Alumni News! 11.7.16

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Dear Graduates:

One of the hallmarks of a great school is the high number of graduates who return to teach and work at the school. We are delighted to count many Good Hope School and Country Day School graduates among our faculty and staff—and we look forward to employing Good Hope Country Day School graduates in the future! This month’s Alumni News includes below short interviews with alumni who are back at GHCDS sharing their talents with our students. I think you will enjoy reading their reflections.   In the meantime, I wanted to share with you that we are looking for a new Director of Technology. Please find the job description here  ghcds-job-opening-director-of-technology. We’d love to hire a talented graduate!

In the meantime, I wanted to share with you my own goals for the year (ghcds-head-of-school-goals-for-2016-17) as well as those of our administrative team members (ghcds-admin-goals-2016-17). For those of you interested in learning more about what’s happening “on the ground,” this should provide some context.

We continue to have alumni swing by the campus and look forward to seeing many more of you when you have a chance.

Kind regards,

Kari

1h5a1307Roger Summerhayes, Physical Science & Chemistry Teacher 1984-present (as told by Annaly Guerra, CDS ’97 and GHCDS Faculty)

Mr. Summerhayes was a Country Day School institution long before I was a student in his Physical Science class in the fall of 1993.  Stories circulate of his intense annual talk to eighth graders about what it would take to be successful in high school, him riding his motorcycle to school, his daily CDS/GHCDS polos, alumni nostalgically reciting steps of the scientific method, and everyone trying to surmise the ingredients of the concoction he makes in his office that has halted the aging process throughout his thirty plus years at CDS/GHCDS.

Although Mr. Summerhayes’ long career on its own is worthy of praise, it does not fully capture how Mr. Summerhayes has deeply impacted his students and colleagues. Ultimately what Mr. Summerhayes does every year, every day and every class is show respect for the potential of all of his students.  Mr. Summerhayes’ classes are rigorous.  To be successful one must be disciplined, show attention to detail, and be incredibly organized.  As a student, what you experience is an intensely demanding teacher, and this may not always make for a breezy and fun class.  However, in retrospect, one realizes that Mr. Summerhayes was not only teaching you chemistry, he was teaching you to respect yourself as a learner and to demand the best from yourself.  He taught us to take our work seriously not just through the subject matter and the demands of the class but also by modeling a meticulous and diligent work ethic himself.  It is for these lessons that I, and hundreds of other alumni, are eternally grateful.

I came back to teach at Country Day in the fall of 2003, exactly 10 years after first stepping into the Chemistry Lab, Mr. Summerhayes welcomed me with a firm handshake, words of encouragement, and offers of fresh coffee.  I immensely appreciated his warm welcome, as well as the high expectations he has of his colleagues.  However, I am still patiently waiting for the formula to his elixir of youth.

What year did you start at the school?

Roger:  I started at St. Croix Country Day School in 1984.

What are your fondest memories of the school?

Roger: Some of my fondest memories include many Orange and White Days, watching students learn how to do chemistry labs efficiently, a prom that included a fist fight (NOT involving our students), and Betty Nielsen mock “throwing up” on me with food coloring when she came as a ghoul during one of the Ghost Walks.

What were your biggest challenges?

Roger: My biggest challenge by far was getting through the year of Hurricane Hugo (1989-90).  Most of the campus was destroyed, my classroom only had half a roof, and getting running water during the day to run a chemistry lab frequently wasn’t possible.

What student work are you most proud of?

Roger: The student work I am most proud of is from the ones who show the most growth.  Some kids are organized and get good grades from the time they enter high school– and I love teaching them.  But the ones I’m most proud of are the ones who start off poor-to-mediocre in freshman year and then blossom into real scholars by junior or senior year.

What led you to the school in the first place?

Roger: What brought me to the school was finding how much I loved the tropics (two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Fiji Islands) and also how much I loved teaching in private schools (one year at a private school in Connecticut, Miss Porter’s).

What are you doing nowadays?

Roger: Currently, I am the Chemistry/Physical Science teacher, but I have also taught Physics, Cinema, PE, and run the Drama Club.  I have been teaching 30 years at the school as of last June.  I was away for two years:  One year in New York City and one year on sabbatical (making a movie about my grandfather, a Nobel laureate in chemistry).  Most recently, I’ve been invited to deliver a talk in Phoenix, Arizona about him to a division of the American Chemical Society.

