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Fords in Four: Thomas Lindberg '07
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Thomas Lindberg '07, partner at Upstream Capital and chair of Haverford's Young Alumni Committee, reflects on lessons learned from his time as a student at Haverford and shares advice for his fellow young alums. He also discusses the new Alumni Networking Platform and how it will help build a stronger, more connected Fords community. 

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Creating an inviting language classroom through empathy
Daphne Monroy, Middle School Chinese Teacher

In this blog post, Middle School Chinese teacher Daphne Monroy explains why empathy is crucial to learning a second language. She discusses how she created and cultivated a safe and trusting environment for her students to practice and make mistakes within her first week of teaching at Haverford. A version of this story first appeared in the Middle School newspaper, The Fords Forum

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Fords in Four: Darryl Clark '75
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Darryl Clark '75 shares fond memories of Spanish teacher Rafael Laserna, traces his career path to becoming a translator and touring musician in Spain, and gives advice to current students.   

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Fords in Four: Andrew Acker '11
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Andrew Acker '11, integrated cardiac surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, reminisces on his high school years at Haverford, traces his career path into medicine, and shares lessons learned about working hard and following your passions.  

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Learning to code in Lower School
Michelle Burns, Lower School Librarian

Lower School Librarian Michelle Burns was recently recognized with a CARE Award by BSD Education. According to the BSD Education website: "Each year, BSD Education partners with teachers around the world to bring technology programs into their classrooms. CARE Award nominees represent a diverse group of teachers. Each exemplifies one or more of BSD's four foundational characteristics: curious, adaptable, resilient, and empathetic." 

We sat down with Ms. Burns recently to discuss how she incorporates BSD's coding curriculum in her lessons, what skills she hopes to impart on her students, and more.

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Fords in Four: Elliott Davis '77
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Elliott Davis '77 shares memories and lessons learned from Haverford, which have served him both in his 40-year career in finance and his newest venture, founding Mine Hill Distillery, in Roxbury, Conn. 

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Fords in Four: Cole Berman '14
Emily Chahar

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. Cole Berman '14 reminisces on his journey from managing the golf team in fifth grade to serving as director of Haverford's golf program now. He also shares how he and his friends are helping to support healthcare workers and restaurants through their nonprofit, Fuel the Fight. 

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Transitioning to Virtual Haverford
Andrea Drinkwine, Director of Information and Instructional Technology

In this blog post, Director of Information and Instructional Technology Andrea Drinkwine discusses the education technology tools that are in place at Haverford, and how teachers and students were able to rise to the challenge of transitioning to Virtual Haverford and full-time online learning. 

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Fords in Four: Dan Walsh '78
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Dan Walsh '78, a painter, printmaker, and bookmaker based in New York, reflects on lessons learned at Haverford, the start of his art career, and his favorite exhibition. 

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Fords in Four: Mario Maggio '13
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Mario Maggio '13, a propulsion test engineer with Intuitive Machines, shares how he first got interested in spaceflight as a career path, and important lessons he learned about becoming a Renaissance Man, during his time at Haverford. 

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Fords in Four: John Patterson '98
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, John Patterson '98, executive chef at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, shares the lessons he learned at Haverford about leadership and mentorship, traces his career path, and shares advice about finding your passions.  

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Fords in Four: Cory Siegfried '08
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Cory Siegfried '08 shares how mentors from Haverford have played a part in his education and career path. He also gives advice to current students about learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. 

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Dear Philadelphia
Matthew Mignucci, VI Former

In this blog post, VI Former Matthew Mignucci writes a letter to the city leaders of Philadelphia, urging them to address the issues of poverty and homelessness. He discusses his work with the Germination Project, his experience interning near City Hall, and his hope that his favorite city can do better in the future. A version of this piece originally appeared in The Index.

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Fords in Four: Daniel Coleman '04
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Dan Coleman '04, Advisor to the Democratic Whip of the PA House Democratic Caucus, discusses his career path in public service and shares his advice to current students to "understand the gifts and benefits you are privileged to have around you." 

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Fords in Four: Bob Blakely '59
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Bob Blakely '59 shares the start of his interests in racing and rowing at Haverford, which led to setting a 300 MPH record on the Bonneville Salt Flats and being part of the founding of the Head of the Charles Regatta.   

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Fords in Four: Tom Caruso '06
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he provides insights and stories. In this blog post, Tom Caruso '06 discusses lessons of creativity, persistence, and personal strength he learned at Haverford that still serve him in his winemaking career and helped him in founding his own label, Pray Tell Wines.

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Fords in Four: Garrett Snider '14
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Garrett Snider '14, founder of the Childhood Resilience Foundation, shares his memories and lessons from Haverford, as well as how his time at the School influenced the creation of his foundation. 

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Fords in Four: Nicholas Dodds '07
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Nicholas Dodds '07, high net worth client manager at Vanguard, shares how his careers in finance and coaching soccer both got their starts at Haverford, and gives advice to current students and young alums on how to make the most of their Haverford experience. 

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More than rewarding: working with The Timothy School
Ian Rosenzweig, sixth grade

The Timothy School, which serves children with autism and is located in Berwyn, has partnered with The Haverford School for more than 15 years. The students exchange letters throughout the year as pen pals and also participate in one-day school exchange. In this blog post, sixth-grader Ian Rosenzweig, who has worked with The Timothy School for four years, reflects on the lessons he has learned and how he has been inspired by the students. A version of this article originally appeared in Crosman Chronicles, Haverford’s middle school newspaper. 

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Fords in Four: John Tecce '94
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, John Tecce '94, the director of BGB Motorsports, shares his career path from finance to motorsports, and reflects on important lessons from Haverford about following your passion and not being afraid to learn new things. 

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Reflections on the Middle School Diversity Conference
The Haverford School

Middle school students from 28 schools attended The Haverford School's 11th annual Middle School Diversity Conference in March. This year's theme was "Kinship and Friendship: Making Connections Across Lines of Difference." In this blog post, Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs reflect on the conference's history and importance, as well as takeaways from this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Rodney Glasgow. 

