As of January 2019, Wasatch Academy is excited to announce Margaret Schlachter as the new Alumni Director. Schlachter shares a little bit about who she is and what she is most excited about in her new role with the school.
I am the new kid on the block at Wasatch Academy. However, joining the school in many ways feels like a homecoming. I grew up in a boarding school family, each of my four siblings and myself had the luxury of parents finding schools that fit our unique interests. As a young kid in New England, all I wanted to do was ski and found myself at Stratton Mountain School (SMS) in Vermont pursuing alpine ski racing while getting a great education. My time at SMS which led me to Babson College. I was a two-sport athlete at Babson juggling ski racing, lacrosse, and a dual concentration in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship.
My professional life started in academia at Skidmore College where I was the assistant women’s lacrosse coach and was tasked with the recruitment of new athletes. I didn’t know at the time but that job set me up for a career in education and sports. After Skidmore, I found myself back at Stratton Mountain School holding various roles in the dorm, admissions, and with the athletes. From Stratton I moved on to Killington Mountain School, another boarding school in Vermont, again holding various roles in the dorm, admissions, college placement, and some development work.
While working at Killington, I found this new emerging sport called obstacle racing (Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, etc…) and I quickly became an early adaptor. I started Dirt in Your Skirt as a way to track my athletic pursuits in obstacle racing, which evolved throughout the years opening doors to becoming the first female professional athlete in the sport, an award-winning sports journalism career, and became an expert in new media while I covered events around the world. However, my athletic career was sidelined by an injury. Working in obstacle racing was my focus for the last six years. As it turned out, the things that allowed me to be a smart and successful athlete were the lessons I learned from teachers, coaches, and mentors in a boarding school environment.
In the last year, I was introduced to Wasatch Academy by alumnus Judy Nelson. Her company, Mean Mugs, was doing a project for Dirt in Your Skirt. One night we talked about her experience at Wasatch Academy and I was intrigued. Upon my first visit to campus, I felt at home for the first time since moving to Utah over six years ago. My dogs and I love morning hikes and runs into the canyon behind our house and can’t wait for springtime to explore even more! In a few short months, I have grown to love the area, the school, and most importantly the people.
Heading up the Alumni Office my tag line has quickly become “honoring the past while promoting the future.” My goal is to connect our current students with the achievements and stories of our alumni. It is truly amazing how the lessons learned in boarding school can shape our adult lives. I hope to meet and connect with all our alumni in person and virtually in my new role. Please feel free to reach out to me and connect! I can be reached at Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 435-462-1481.