 

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Aimee (Antoine) LaHaye CDS ’05 holds a Master’s in Education focused on curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans and she has taught the last six years at St. George’s Episcopal School, a highly collaborative preschool. She joined the GHCDS team this school year as our Kindergarten teacher.

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Aimee: Orange and White day was always my favorite. WHITE TEAM!!

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Aimee: GHCDS is such an eclectic school and does a great job of embracing different cultures and religions. So, when I moved to the states I was able to appreciate all different types of people.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Aimee: Lin Thomas was my kindergarten teacher and she instilled a love of reading in me. She created a great cozy little corner in her classroom. Once a week I would get my chance to curl up in the cozy corner with her and read stories. By giving me that one-on-one attention, I was able to feel confident in my reading and really bond with her. I keep in touch with her to this day. Linda Yoder was also one of my favorite teachers. One day a few children were making fun of my name. I walked over to her crying and she hugged me and let me cry until I felt better. I will never forget her compassion.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Aimee: I came home because I felt like the city of New Orleans was too segregated for me and I missed the eclectic island of St. Croix.

Can you share a personal goal for this year?

Aimee: To be the best wife I can be and rock my first year of marriage!

 

1h5a1788Annaly (Babb) Guerra CDS ‘97 who taught previously at CDS, is currently finishing her dissertation for her doctorate in education from the University of Wisconsin. She is the proud parent of Che (5th) and Sabine (2nd), who have returned to GHCDS. Her husband, Cesar CDS ‘96, also formerly taught middle school math at GHCDS.  Ms. Guerra rejoined the GHCDS team this year in a part time capacity to teach Upper School History.

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Annaly: Orange and White Day is certainly one of my favorite memories.  I remember in elementary school going to root on the older students as they participated in the mudslide, cage ball, Egg Man race, and other events.  I can distinctly remember waiting with anticipation for the team lists to come out in seventh grade—eager to find out which team I would perpetually be a part of.  The day was always a lot of fun with great energy, school spirit, and camaraderie.  I enjoyed it so much that I came back several times to participate in the alumni tug-of-war.

I have a collection of memories that center around classroom experiences with teachers that I cherish and that helped to form the human being I have become.  I remember Mr. Roth’s sly grin in English when he was about to challenge a student’s idea; or Mrs. Roth’s leg up on her chair as she shared interesting historical stories; or Madame Grossman’s willingness to listen to all of our teenage drama in French class– as long as we spoke in French; or Mr. Sendak and his famous ties and creative Physics experiments; or Mr. Summerhayes and the scientific method; or Mrs. Walt allowing me to direct plays and musicals out in the courtyard with my fellow students at the ripe age of nine; or talking with Mr. Morehouse after school about the books he suggested I read in my free time.  These experiences, among many others, helped to create the meaningful educational opportunities I had at Country Day.  Not only was there a focus on academic rigor, but there was also humor, kindness, opportunities to develop my different interests, and a real sense of community.

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Annaly: I believe that my experiences at Country Day made me see how impactful a teacher can be in the lives of her students.  It also made me love learning.  I became a teacher for these reasons.  I’m also currently working on my dissertation for my PhD in Curriculum Studies and my experiences in St. Croix greatly shaped my research interests.  My research focuses on civic education for disenfranchised youths as well as the role cultural and local history can play in developing students’ civic identities.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Annaly: This is a hard question.  I had a lot of excellent teachers—all for different reasons.  I would have to say Mr. Morehouse helped me to discover my intellectual capabilities and also pushed me to see literature as a way to think about what it means to be a good human being.  For that, I will always be indebted to him.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Annaly: I wanted to come back to St. Croix because I wanted my children, Che and Sabine, to grow up in a place that was removed from the dominant US culture.  I think growing up in such a vibrant and diverse culture allows one to have a broader perspective and perhaps even more empathy for others.

Can you share one personal goal for this year?

Annaly: My goal is to complete the research for my dissertation (it will probably take me another year to write!!!).

 

1h5a0971Malerie (Babb) Gleason CDS ‘04 attended Emerson College where she majored in Media Studies with a focus in film. For the last three years, Malerie has volunteered her time helping with pre-school swimming, Destination Imagination, and other activities around the school. She and her husband, Jay, are proud parents of Kaeden (4th) and Teague (1st).  Malerie officially joined the GHCDS team this school year as the 2nd Grade Teacher’s Assistant.