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Putting mathematics into practice
Nate Bridge, Upper School Mathematics

Four Upper School teachers embarked on an intensive training session on Project-Based Learning this summer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, Upper School mathematics teacher Nate Bridge shares how he has incorporated what he learned, especially about disciplinary learning and teaching real-world problem-solving skills, into his classroom. 

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Teaching teachers in Tanzania
Maia Campbell, Lower School Reading Specialist

Lower School Reading Specialist Maia Campbell recently worked for a month in Morogoro, Tanzania as one of 30 fellows in the Limited Resources Teacher Training (LRTT) Tanzania program. Campbell and a partner were assigned to train and observe 10 primary and secondary teachers in best practices of education, including student engagement, interactive lessons, and “the power of yet.” We sat down with Campbell and got her reflections on the experience, her personal connection to Africa, and her thoughts on global education and what characteristics all teachers share.

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Fords in Four: Chris Maxey '80
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Chris Maxey '80, founder and president of The Island School, reflects on how coaches and teachers at Haverford inspired his career in education, as well as what he hopes his students learn during a semester in the Bahamas. 

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Fords in Four: Andrew Helber '12
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Andrew Helber '12 reflects on how his passion for medicine was begun in science classes at Haverford, and shares how he tries to be a coach and colleague to the water polo and swimming student-athletes. 

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Middle schoolers reflect on Young Men of Color Symposium/(Re)defining Power Conference
The Haverford School

Five Middle Schoolers, along with Middle School math teacher Ryan Meyer and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs, recently attended the 2018 Young Men of Color Symposium and (Re)defining Power Conference on Nov. 10, at Trevor Day School in New York City. This year's conference theme was "Unlearning Dominance to Learn Accountability to Experience Freedom." They reflect on their experience and lessons learned in this blog post.

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Fords in Four: Damien Blair '91
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Damien Blair '91, head men's basketball coach at West Chester University, recounts his influential teachers, coaches and mentors from The Haverford School, and shares some advice for his players and current students. 

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Creating Authenticity in the Classroom
Taylor Smith-Kan, Upper School English

Four Upper School teachers embarked on an intensive training session on Project-Based Learning this summer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, Upper School English teacher Taylor Smith-Kan reflects on the training, and discusses her plans to incorporate more Project-Based Learning into her classroom at Haverford.

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Building Great Men
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented the following remarks at Middle School Parents Night on teaching boys scholarship, friendship, and character. “These three virtues could well represent three solid floors in our pledge to prepare boys for life,” he said.

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Be a True Friend
Biagio DeSimone

Student Body President VI Former Biagio DeSimone gave the following remarks on Opening Day, challenging his peers to make new friends and strengthen existing friendships. "As you become a part of Haverford, Haverford becomes a part of you," he said.   

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Confronting Our Blind Spots
Dr. John Nagl

In this blog post, Headmaster John Nagl reflects on this year's summer reading for the faculty and staff: Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, written by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Christopher Dial, who manages Professor Banaji's Implicit Social Cognition lab at Harvard, presented a discussion on the book's ideas at Haverford's opening meeting.  

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Fords in Four: John Dewis '94
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insight and stories. In this blog post, John Dewis '94, development director for Deep Springs College, shares his first experiences playing squash, his advice for current students, and his memorable encounters with fellow Haverford alumni. 

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Photographing London
Bobby Stratts '18

For his senior project, George "Bobby" Stratts ’18 traveled to London for nineteen days to photograph parts of the city and his old school, the American School in London. In this blog post, he reflects on seeing new parts of the city, meeting old and new friends, and the lessons that traveling taught him.  

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Building a Boat
Grayson Potter '18

John Nelligan, Tyler Roland, and Grayson Potter collaborated to build a canoe from scratch for their senior project. In this blog post, Potter explains the process - from picking up the plywood to sailing the boat in the pool - and all the lessons the team learned along the way. 

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Finding Joy Through Service
David Aspinall '18

For his senior project, David Aspinall worked at the Vocation Office at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. At this historic institution, Catholic men study, pray, and reflect as they discern a possible vocation to the priesthood. In this blog post, he shares what work he accomplished, and reflects on his interest in theology and on finding joy in serving others. 

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Meet our alumni: Weston Dripps ’88
The Haverford School

Weston Dripps ’88 is Executive Director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He strives to create “systems thinkers” who can help tackle the complex challenges facing our global society. As seen in the summer 2018 issue of Haverford School Today magazine.

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The type of man I want to be one day
Sam Lindner

The Class of 1996 Rafael Laserna Award for Outstanding Teaching is selected by students from those nominated by the senior class. This award goes to the "teacher who has a lasting influence on his or her students and who inspires them to learn and to excel in the classroom and in life." In this blog post, Sam Lindner '18 shares his remarks from Commencement on this year's Laserna Award winner, Luqman Kolade. 

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Questions for Men
Carmen Epstein

Upper School Spanish teacher and Human Relationships teacher Carmen Epstein reflects on privilege and gratitude as she shares a recent dance piece: Questions for Men. In this dance, Haverford students express the responses of men in the Haverford community through movement. Read on for Epstein’s reflection and a video of Questions for Men.

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Faculty Reflections on Puerto Rico
The Haverford School

Since 2010, Middle School faculty and Form II boys have traveled to Puerto Rico for a four-day trip,including touring the cities of La Parguera and Fajardo and engaging in community service at a local school or orphanage. In this blog post, Middle School teachers Jenn Hallman (theater), Kerry Kettering-Goens (Spanish), and Ryan Meyer (math) reflect on the trip and important lessons learned by the boys. 

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Coding, Cryptography, and War
Hannah B. Turlish, History Department Chair

History Department Chair Hannah B. Turlish and Upper School math teacher Katharine Hudson collaborated on a lesson about computer coding and World War II. Boys were given several encrypted messages that they had to decipher. In this blog post, Turlish reflects on how the lesson both introduced them to the skills of code-breaking and enriched their study of this historical period. 

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Contagious curiosity in the study of infectious disease
Daniel Goduti, Upper School science teacher

In this blog post, Upper School science teacher Daniel Goduti shares the background and skills learned in his VI Form science elective, Global Impacts of Infectious Disease. Along with studying life in the biological science-focused course, students also become equipped with the knowledge, tools, and desire to participate in the global community – preparing them for the world that they will soon inherit.

