (2006-07) and Waco Independent School District (2007-09). He holds TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certification from The Boston Language Institute, and he is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language. Maestro Schnaithman is a three-time nominee for Gow’s Lowell L. Lundell Award for Excellence in Teaching. He presented at the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference (2009), the Small Boarding School Association (SBSA) Conference (2013), American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Conference (2013), Binghamton University’s Conference on Foreign Language Teaching (2013), The University of New Mexico’s Mentoring Institute Annual Conference (2013), L2 Workshops at the University at Buffalo (2014), and SUNY Language PACT: The World and the Classroom (2014).
Maestro Schnaithman feels his life experiences help him to relate to life as a Govain. He was a Middle School exchange student in Honduras, attended boarding school, and as a native Texan, recognizes the adjustment to a northern climate. During his time at Gow, he established the Foreign Language Department and developed a more formalized program for the English Language Learners. In order to promote real-life learning, he organizes a yearly short-term foreign language immersion trip. Students have traveled to Honduras (2011 & 2012), Costa Rica (2013), Spain (2014), Guatemala (Spring 2015), Denmark (Fall 2015), and Peru (Spring 2016).
Maestro Schnaithman assists Mr. Rausch with Gow’s Outdoor Education Program. During athletics, they teach hiking, camping, and orienteering skills, and the students are involved in the ongoing construction of a lean-to on Gow’s Ski Hill. The season culminates in a two to three day camping trip. This past season, the highlight was summiting Mount Marcy, the highest peak in the Adirondack Mountains.