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In this year's winning New Year's card design contest, the artwork of Sheryl Chen '26 reminds Pingrians of the importance of unity and community.

Mental Performance Blog

At Pingry, students are always performing, whether in the classroom, the athletic fields, or on stage. But with any type of performance, challenges and hurdles arise. And these challenges represent an opportunity—an opportunity to grow, to persevere, to overcome.

Welcome to the Pingry Mental Performance Blog! Form month to month, different “performance themes” will be presented, providing readers with access to a variety of sources, such as anecdotal pieces (i.e. articles, interviews), videos, research findings, and applied learning exercises. Each of these resources presents an opportunity to understand the challenges others have faced, connect to our own challenges, and provide a pathway for navigating them, with the ultimate end goal of elite performance. In the words of Aristotle, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do.”

Boys Track and Field athletes jumping over hurdles during a meet

Dr. Brandyn Fisher

AP Psychology Teacher
Mental Performance Coach

Having expertise in performance psychology with competitive athletes, Dr. Brandyn Fisher brings a practical perspective to the classroom. With a master's degree in Community Counseling and a Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology, he has served as a mental performance consultant for several Division I athletic programs. A player development coach for junior tennis, he has also created and led mental performance training programs for three tennis academies, including the Junior Tennis Champions Center in Maryland and Centercourt Sports Academy in Morristown. Dr. Fisher has presented at multiple athletic conferences, including the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), and has taught sports psychology courses at West Virginia University. He is the author of numerous articles on sports psychology-related topics.