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Malerie: Having spent 12+ years at this campus it only made sense that when I moved back to St. Croix after college I would find myself back here, it’s like home. One of my favorite memories has to be being part of the drama department. I spent countless hours in the pavilion either being in shows or helping backstage. I can still tell you where every light switch is backstage and which director added on a wall or tore one down.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Malerie: My all-time favorite teacher has to be Mrs. Walt in 4th grade, she kept me on my toes and did wonderful projects with us.

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Malerie: When I had children I didn’t even hesitate to send them to Country Day. I love the small class sizes, individual attention from teachers and caring environment. Country Day has always felt like home for me, not just a school.

Can you share one personal goal for the year?

Malerie: To find the time to train for the sprint distance Triathlon in May.

 

1h5a1150Chris Fletcher, CDS ‘01 has a Bachelor of Arts in Caribbean Economics from Hampshire College, and a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute. Despite all the academic acronyms, he feels that his best education has come from conversations with people on buses and boats around the world. He has broad international and cross-cultural teaching experience in a variety of educational settings, such as The English Modern School in Doha, Qatar, to the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute, and even with the World Ocean School aboard the 137-foot Schooner, Roseway. Most recently, he taught Upper School Business, Sociology and Geography at El Alsson British and American International School in Cairo, Egypt, and was humbled working with a generation of students coming of age in a time of such unprecedented seismic shift and turmoil.  Chris joined the GHCDS team in 2014 to teach Upper School Social Studies.

 

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Chris: Favorite memories include legendary Orange and White Day competitions, holding down the defensive line during home games throughout Varsity soccer season, group sailing trips aboard the schooner Spirit of Massachusetts every January, chorus performances around island including weddings and Sunday brunches at Divi, Mini Gusto (especially interning for The Avis and a Close Up trip to D.C.), volunteering with the Women’s Coalition and My Brother’s Table, hosting my first art show to showcase my AP Studio portfolio, and numerous class discussions that helped shape my emerging worldview, particularly in core subjects like English and Sociology, and electives such as Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and one offered by Mr. Burnett on Native American culture and activism.

My single most cherished set of memories, however, concerns the founding and management of The Free Press, which started out as an underground alternative to The Tiger Times (which I was an increasingly dissatisfied co-manager of), eventually overtaking the official school paper in popularity (as measured in readership, submissions and controversy). Giving alums, faculty, parents and most especially students a new outlet to share ideas and explore common concerns was an immensely empowering and transformative experience. I will never forget once being called down to Headmaster Jim Sadler’s office (dousing fires related to our experiment in press freedom was a frequent occurrence), who shared with me his alarm at how a student had warned then-Upper School Dean Cecile Roth: “Be careful what you say, because this conversation is going in The Free Press.” Realizing the depth of power that our student-generated open forum had also eventually led, through much trial and error, to a very personal and embodied understanding of the ethical responsibilities of such an endeavor (to say nothing of constantly honing our PR and diplomacy skills). It is hard to imagine such an idealistic yet potentially-explosive communications experiment being entrusted to students at other high schools, and for that opportunity I am eternally grateful.

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Chris: Small class sizes and discussion-based lessons forced me to sit up, stay engaged and lose any inhibitions about sharing my thoughts and opinions. The smallness of the school community also forced us all to work to prevent any academic or especially social problems from festering for too long, and so experience also taught me valuable lessons in working out differences with others.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Chris: Honorable Mentions include Donna Duffy, Betz Robb, Marty Campbell and Sheraine Venetis. Overall, I think I most appreciated John Seevers, since he was the Social Studies teacher during my time at CDS in all of my favorite subjects (probably not a coincidence that I am currently occupying that same professional role). I always appreciated in particular his frequent personal anecdotes on each and every point in class, his honesty in answering my persistent questions, and for his generally cheery, amiable nature.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Chris: While half of my professional background was in experiential, alternative education (U.S. Peace Corps, World Ocean School, Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute, etc), I actually got my first taste of formal, classroom teaching at Country Day School, and everything immediately clicked in terms of realizing my calling in life. Due to the HOVENSA shutdown in the spring of 2012, I was forced to end that chapter and began writing a new one by working in the international school circuit in the Middle East. After two years of teaching in Doha and Cairo respectively, things seemed to stabilize back home after the school merger, and I immediately jumped at the first chance offered to resume teaching high school social studies at GHCDS. Why? Because I have come to realize that you can have all the funding and physical resources in the world, but that pales in comparison to the power of community; it is remarkable seeing how deeply GHCDS is embedded within the social fabric of St. Croix in particular, versus other schools elsewhere in the world. The intimacy of working within such a small educational settings ensures that we really get to know our students inside and out, aiding not just in educating the whole child, but also in our efforts to really perfect our craft of teaching. Teaching at this unique institution is just as much if not more of an unforgettable and rewarding experience as having attended and graduated from here.