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Hephaestus Society: celebrating greatness
George Tseteskos P’20

Named after the Greek god of the forge, Hephaestus Society recognizes those who toil in relative obscurity to create greatness. Recently, Haverford inducted 2018 society members for their commitment to the intellectual life of the School through active participation in select clubs and activities. The guest speaker was George Tseteskos P’20, Dean Emeritus and the Francis Professor of Finance Drexel University. He shares his remarks in this blog post.

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Igniting the spark with Socratic seminars
Brendon Jobs, Upper School history teacher

IV Form Modern World History students recently performed a Socratic Seminar on freedom and revolution. The exercise, named after the Greek philosopher Socrates, assigns students different roles in the discussion and is designed to drive new ideas. In this blog post, Upper School history teacher Brendon Jobs talks about the role these seminars played in sparking thought and engagement among the students in his class. 

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Boys as readers
Deb Gavin, Third Grade Teacher

While historically categorized as non-readers, boys have a great capacity for reading and writing. Teachers at The Haverford School understand the complexity of reading and cultivate it as a foundational skill beginning in pre-kindergarten. In this blog post, third grade teacher Deb Gavin shares tips for engaging boys as readers and writers. 

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Building engaged citizens
Tim Lengel '07, Upper School history teacher

VI Formers who take the Government and Politics elective with history teacher Tim Lengel ’07 gain experience in identifying real-world community problems, brainstorming solutions, and presenting reports to elected officials. In this blog post, Lengel reflects on two student groups who recently presented to a Lower Merion Township Commissioner, and shares the importance of teaching the boys to be engaged, invested citizens. 

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History teacher recognized by Library of Congress
John Suter, Middle School history teacher

Middle School history teacher John Suter has been named one of 20 Mentor Teachers nationwide by the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program. Suter completed the Library’s Summer Teacher Institute and submitted sample lesson plans to the TPS Teachers’ Network in order to be accepted as a Mentor Teacher. In this blog post, he reflects on how he works with original materials in his classroom, what he has learned from the Library’s program, and how these kinds of lessons help students engage with history and become better critical thinkers.  

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This Haverford Life
Dan Keefe, Upper School English teacher

Upper School English teacher Dan Keefe introduced a new assignment to his Honors English class this year: the creation of podcasts. In this blog post, he reflects on the sonic resonance of well-told stories, explains how creative writing fits into the English Department's goals, and shares some of his students' work. 

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Reaching and engaging reserved boys
Andrew Franz, Upper School math teacher

In this blog post, Upper School math teacher Andrew Franz shares recommendations for engaging with reserved or introspective boys. He also highlights Haverford’s teacher-coach-advisor model, which allows faculty to build stronger relationships with boys outside of class and ensures boys are comfortable to engage in the classroom. 

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Nico Form VI Reflection
Nico Tellez, VI Form

VI Former Nico Tellez shares the story of his three-year exploration of Hispanics’ involvement in our country’s civil rights movement. His research, which includes artifacts and interviews, will be on display at the National Smithsonian Institute and was presented to Upper School students and faculty during Haverford’s Reflection assembly.

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Fords in Four: Meet Brooks Garber '00
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Brooks Garber '00, founder and CEO of AcademME, recounts how his positive experiences at Haverford led directly to his work in education policy and reform, and why he stays connected to the alumni community.

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The day EA won the sweater
Dr. John Nagl

The fruits of victory in life do not grow only from seeds sown on victorious athletic fields; in fact, we often learn more from our defeats than from our victories. After having lost the sweater to the Episcopal Academy after nine consecutive years of victory on EA Day, Dr. Nagl reflects on the lessons learned.

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Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well
Bill Brady and Laurie Bodine

The Haverford School Director of Leadership, Bill Brady, and Laurie Bodine, Leadership Strategist of START Leadership, presented "Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well," as part of the Best for Boys Speaker Series. The session provided parents with an understanding of the value of a leadership approach and a toolkit to foster the leadership mindset their sons need to do well without sacrificing being well.

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Manavya - Humanity
Arnav Sardesai, Form I

During a visit to his grandmother in Pune, India, this summer, I Former Arnav Sardesai visited an organization called Manavya, an orphanage for HIV positive and AIDS affected children. It also houses HIV/AIDS positive women who serve as caregivers for the children. In this blog post, he reflects on his grandmother's service to the organization, and his own memorable and inspirational trip.

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Teaching empathy through literature
Alicia Evans, Upper School English

Upper School English teacher Alicia Evans teaches the same lesson to all of her classes at the beginning of the school year, based on Franz Kafka's short story, The Fellowship. In this blog post, she explains how reading this story, and literature in general, can teach students to appreciate different perspectives, respect others' points of view, and practice empathy.

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Chase your potential
Robb Soslow

Student Body President Robb Soslow addressed Haverford students, faculty, and staff on Opening Day with the following remarks on what he feels makes Haverford special, including the opportunities that the School provides boys to realize their full potential.

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Mentoring aspiring school leaders
The Haverford School

Head of Upper School Matt Green is a university-sponsored mentor for the School Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and also serves on the Steering Committee for the Summer Leadership Institute. In this blog post, he highlights the opportunities and challenges awaiting the next generation of school leaders.

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25 Things Every Man Must Know
The Haverford School

As part of the "25 Things Every Man Must Know" senior elective designed by Director of Leadership Bill Brady, young men learn life skills. They split wood with a maul under the direction of history teacher Tim Lengel '07, work with Brant Henderson '74 of Bank of America on personal finance, and learn the nuances of home repair, grocery shopping on a budget, shoe shining, ironing, car maintenance, CPR, and more. In this blog post, Mr. Brady shares his inspiration and future ambitions for the course.

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Teaching the creative process
Chris Fox, Art Department Chair

Art Department Chair Chris Fox and his wife, Joan, spent part of July in Nanjing, China, speaking and conducting workshops at three different visual arts organizations. In this blog post, he talks about sharing his teaching of the creative process and the importance of building connections through visual communication.

