Tennis - Girls 2nd Team
Tennis - Girls 2nd Team
The girls tennis team plays in the ISL, one of the strongest leagues in New England that boasts nationally-ranked players and the highest intensity of play. The league consists of singles and doubles formats, which give all players a chance to play all styles of tennis.
Brooks maintains a competitive team every year; an innate, competitive spirit drives these teams to high standings annually. The Brooks tennis program, which trains hard at stroke production and strategy sessions, is also mindful of the social aspect of the game. The team always enjoys after-game socials and year-end cookouts.
In addition, student athletes are fortunate to have access to the exceptional on-campus athletic facilities at Brooks. Athletes at all levels have the opportunity to use the fully equipped weight room to improve strength and conditioning, and a fully-staffed training room is available to treat injuries big and small.
The Brooks tennis program is looking stronger every year, as new and talented players are coming to the school.
Babette "Babs" Wheelden joined Brooks as Arts Department Chair, a visual arts teacher and director of the Robert Lehman Art Gallery in the summer of 2019. A native of Wayzata, Minnesota (where she played varsity golf and tennis), she has taught in independent schools on the east coast for more than 25 years. Prior to arriving on campus, Wheelden spent 22 years at Kents Hill School in Maine, serving as Dean of Faculty, and Chair of the Arts, as well as teaching A.P. Art History, A.P. Studio Arts, and Environmental Photography. She was also Director of the school's Gruss-Bard Gallery and coached varsity golf and junior varsity tennis. Wheelden began her career in education at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, from which she received the Byron Smith Capstone Fellowship for graduate studies, and currently serves on the Educator Advisory Board for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. A mother of two, she, her husband and their son Fenix '22 reside on campus, where she also coaches the girls 2nd tennis team, continues working on her game and avidly watches men's and women's professional tennis.
Kimberley McDowell joined the Brooks community in 2019 as a mathematics teacher. Formerly of Vermont, where the Boston College and Columbia University graduate was an adjunct professor at the University of Vermont, Saint Michael's College and Champlain College, McDowell taught at South Burlington High School for 19 years. Most recently, she taught at The Hotchkiss School for a year and at Salisbury School for three years as math department chair. While at Salisbury, she also coached the boys 3rd squash team. A mother of three, she, her husband Mark; their daughter Molly '23 and the family's dog, Lucy, reside on campus.