Wellesley Historical Society

Thank you: Tea with Jeanie

Thank you to those who attended our sold-out Tea with Jeanie event. For those interested in continuing the experience, please consider joining our Swing into Spring event. Jeanie will be offering an auction item there. Tickets may be purchased here.

About Jeanie:

Jeanie Goddard rejected teabags at an early age, so smitten was she by the glorious flavor of loose tea. Every major decision that she and her husband Brooks, also an ardent tea drinker, made took place over a cup of tea—hers with lemon and his with milk and sugar. 

As an English teacher at Wellesley High School for most of her adult life, she made it her mission to share her passion for tea with her students and persuade them that tea was a force for good. During her graduation speech in 2001, she suggested that if you drank tea, not only would you never want, but you also would never be picked up by the Wellesley Police. So sure was she that this advice could be life changing, that she taped a little packet of Halmari Assam tea under every graduate’s seat to take home and share a pot with family and friends. She is hoping that those students embarked on a life of tea and will always find a cup both invigorating and comforting. 

From taking tea at The Dorchester Hotel in London, to haunting Fortnum and Mason, touring tea plantations in Sri Lanka, and visiting the world’s only Tea Institute based in Jorhat, India, Jeanie and Brooks have kept tea at the center of their travels. Please join them for a tea tasting adventure.




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