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The other side of the classroom
Jose Martinez

VI Former Jose Martinez journeyed back to his former high school, Esperanza Academy, for his senior project. Over three weeks, Martinez helped teach, tutor, and mentor students in chemistry and Algebra I at Esperanza. He also traveled to three other schools to give motivational speeches to the students. In this blog post, he details his newfound appreciation for all teachers, and his biggest lessons learned from trying to help students live up to their potential.

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Learning more than medicine
Evan Haas

For his senior project, VI Former Evan Haas shadowed Dr. Steven Copit and Dr. Tutu Chang at Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia for three weeks. Jefferson Plastic Surgery functions as the division of plastic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In this blog post, he reflects on his first medical training experience, including learning the importance of compassion and critical thinking skills in the field of medicine.

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Painting a legacy
Cameron Hoorfar and Devin Weichert

For their senior project, VI Formers Cameron Hoorfar, Devin Weichert, and George Rubin designed, painted, and mounted a new mural that now hangs on the Field House wall, by the outdoor basketball court. It highlights both The Haverford School sense of brotherhood, and its various athletic programs. In this blog post, Cameron and Devin reflect on the technical aspects of the project and its impact on the School.

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Creating planetary panoramas
Kyle Alday and David Bunn

VI Formers Kyle Alday and David Bunn spent the past three weeks on Mars – virtually. For their senior project, they stitched together hundreds of photos taken by NASA's Mars Rover, Curiosity, to create twelve 360° panoramas of the planet. The students worked with Upper School science teacher Holly Golecki and Villanova University computer science professor Dr. Frank Klassner to create a three-dimensional "virtual tour" of Mars. In this blog post, they reflect on their work, the scope of the project, and the lessons they learned.

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Teaching machines how to think
The Haverford School

VI Former William Wu completed an independent study in machine learning, a subfield of computer science, under the advisement of Upper School math specialist Katharine Hudson. He used this knowledge to study the Enron scandal for his senior project. We sat down with Wu to talk about what machine learning is, and why it is so important in fields such as finance, biology, and artificial intelligence.

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The genesis of Newton's Notebook
Susan Mitchell, Math Department Chair

One of the most exciting new endeavors in the math department this year has been the creation of the first volume of the math journal, Newton's Notebook. In this blog post, Math Department Chair Susan Mitchell discusses the goals of the journal, which include soliciting articles from faculty and students from the entire community, and fostering student interest in all aspects of mathematics.

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Kinetic-based learning
Lauren Faralli, Middle School Latin

Middle School Latin teacher Lauren Faralli was selected as one of 75 teachers around the world who received a merit-based fellowship to attend the Klingenstein Center's 2017 Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. The Institute allows faculty to explore teaching styles and educational philosophies and issues over a two-week intensive study. In this blog post, Ms. Faralli traces her start in education and shares her best practices for kinetic-based classroom lessons.

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Reflections on Cuba
The Haverford School

Twenty-nine students spent spring break traveling to Cuba with four faculty members. It was the first trip to Cuba in the history of Haverford's Global Studies program, which strives to help students gain awareness, respect, and understanding of international cultures and the global community. Here, students and faculty reflect on their experiences.

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Ripple effect
Ravindra Reddy '90

In this blog post, scholarship-recipient-turned-scholar-supporter Ravindra Reddy '90 brings to life how one act of kindness can change the world. His inspiring and heartfelt remarks, which chart his father's journey from India to Haverford, and demonstrate the power of access to education, were delivered at the third annual Scholarship Luncheon.

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The art of building proofs
The Haverford School

Geometry teacher Sam Walters recently finished a textbook (co-written with former faculty member Zack Murtha), based upon a research project he completed with the University of Delaware to examine how students best learn the art of building proofs. Here, we interview Walters about the experience and what he's learned.

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Experiential learning: Intellectual Curiosity Day
Amanda Vos Strache, Upper School History

Upper School students recently embarked on the inaugural Intellectual Curiosity Day - no grades, no homework, just experiential learning. In this blog post, Upper School history teacher Amanda Vos Strache discusses the planning process and shares takeaways from a day when students and faculty engaged in interdisciplinary lessons both on and off campus.

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The Boy Behind the Mask
Janet Heed, Upper School Counselor, and Michael Reichert, Consulting School Psychologist

The Haverford School Consulting Psychologist Michael Reichert and Upper School Counselor Janet Heed presented "The Boy Behind the Mask" as part of the Best for Boys speaker series. Supported by current research of boys' development and their own experience as educators and mental health professionals, Reichert and Heed advocated for a new framework for understanding and supporting boys.

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Fords in Four: Meet John Sawin '03
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, wealth advisor and amateur golfer John Sawin '03 shares what he learned in Haverford classrooms and on the Fords golf team, and gives his advice to current students on building relationships and embracing change.

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Ingenuity and collaboration: second grade simple machine challenge
Bill Palmer, Lower School science

In this blog post, Lower School science teacher Bill Palmer explains a collaborative project with The Agnes Irwin School (AIS), in which our second-graders worked with students at our sister school to design and build a functional compound machine that could deliver a Lego figure into a container.

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Setting foot in Abu Dhabi
Heather Stinson, Associate Director of College Counseling

In this blog post, Associate Director of College Counseling Heather Stinson reflects on how college visits influence her work, with a particular focus on a recent trip to New York University's Abu Dhabi campus.

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Black history is American history
Joslyn Jackson

As a complement to classroom activities celebrating Black History Month, a photo collage of 1,000 remarkable individuals graces the Lower School lobby. It is meant to speak the beautiful truth of our existence as a country: a true mélange of cultures, races, and heritages. Read on as parent Joslyn Jackson details her inspiration for creating this project in partnership with the Lower School.

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Artist residency at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Zoë Blatt, Upper School Art

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Upper School Art teacher Zoë Blatt shares her experience as an artist-in-residence at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.

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Aun aprendiendo (still learning)
Dr. Gerhard Reich, Middle School Spanish

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Middle School teacher and Guitar Club instructor Gerhard Reich shares his experience in Spain at Carmen de las Cuevas, a language and professional flamenco school in the Arab quarter of Granada.

