Antoine Boisvert

At New Hope since 2014
AB, Amherst College, 1992

Antoine Boisvert, better known to those who actually know him as "Tony" is a lifelong resident of the North Shore, who discovered his passion for classics in an old family copy of D'Aulaire's Greek Myths, and his passion for history in a Landmark history book called The Monitor and the Merrimac. Although he never realized his fourth grade ambition to read the encyclopedia in its entirety, he did get to write his senior thesis on the 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. From childhood he has carried with him an autodidactic streak (hence the encyclopedia projects), and a discomfort with traditional education, which eventually brought him to the Waring School, and thence to Amherst College, where he majored in English and History, with interesting diversions into Geology and Philosophy. In his senior year of college, he met the (academic) love of his life in a survey course on Roman Civilization. Regrettably it was too late to do the entire college experience over again with the study of classics in mind.

After graduation and the obligatory spells in restaurants, museum work, and antiquarian bookselling, Tony made his way back to Waring in 1994, and has been working there ever since, mainly as a teacher of Humanities and Writing. As a calling, teaching has powerful pull on him; he describes it as both inspirational and vocational. In 1998, while studying Vergil in an NEH program, he was fortunate to meet his wife Cathy, whom he married in 1999. In 2001-2002 he became a father and (inspired the the paucity of good surveys of the subject) began work on a history of Rome, which is still in progress, but ever-increasing portions of which have been used in Waring's curriculum for a dozen years now.

Currently, Tony resides in Salem with his family, including three sons, ages 6-13. In addition to teaching at New Hope, he continues his work at Waring, and is the logistics officer and quartermaster of his family: fixing meals, giving or arranging rides, and that sort of thing. He also plays the ukelele, is working on at least one novel, and is making is way through Wikipedia. He teaches Sunday School (occasionally) at Grace Church in Salem, where he has been a parishioner since birth, but an active one since the 1990s. As a Christian, he credits his growth to inspiration from J.R.R Tolkien, the novels of C.S. Lewis, the poetry of T.S. Eliot, the historical writing of Aldous Huxley, the scholarship of Karen Armstrong, and the philosophy of Plato, all working towards a greater understanding of the Gospel.

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