This blog has a bit of a different tone in that it underlines the fact we are almost at the end of the year. Field Day last week – a wonderful and resounding success!! Great weather; great spirits; great camaraderie. It was delightful to see the Derbies and Toppers/ Darks and Lights enjoy their spirited day. Today we saw these same students exercising Freedom of Expression, each having designed a T-shirt with an expression of something meaningful to him or her. Freedom of expression is an important foundation of our country; I applaud this 8th grade project of the Global Nomads Group for bringing more focus to this freedom in such a positive manner.
During these past few months we have learned of members of our community who will be leaving us. On a sad note, I wanted to let you know that Barbie Zinkovich and her husband have decided that living in Walpole is not ideal when one person works in Hingham and the other in Worcester. They have decided to consolidate closer to Worcester and therefore Barbie will be leaving us at the end of the year. I know we will miss her – but give our sincere thanks for introducing us to the idea of May Madness!
At the same time as sending along Barbie’s news, I am delighted to tell you we have recently added three new faculty members to our school for next year! Martin Lynch will be joining us as technical theater manager and shop teacher. Marty brings a number of years of experience both as technical director and theater teacher. He has had significant experience in carpentry, theater electrics and production design. He has worked at Beaver Country Day School and Vermont Academy as well as American Repertory Theater. Marty holds a Master of Arts degree in Theater Education from Emerson College.
Also joining the arts department will be Emily Shepard. Emily will be our Lower School art teacher as well as work on set design and teach art electives for Grades 7&8. She is a graduate of Ithaca College with a BA in Visual Arts Education and a minor in Art History. Emily also has a MEd degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University. She has most recently been the lead K-1 teacher at the Conservatory Lab Charter School.
Our new second grade teacher will be Lani Wright. A graduate of St. Mark’s School, Lani has a BA from Middlebury College in Psychology/Sociology-Anthropology. She also has a MEd from Harvard University in Learning and Teaching. Lani’s experience includes a year of teaching English to students between 11 and 20 years of age at a small village in Tanzania. Closer to home she has worked at Greenwich Academy, Kent School and Wolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School.
Have a wonderful long weekend!