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Give and Take
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 reflects on one of his favorite speeches to give to middle school boys, called "Give and Take."

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The benefits of mindfulness
Heather Stinson, Associate Director of College Counseling

Heather Stinson is currently working with Upper School faculty to integrate mindfulness techniques into their classes and advisories, and will be teaching mindfulness to sophomores in Health & Physical Education this spring. Here, she reflects on some benefits of mindfulness practice: stress reduction, emotional regulation, and improved focus.

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Book drive for Africa
Justin Wamah

Eighth grader Justin Wamah talks about the school his uncle is starting in Liberia and how the Haverford community has helped him donate books to the cause. Justin is pictured with some of the textbooks he collected, alongside students in Liberia.

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Boys to Men: The Transition from Adolescents to Adults
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

On Oct. 15, Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented "Boys to Men: The Transition from Adolescents to Adults" as part of the School's Best for Boys speaker series. In this blog post, he shares takeaways on identity, masculinity, and other topics related to this critical time in a young man's development.

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Bridging the distance: Haverford to Havana
Noel Straight, Upper School Spanish

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Upper School Spanish teacher Noel Straight shares her experience in working to establish a pen pal program with a school in Havana, Cuba, during a historic year for the country.

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A true brotherhood
Evan Scott

Student Body President Evan Scott addressed Haverford students, faculty and staff on Opening Day with the following remarks on brotherhood, self-acceptance, and excitement for a new school year.

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Planting trees
Dr. John Nagl

Headmaster John Nagl discusses David Brooks' The Road to Character, the book that Haverford faculty and staff read over the summer. He also reflects on the planting of trees on campus, offering a metaphor of preparing for another year of teaching and mentoring boys and young men, helping them grow strong and true.

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Fords in Four: Meet Peter Quinn '95
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Peter Quinn '95, Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, discusses his military career and his work supporting combat veterans. Quinn currently serves as the Deputy Chief for Defense Intelligence Agency Liaison Berlin in Germany.

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Giants
Dr. John Nagl

Headmaster John Nagl reflects on the memorial service of Austin Wylie and how to help young people confront the giants in their lives.

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Capturing the brass ring
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 reflects on his childhood memories of capturing the brass ring and how it relates to finding encouraging and challenging activities for boys.

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Talking predictive analytics, arithmetic geometry, and risk management with industry experts
The Haverford School
The Mathematics Department strives to produce young men who can analyze and interpret data to make good decisions in business, political science, medicine and academia. To that end, we recently welcomed several renowned mathematicians to showcase their talents with calculus and statistics students.
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Thunderbolt Patriot
Bill Farrell Jr. '54

In his painting "Thunderbolt Patriot," Bill Farrell '54 depicts Capt. Quentin C. Aanenson, 9th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, with the P-47D Thunderbolt. The work hangs in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In this blog post, Bill details his inspiration for creating "Thunderbolt Patriot."

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My Haverford experience
Aaron MacLean
Aaron MacLean spoke to students as part of Haverford's 2016 Honor Day. In this blog post, he reflects on the leadership exhibited by students, the teaching excellence demonstrated by faculty, and the healthy debate and discussion surrounding politics and foreign policy issues:
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Klingenstein Center Fellowship: Q&A with Headmaster John Nagl
The Haverford School

Headmaster John Nagl was awarded a fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership's 2016 Heads of Schools program at Teachers College, Columbia University. This distinguished honor, established in 1991, is granted to 20 heads of schools annually. In this blog post, Dr. Nagl shares his experiences as a Klingenstein Fellow.

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Remembering Haverford's first African American graduate
The Haverford School

As part of Black History Month, our boys have been learning about the champions of the civil rights movement. Recently, a Lower School boy asked about the first African American graduate of The Haverford School. Here, we share the story of George "Porgie" Smith '67 through the eyes of his childhood friend, retired judge Wendall Holland.

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Pro-failure, as defined by our boys
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

The second trimester is when sixth grade math teachers, Ms. Nelson and Mr. Romero, introduce the stock project to the boys. While a relatively recent addition to our curriculum, the boys thrill at the opportunity to learn about the markets and try their hand at investing. It is a pleasure to see the boys think about all aspects of investments, as the project requires math skills, decision making, research, and a little creativity. Evidence of the boys' creativity is provided by a new Latin word they made that indicates positive aspects of negative outcomes. They call it: pro-failure.

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Exploring America's narrow definition of masculinity
Dr. John Nagl

On the evening of Jan. 14, Upper School Counselor Janet Heed and I had the privilege of being on a panel of educators who led a discussion of The Mask You Live In at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The film, which Janet teaches to boys taking her Social Psychology course, is an unflinching evaluation of the way we socialize and educate boys.

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Mapping The Aeneid
Dr. Andrew Fenton

If you were a tourist in the Roman Empire, where would you visit? How long would it take you to travel around? And how much would it cost? Those are the questions that Andrew Fenton's Latin IV Honors students answer for their capstone project, entitled Mapping The Aeneid.

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Boys as makers
Chris Fox

Art department chair Chris Fox presented at the 2015 International Boys' Schools Coalition Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on the topic of Boys as Makers. Fox walked educators through his Creative Process diagram, and explained how it facilitates experiential and cross-discipline learning practices.

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Post Two Slides

Fords in Four: Thomas Lindberg '07
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Thomas Lindberg '07, partner at Upstream Capital and chair of Haverford's Young Alumni Committee, reflects on lessons learned from his time as a student at Haverford and shares advice for his fellow young alums. He also discusses the new Alumni Networking Platform and how it will help build a stronger, more connected Fords community. 

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Creating an inviting language classroom through empathy
Daphne Monroy, Middle School Chinese Teacher

In this blog post, Middle School Chinese teacher Daphne Monroy explains why empathy is crucial to learning a second language. She discusses how she created and cultivated a safe and trusting environment for her students to practice and make mistakes within her first week of teaching at Haverford. A version of this story first appeared in the Middle School newspaper, The Fords Forum

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Fords in Four: Darryl Clark '75
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Darryl Clark '75 shares fond memories of Spanish teacher Rafael Laserna, traces his career path to becoming a translator and touring musician in Spain, and gives advice to current students.   