Can you share a personal goal for this year?

Chris: I am interested in attending Burning Man for the 5th time after taking a three-year hiatus.

 

1h5a1331Christopher Floyd, CDS ‘06 moved to St. Croix when he was two years old and has lived on island ever since, as he loves his home. Chris first attended The Good Hope School from 1st through 9th grade and then made the switch to Country Day to complete high school. After graduation, Chris went on to Springfield College to get his Bachelor’s degree.  Chris joined the GHCDS team in 2013 to teach Lower, Middle and Upper School Physical Education.

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Chris: I have always loved sports so obviously my favorite memories would be playing basketball, baseball, and volleyball for the school.  Other than participating in sports, our senior trip to Barbados was a definite highlight!

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Chris: My education and experience at GHS and CDS helped me form good social and academic habits.  I felt well equipped for college life.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Chris: Mrs. Grey and Mrs. Vasquez were my favorites because they were always supportive yet challenged me to be a better student and athlete.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Chris: That one is easy— the warm weather, beach, and better job opportunities. I love working and playing here.

Can you share a personal goal with us for this year?

Chris: I working on my own personal fitness level and am working towards replacing 10lbs of fat with 10lbs of muscle.

 

kiomieKiomie (Johansen) Pedrini, CDS ’93 is a proud Crucian and has roots on St. Croix that go back several generations. The Johansen’s (grandfather side) were the egg farmers on the island, and the Schuster’s (grandmother side) were the dairy farmers on the island.  She is blessed to be married to Aldo Pedrini, (a Christiansen), another original Danish family.  Her extended family has been a part of the fiber of St. Croix for many generations and will continue for many generations to come. Kiomie has a Masters in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration from Nova Southeastern University and her work experience includes several varied management positions in communications, public outreach, and long range planning. Kiomie joined the GHCDS team in 2013 and uses her talents as our Associate Director of Advancement and Director of Drama.

 

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Kiomie: My time at CDS was spectacular!  I have so many great experiences and memories it is almost impossible for me to pick.  If I must encapsulate the experience that played a transformational role in my life, it would be my 9th grade year, September 17, 1989, the year of hurricane Hugo.  While the devastation of Hugo was felt by all, CDS became the beacon of light in the pile of debris.  Our homes blown away, our friends scattered all over the United States and most if not all material things gone, CDS family played the role of safe haven and home for those of us who remained.  Going to school every day with the same rust stained t-shirt, cut off jean shorts, and two different shoes was the fashion norm.  Having classes in the gym with sheets as walls and setting our brown MRe’s on the hill side to warm up for lunch in the sun was a daily ritual.  While our parents struggled to secure our remaining properties and clean up our debris-filled homes, the teachers at CDS worked hard to keep us kids loved and on track.  In the afternoon, we would all get to work around rebuilding our campus.  Whether it was picking up nails or glass, filing dumpsters with debris, painting newly built walls or fetching water for the construction workers, every little step brought us closer to our CDS.  It was a humbling experience that magnified how important a school is to a child’s sense of love, safety, and community.

