This oral history interview is an intimate conversation between two people, both of whom have generously agreed to share this recording with Oral History Summer School, and with you. Please listen in the spirit with which this was shared.

This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please inquire about permissions.

All rights are reserved by Oral History Summer School.

Researchers will understand that:

  • Oral History Summer School abides by the General Principles & Best Practices for Oral History as agreed upon by the Oral History Association (2018) and expects that use of this material will be done with respect for these professional ethics.
  • Unless verbal patterns are germane to your scholarly work, when quoting from this material researchers are encouraged to correct the grammar and make other modifications maintaining the flavor of the narrator’s speech while editing the material for the standards of print.
  • All citations must be attributed to Oral History Summer School:
    Narrator’s Name, Oral history interview, YYYY, Oral History Summer School

Margaret Funkhouser


Natick, Massachusetts

Recorded by

Liam McBain


This interview was conducted on August 20, 2021 with Margaret Funkhouser via Zoom from her home in Natick, Massachusetts. Margaret is an educator and Director of Writing, Film & Media Arts at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, a private boarding school focused on the arts. The day of this interview coincided with her first day of the school year, and she shared her first thoughts, impressions, and hopes for the year. Margaret expressed a feeling of safety with the school's well-established COVID-19 protocols and testing. She had not been back at the facilities for some time and expressed the strangeness of returning to a campus that was both familiar and very different. The school is also changing a lot in other ways-- from the multiple departures at the leadership level, to the new schedule, new learning management system, as well as a new restorative justice-based disciplinary program-- somethings are very different to how they were before the pandemic. She expressed a feeling among the staff that there's a lot of pressure to do well and get things right, but that she's been telling herself and others to let the small things go in order to reduce some of the stress.

Interviewer Bio:
Additional Info:
Interview language(s):
Audio quality:

Audio Quality Scale

Low - There is some background noise and the narrator is hard to hear.

Medium - There is background noise, but the narrator is audible.

High - There is little background noise and the narrator is audible.

This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.

Part of this interview may be played in a radio broadcast or podcast.