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Fords in Four: Andrew Acker '11
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Andrew Acker '11, integrated cardiac surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, reminisces on his high school years at Haverford, traces his career path into medicine, and shares lessons learned about working hard and following your passions.  

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Learning to code in Lower School
Michelle Burns, Lower School Librarian

Lower School Librarian Michelle Burns was recently recognized with a CARE Award by BSD Education. According to the BSD Education website: "Each year, BSD Education partners with teachers around the world to bring technology programs into their classrooms. CARE Award nominees represent a diverse group of teachers. Each exemplifies one or more of BSD's four foundational characteristics: curious, adaptable, resilient, and empathetic." 

We sat down with Ms. Burns recently to discuss how she incorporates BSD's coding curriculum in her lessons, what skills she hopes to impart on her students, and more.

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Fords in Four: Elliott Davis '77
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Elliott Davis '77 shares memories and lessons learned from Haverford, which have served him both in his 40-year career in finance and his newest venture, founding Mine Hill Distillery, in Roxbury, Conn. 

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Fords in Four: Cole Berman '14
Emily Chahar

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. Cole Berman '14 reminisces on his journey from managing the golf team in fifth grade to serving as director of Haverford's golf program now. He also shares how he and his friends are helping to support healthcare workers and restaurants through their nonprofit, Fuel the Fight. 

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Transitioning to Virtual Haverford
Andrea Drinkwine, Director of Information and Instructional Technology

In this blog post, Director of Information and Instructional Technology Andrea Drinkwine discusses the education technology tools that are in place at Haverford, and how teachers and students were able to rise to the challenge of transitioning to Virtual Haverford and full-time online learning. 

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Fords in Four: Dan Walsh '78
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Dan Walsh '78, a painter, printmaker, and bookmaker based in New York, reflects on lessons learned at Haverford, the start of his art career, and his favorite exhibition. 

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Fords in Four: Mario Maggio '13
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Mario Maggio '13, a propulsion test engineer with Intuitive Machines, shares how he first got interested in spaceflight as a career path, and important lessons he learned about becoming a Renaissance Man, during his time at Haverford. 

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Fords in Four: John Patterson '98
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, John Patterson '98, executive chef at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, shares the lessons he learned at Haverford about leadership and mentorship, traces his career path, and shares advice about finding your passions.  

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Fords in Four: Cory Siegfried '08
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Cory Siegfried '08 shares how mentors from Haverford have played a part in his education and career path. He also gives advice to current students about learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. 

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Dear Philadelphia
Matthew Mignucci, VI Former

In this blog post, VI Former Matthew Mignucci writes a letter to the city leaders of Philadelphia, urging them to address the issues of poverty and homelessness. He discusses his work with the Germination Project, his experience interning near City Hall, and his hope that his favorite city can do better in the future. A version of this piece originally appeared in The Index.

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Fords in Four: Daniel Coleman '04
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Dan Coleman '04, Advisor to the Democratic Whip of the PA House Democratic Caucus, discusses his career path in public service and shares his advice to current students to "understand the gifts and benefits you are privileged to have around you." 

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Fords in Four: Bob Blakely '59
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Bob Blakely '59 shares the start of his interests in racing and rowing at Haverford, which led to setting a 300 MPH record on the Bonneville Salt Flats and being part of the founding of the Head of the Charles Regatta.   

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Fords in Four: Tom Caruso '06
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he provides insights and stories. In this blog post, Tom Caruso '06 discusses lessons of creativity, persistence, and personal strength he learned at Haverford that still serve him in his winemaking career and helped him in founding his own label, Pray Tell Wines.

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Fords in Four: Garrett Snider '14
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Garrett Snider '14, founder of the Childhood Resilience Foundation, shares his memories and lessons from Haverford, as well as how his time at the School influenced the creation of his foundation. 

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Fords in Four: Nicholas Dodds '07
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Nicholas Dodds '07, high net worth client manager at Vanguard, shares how his careers in finance and coaching soccer both got their starts at Haverford, and gives advice to current students and young alums on how to make the most of their Haverford experience. 

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More than rewarding: working with The Timothy School
Ian Rosenzweig, sixth grade

The Timothy School, which serves children with autism and is located in Berwyn, has partnered with The Haverford School for more than 15 years. The students exchange letters throughout the year as pen pals and also participate in one-day school exchange. In this blog post, sixth-grader Ian Rosenzweig, who has worked with The Timothy School for four years, reflects on the lessons he has learned and how he has been inspired by the students. A version of this article originally appeared in Crosman Chronicles, Haverford’s middle school newspaper. 

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Fords in Four: John Tecce '94
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, John Tecce '94, the director of BGB Motorsports, shares his career path from finance to motorsports, and reflects on important lessons from Haverford about following your passion and not being afraid to learn new things. 

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Reflections on the Middle School Diversity Conference
The Haverford School

Middle school students from 28 schools attended The Haverford School's 11th annual Middle School Diversity Conference in March. This year's theme was "Kinship and Friendship: Making Connections Across Lines of Difference." In this blog post, Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs reflect on the conference's history and importance, as well as takeaways from this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Rodney Glasgow. 

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Putting mathematics into practice
Nate Bridge, Upper School Mathematics

Four Upper School teachers embarked on an intensive training session on Project-Based Learning this summer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, Upper School mathematics teacher Nate Bridge shares how he has incorporated what he learned, especially about disciplinary learning and teaching real-world problem-solving skills, into his classroom. 

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Teaching teachers in Tanzania
Maia Campbell, Lower School Reading Specialist

Lower School Reading Specialist Maia Campbell recently worked for a month in Morogoro, Tanzania as one of 30 fellows in the Limited Resources Teacher Training (LRTT) Tanzania program. Campbell and a partner were assigned to train and observe 10 primary and secondary teachers in best practices of education, including student engagement, interactive lessons, and “the power of yet.” We sat down with Campbell and got her reflections on the experience, her personal connection to Africa, and her thoughts on global education and what characteristics all teachers share.