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Kiomie: My education at CDS has guided all my life choices.  Every teacher that I experienced had a unique life story and skillset to bring to the classroom.  The diversity of nationalities, cultures, colors, ethnicities and educational backgrounds made for a rich exposure to the world outside of St. Croix.  Parents came together alongside the faculty and staff to create opportunities and creative learning experiences for all grade levels.  Experiences such as Mini-Gusto, Spring Festival, Holiday Caroling, sporting events, Science Fair, Orange and White Day and Carnival fostered community.  The Administration did an amazing job of creating and maintaining high standards of excellence and achieving these high standards was recognized, rewarded and celebrated in each classroom and throughout campus.  My education at CDS taught me to set attainable goals and maintain high standards.  By working hard and with the support of my family and community, I could achieve anything.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Kiomie: I had lots of favorite teachers but Kathy Washington is responsible for discovering my voice.  An extremely shy child, I often spoke in a whisper and was happy to remain in the shadows.   Public speaking, reading out load in class, being picked by the teacher to answer a question gave me great anxiety.  But I LOVED music.  After school one day, Mrs. Washington “caught” me singing a tune to myself.  The next day in music class she invited me to sing the solo to a song that we sang a million times in class.  I burst into tears.  She brought me behind the piano and I sat next to her on the piano bench so I would not see the rest of the class as we sang the song together.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Kiomie: There was never any doubt that we would come home to St. Croix to live and raise our family.  My husband and I have our extended families on St. Croix, so every time we would come home for the holidays, it became more and more apparent that St. Croix is where we belong.

Can you share with us one personal goal for this year?

Kiomie: It has been a very long time since I have been in a musical as a performer.  I am looking forward to being an actor again sometime soon.

 

1h5a1328Savannah Logan, CDS ’10 was born in Bayonne, France, and raised in St. Croix. She attended Country Day School from 1st-12th grade. After getting her Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Spanish at Loyola University in New Orleans, she spent a year in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright teaching fellowship getting more teaching experience and working on her Spanish. Savannah joined the GHCDS team in 2015 teaching Upper School Math.

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Savannah: One fond memory from my time at Country Day was being a part of Mrs. Blanchette’s plays in middle school. She somehow got me to be the Velveteen Rabbit, and I hopped around the stage in a pretty elaborate, full body, bunny costume. I remember my friend Maddy Duggan wearing a sailboat costume, and we were both so excited to be a part of the show.

 

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Savannah: GHCDS is such an eclectic school and does a great job of embracing different cultures and religions. So, when I moved to the states I was able to appreciate all different types of people.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Savannah: I had some really great teachers from 1st grade to 12th grade that all had a really big impact on me. I am especially grateful to the teachers who put in the extra time to really build a relationship with their students. One teacher in particular who stood out was Mrs. Dippolito. It was not until her class that I started to really like math. I loved her energetic way of teaching and getting the entire class involved. She was a big part of the reason I went on to study math and that I am here today teaching almost all the classes she used to teach. She is definitely one of my role models as a teacher.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Savannah: I guess the main reason I came back was because I want to have the opportunity to make a difference here at home. I am really grateful for my island community, and I want to give back what I can.

Can you share with us one personal goal for this year?

Savannah: I hope to complete my first marathon this year!

 

meganMegan (Mault) Lambert, GHS ’99 was delighted to find the opportunity to move back to St. Croix when a position opened at the St. Croix Country Day School. With a BA degree in Elementary Education in hand, Mrs. Lambert found herself teaching alongside master teachers she had known and admired during her own school days here in St. Croix. As a faculty parent, Mrs. Lambert has a unique perspective and heightened interest and excitement that comes from looking not only at programs for her own students, but at those offered to her 4th grade twins, Kirra and Mason. Mrs. Lambert is community-minded and participates in many extracurricular activities; she is coordinator of the popular GHCDS K-4 Running Club and coaches AYSO soccer on Saturday mornings. She runs to unwind, reads to gain insight, and can be spotted at the beach most weekends! Megan joined the GHCDS team 11 years ago and is currently teaching the 3rd grade.

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Megan: I greatly enjoyed our schoolwide celebrations such as The Medieval Fair, The Annual Mile Run (this was schoolwide), and our beautiful Fourth Grade Celebration under the arches, walking to Wind Beneath My Wings.

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Megan: GHS provided me with a diverse experience of learning and spending each day with talented people from all walks of life.  I valued the uniqueness of my school days and work to provide this same exposure for my own children and students.

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Megan: Regina Walther was my third grade teacher.  She was kind, creative, loved to read to us, and particularly enjoyed teaching science.  I remember feeling very excited to come to school to see what new activity had been planned.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Megan: I had a very happy island childhood and I wanted the same for my children.

Can you share a personal goal for this year?

Megan: I’d like to spend as much time as I can cycling around the island.  It’s a new hobby but I am eager to learn.

 

1h5a1919Annie Myrvang, GHS ’09 went on to attend Swarthmore College, where she majored in Political Science and Chinese. After graduation, Annie spent three years working in cities across China in the education space. Annie joined the GHCDS team this year as the Executive Assistant to the Head of School.

