HOMC: Bella Ravina, Mr. Berkhout

Caroline Brockman '17, Writer

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Bella Ravina


What’s the holiday food you’re most looking forward to? 

I’m really excited for the Thanksgiving stuffing, but my all time favorite holiday food is apple pie (à la mode, of course!)   

What is your biggest fear?

As of right now … clowns.

What was the first thought you had when you realized you were Homecoming Queen?

It took me quite a while to realize what had just happened but when I did, my first thought was just hoping I didn’t fall off the stage or trip trying to get to the big chair.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Mott’s gummy snacks! I eat them nonstop.

If you had to play a different fall sport, what would it be?


What is your favorite scent?

I love the smells of old wood and the pages of old books, they remind me of my Nana’s old house.

Mr. Berkhout


If you could be anywhere doing anything right now, where would you be and what would you be doing?

I would be approaching the island of Tahiti on a sailboat. But being at MC is a close second…

What’s your most prized possession?

I guess I want to say my children, but I don’t actually own them. There are very few possessions that I really care about. My house could burn down, but if I have my two kids and my wife, we’re all good.

Where’s the best cup of coffee in Marin?

Well, I don’t really go out for coffee, I usually make my own. The way to make espresso is without a machine. I have one of those little two-chamber espresso makers like they have everywhere in Italy. That’s the best cup of coffee. But that’s not what I want people to get out of this article – that they can come to Mr. B’s house for the best cup of coffee in Marin.

What book has had the greatest influence on your life?

This is a hard question. Is it Harry Potter? Harry Potter is definitely up there. But then, how do I choose which Harry Potter? I think my answer might be a book called The Math Gene. It’s a summary of a study conducted by a mathematician about whether there is a math “gene”. The finding was that there is no math gene – anyone can be trained to do math. As a teacher, it’s important to know how to teach math. One of the biggest steps is convincing students that there is no math gene. It can be tricky, because many students say “I’m not a math person”.

If you had to live in another country, where would you live?

I would definitely say France, and my wife, (I don’t get to decide on my own anymore), would probably want to be somewhere in the Caribbean, so we might choose Guadeloupe or French Guinea. I don’t think it gets much better than that.  

What needs to be invented that hasn’t been invented yet?

I would say that in terms of everyday aggravation, the sooner we get computer-driven cars the better, so that I don’t have to wait for people reading texts or emails while I’m trying to drive home. That will probably happen within 5 years – everyone will have a self-driving car.

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