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Fords in Four: Chris Maxey '80
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Chris Maxey '80, founder and president of The Island School, reflects on how coaches and teachers at Haverford inspired his career in education, as well as what he hopes his students learn during a semester in the Bahamas. 

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Fords in Four: Andrew Helber '12
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Andrew Helber '12 reflects on how his passion for medicine was begun in science classes at Haverford, and shares how he tries to be a coach and colleague to the water polo and swimming student-athletes. 

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Middle schoolers reflect on Young Men of Color Symposium/(Re)defining Power Conference
The Haverford School

Five Middle Schoolers, along with Middle School math teacher Ryan Meyer and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs, recently attended the 2018 Young Men of Color Symposium and (Re)defining Power Conference on Nov. 10, at Trevor Day School in New York City. This year's conference theme was "Unlearning Dominance to Learn Accountability to Experience Freedom." They reflect on their experience and lessons learned in this blog post.

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Fords in Four: Damien Blair '91
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Damien Blair '91, head men's basketball coach at West Chester University, recounts his influential teachers, coaches and mentors from The Haverford School, and shares some advice for his players and current students. 

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Creating Authenticity in the Classroom
Taylor Smith-Kan, Upper School English

Four Upper School teachers embarked on an intensive training session on Project-Based Learning this summer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, Upper School English teacher Taylor Smith-Kan reflects on the training, and discusses her plans to incorporate more Project-Based Learning into her classroom at Haverford.

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Building Great Men
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented the following remarks at Middle School Parents Night on teaching boys scholarship, friendship, and character. “These three virtues could well represent three solid floors in our pledge to prepare boys for life,” he said.

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Be a True Friend
Biagio DeSimone

Student Body President VI Former Biagio DeSimone gave the following remarks on Opening Day, challenging his peers to make new friends and strengthen existing friendships. "As you become a part of Haverford, Haverford becomes a part of you," he said.   

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Confronting Our Blind Spots
Dr. John Nagl

In this blog post, Headmaster John Nagl reflects on this year's summer reading for the faculty and staff: Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, written by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Christopher Dial, who manages Professor Banaji's Implicit Social Cognition lab at Harvard, presented a discussion on the book's ideas at Haverford's opening meeting.  

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Fords in Four: John Dewis '94
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insight and stories. In this blog post, John Dewis '94, development director for Deep Springs College, shares his first experiences playing squash, his advice for current students, and his memorable encounters with fellow Haverford alumni. 

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Photographing London
Bobby Stratts '18

For his senior project, George "Bobby" Stratts ’18 traveled to London for nineteen days to photograph parts of the city and his old school, the American School in London. In this blog post, he reflects on seeing new parts of the city, meeting old and new friends, and the lessons that traveling taught him.  

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Building a Boat
Grayson Potter '18

John Nelligan, Tyler Roland, and Grayson Potter collaborated to build a canoe from scratch for their senior project. In this blog post, Potter explains the process - from picking up the plywood to sailing the boat in the pool - and all the lessons the team learned along the way. 

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Finding Joy Through Service
David Aspinall '18

For his senior project, David Aspinall worked at the Vocation Office at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. At this historic institution, Catholic men study, pray, and reflect as they discern a possible vocation to the priesthood. In this blog post, he shares what work he accomplished, and reflects on his interest in theology and on finding joy in serving others. 

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Meet our alumni: Weston Dripps ’88
The Haverford School

Weston Dripps ’88 is Executive Director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He strives to create “systems thinkers” who can help tackle the complex challenges facing our global society. As seen in the summer 2018 issue of Haverford School Today magazine.

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The type of man I want to be one day
Sam Lindner

The Class of 1996 Rafael Laserna Award for Outstanding Teaching is selected by students from those nominated by the senior class. This award goes to the "teacher who has a lasting influence on his or her students and who inspires them to learn and to excel in the classroom and in life." In this blog post, Sam Lindner '18 shares his remarks from Commencement on this year's Laserna Award winner, Luqman Kolade. 

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Questions for Men
Carmen Epstein

Upper School Spanish teacher and Human Relationships teacher Carmen Epstein reflects on privilege and gratitude as she shares a recent dance piece: Questions for Men. In this dance, Haverford students express the responses of men in the Haverford community through movement. Read on for Epstein’s reflection and a video of Questions for Men.

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Faculty Reflections on Puerto Rico
The Haverford School

Since 2010, Middle School faculty and Form II boys have traveled to Puerto Rico for a four-day trip,including touring the cities of La Parguera and Fajardo and engaging in community service at a local school or orphanage. In this blog post, Middle School teachers Jenn Hallman (theater), Kerry Kettering-Goens (Spanish), and Ryan Meyer (math) reflect on the trip and important lessons learned by the boys. 

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Coding, Cryptography, and War
Hannah B. Turlish, History Department Chair

History Department Chair Hannah B. Turlish and Upper School math teacher Katharine Hudson collaborated on a lesson about computer coding and World War II. Boys were given several encrypted messages that they had to decipher. In this blog post, Turlish reflects on how the lesson both introduced them to the skills of code-breaking and enriched their study of this historical period. 

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Contagious curiosity in the study of infectious disease
Daniel Goduti, Upper School science teacher

In this blog post, Upper School science teacher Daniel Goduti shares the background and skills learned in his VI Form science elective, Global Impacts of Infectious Disease. Along with studying life in the biological science-focused course, students also become equipped with the knowledge, tools, and desire to participate in the global community – preparing them for the world that they will soon inherit.

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Hephaestus Society: celebrating greatness
George Tseteskos P’20

Named after the Greek god of the forge, Hephaestus Society recognizes those who toil in relative obscurity to create greatness. Recently, Haverford inducted 2018 society members for their commitment to the intellectual life of the School through active participation in select clubs and activities. The guest speaker was George Tseteskos P’20, Dean Emeritus and the Francis Professor of Finance Drexel University. He shares his remarks in this blog post.