Favorite memories or experiences from your time in school?

Annie: Anytime we got to take advantage of St. Croix’s diverse natural landscape as part of our classroom curriculum. I specifically remember hiking in the rainforest and going snorkeling in Ms. Coles’ environmental science class. I loved those experiences.

What impact did your educational experience here have on your life choices?

Annie: My teachers at GHS had a huge impact on my life choices….

1 or 2 favorite teachers and why?

Annie: My 6th grade teacher, Alana Dunevant was my first teacher on St. Croix. It was her second year of teaching and she brought this awesome energy to the classroom that motivated and engaged her students. Moving to St. Croix from Seattle was a major adjustment and I think having a fun and supportive classroom environment made the transition much smoother than anticipated. I’ve kept in touch with Alana and her husband Bryan (also a former GHS teacher) and stayed with her and her family last year when I was in Shanghai. Thanks in large part to Alana and Bryan’s advice and encouragement, I’m starting my Masters in Teaching this month to become a middle school humanities teacher.

Ned Washburn, my high school English teacher was one of the best instructors I’ve ever had (and that includes my college professors!). He inspired us with thought-provoking readings and lively classroom discussion. Ned constantly challenged us to think more critically, delve deeper into the material, and examine all sides of an argument. As a graduate of Swarthmore College, he spoke highly of Swarthmore’s rigorous Oxford tutorial-style honors program, and diverse and intellectual community. Ned sold Swarthmore well and I applied Early Decision. I loved my time at Swarthmore and graduating with high honors was my proudest academic achievement.

Why did you make the decision to come home to St. Croix?

Annie: After living in China for three years (during which time I only came home twice), I was ready for a change of pace. Hong Kong, the last city I lived, is one of the most densely populated places in the world and suffice to say, I needed a break. I came home for a month to figure out what my next step was going to be, and I fell in love with the island all over again. I love the lifestyle down here and the fact that there is always something outdoorsy to do. I’m busier here than I ever was in Hong Kong!

Can you share a personal goal for this year?

Annie: I’d like to finish my master’s degree and complete a half Ironman triathlon this year.

Other alumni on GHCDS team:

Amanda Beach, CDS ‘03

Maurice Barrant, GHS ’83, featured in last month’s Alumni News.

 

Alumni Calendar for 2016-17

  • Alumni Gatherings – New York City & Miami: TBA
  • Alumni Brunch at GHCDS Pavilion: December 22
  • Alumni College Panel at GHCDS: TBA
  • Black and Gold Gala at Carambola : February 26
  • Alumni Soccer Game at GHCDS: May 25
  • Orange, White and Blue Day at GHCDS: May 26
  • Graduation at Island Center: June 2

 

Graduates Wanted: Seeking Top Faculty and Staff

As we strive to provide a world-class education, it is critical that we attract the best and brightest to join our faculty and staff. Graduates of The Good Hope School, Country Day School, and Good Hope Country Day School are a wonderful source of talented candidates. If you are interested in joining our faculty, please email your resume to Ms. Annie Myrvang, amyrvang@ghcds.org. We will definitely contact you should openings arise.

In the meantime, be sure to check the employment page of our website for any openings (click here).  We are currently seeking a Director of Technology (ghcds-job-opening-director-of-technology).

Internships at GHCDS

Are you interested in teaching or working with students? If so, we welcome the opportunity to have you spend 1+ weeks as an intern (unpaid) at our school while you are back on St. Croix. This can be a wonderful win-win: you get excellent real-world experience and feedback, we get additional great brains and hands! This is not a set program—we would try to create it around your availability and interests. If you would like to participate, please email your resume and a cover letter to Ms. Annie Myrvang (amyrvang@ghcds.org).

Aspiring Writers?

To expand our alumni content, we need great writers! If you would be interested in writing stories about alumni-related topics or interviewing alumni to create interesting profiles, please contact Ms. Linda Stamper-Keularts (lstamperkeularts@ghcds.org). You can collaborate from anywhere, provide you are digitally connected.

Miami and New York City Hosts Needed!

Last year we held GHCDS alumni receptions in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. This year we are seeking to hold a reception in Miami in November-December and in New York City in late January-early February. If you have access in either city to a cool space for an alumni gathering of 20-30 people, please contact Ms. Kiomie Pedrini (kpedrini@ghcds.org).

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