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Igniting the spark with Socratic seminars
Brendon Jobs, Upper School history teacher

IV Form Modern World History students recently performed a Socratic Seminar on freedom and revolution. The exercise, named after the Greek philosopher Socrates, assigns students different roles in the discussion and is designed to drive new ideas. In this blog post, Upper School history teacher Brendon Jobs talks about the role these seminars played in sparking thought and engagement among the students in his class. 

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Boys as readers
Deb Gavin, Third Grade Teacher

While historically categorized as non-readers, boys have a great capacity for reading and writing. Teachers at The Haverford School understand the complexity of reading and cultivate it as a foundational skill beginning in pre-kindergarten. In this blog post, third grade teacher Deb Gavin shares tips for engaging boys as readers and writers. 

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Building engaged citizens
Tim Lengel '07, Upper School history teacher

VI Formers who take the Government and Politics elective with history teacher Tim Lengel ’07 gain experience in identifying real-world community problems, brainstorming solutions, and presenting reports to elected officials. In this blog post, Lengel reflects on two student groups who recently presented to a Lower Merion Township Commissioner, and shares the importance of teaching the boys to be engaged, invested citizens. 

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History teacher recognized by Library of Congress
John Suter, Middle School history teacher

Middle School history teacher John Suter has been named one of 20 Mentor Teachers nationwide by the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program. Suter completed the Library’s Summer Teacher Institute and submitted sample lesson plans to the TPS Teachers’ Network in order to be accepted as a Mentor Teacher. In this blog post, he reflects on how he works with original materials in his classroom, what he has learned from the Library’s program, and how these kinds of lessons help students engage with history and become better critical thinkers.  

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This Haverford Life
Dan Keefe, Upper School English teacher

Upper School English teacher Dan Keefe introduced a new assignment to his Honors English class this year: the creation of podcasts. In this blog post, he reflects on the sonic resonance of well-told stories, explains how creative writing fits into the English Department's goals, and shares some of his students' work. 

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Reaching and engaging reserved boys
Andrew Franz, Upper School math teacher

In this blog post, Upper School math teacher Andrew Franz shares recommendations for engaging with reserved or introspective boys. He also highlights Haverford’s teacher-coach-advisor model, which allows faculty to build stronger relationships with boys outside of class and ensures boys are comfortable to engage in the classroom. 

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Nico Form VI Reflection
Nico Tellez, VI Form

VI Former Nico Tellez shares the story of his three-year exploration of Hispanics’ involvement in our country’s civil rights movement. His research, which includes artifacts and interviews, will be on display at the National Smithsonian Institute and was presented to Upper School students and faculty during Haverford’s Reflection assembly.

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Fords in Four: Meet Brooks Garber '00
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Brooks Garber '00, founder and CEO of AcademME, recounts how his positive experiences at Haverford led directly to his work in education policy and reform, and why he stays connected to the alumni community.

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The day EA won the sweater
Dr. John Nagl

The fruits of victory in life do not grow only from seeds sown on victorious athletic fields; in fact, we often learn more from our defeats than from our victories. After having lost the sweater to the Episcopal Academy after nine consecutive years of victory on EA Day, Dr. Nagl reflects on the lessons learned.

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Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well
Bill Brady and Laurie Bodine

The Haverford School Director of Leadership, Bill Brady, and Laurie Bodine, Leadership Strategist of START Leadership, presented "Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well," as part of the Best for Boys Speaker Series. The session provided parents with an understanding of the value of a leadership approach and a toolkit to foster the leadership mindset their sons need to do well without sacrificing being well.

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Manavya - Humanity
Arnav Sardesai, Form I

During a visit to his grandmother in Pune, India, this summer, I Former Arnav Sardesai visited an organization called Manavya, an orphanage for HIV positive and AIDS affected children. It also houses HIV/AIDS positive women who serve as caregivers for the children. In this blog post, he reflects on his grandmother's service to the organization, and his own memorable and inspirational trip.

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Teaching empathy through literature
Alicia Evans, Upper School English

Upper School English teacher Alicia Evans teaches the same lesson to all of her classes at the beginning of the school year, based on Franz Kafka's short story, The Fellowship. In this blog post, she explains how reading this story, and literature in general, can teach students to appreciate different perspectives, respect others' points of view, and practice empathy.

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Chase your potential
Robb Soslow

Student Body President Robb Soslow addressed Haverford students, faculty, and staff on Opening Day with the following remarks on what he feels makes Haverford special, including the opportunities that the School provides boys to realize their full potential.

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Mentoring aspiring school leaders
The Haverford School

Head of Upper School Matt Green is a university-sponsored mentor for the School Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and also serves on the Steering Committee for the Summer Leadership Institute. In this blog post, he highlights the opportunities and challenges awaiting the next generation of school leaders.

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25 Things Every Man Must Know
The Haverford School

As part of the "25 Things Every Man Must Know" senior elective designed by Director of Leadership Bill Brady, young men learn life skills. They split wood with a maul under the direction of history teacher Tim Lengel '07, work with Brant Henderson '74 of Bank of America on personal finance, and learn the nuances of home repair, grocery shopping on a budget, shoe shining, ironing, car maintenance, CPR, and more. In this blog post, Mr. Brady shares his inspiration and future ambitions for the course.

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Teaching the creative process
Chris Fox, Art Department Chair

Art Department Chair Chris Fox and his wife, Joan, spent part of July in Nanjing, China, speaking and conducting workshops at three different visual arts organizations. In this blog post, he talks about sharing his teaching of the creative process and the importance of building connections through visual communication.

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The other side of the classroom
Jose Martinez

VI Former Jose Martinez journeyed back to his former high school, Esperanza Academy, for his senior project. Over three weeks, Martinez helped teach, tutor, and mentor students in chemistry and Algebra I at Esperanza. He also traveled to three other schools to give motivational speeches to the students. In this blog post, he details his newfound appreciation for all teachers, and his biggest lessons learned from trying to help students live up to their potential.

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Learning more than medicine
Evan Haas

For his senior project, VI Former Evan Haas shadowed Dr. Steven Copit and Dr. Tutu Chang at Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia for three weeks. Jefferson Plastic Surgery functions as the division of plastic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In this blog post, he reflects on his first medical training experience, including learning the importance of compassion and critical thinking skills in the field of medicine.

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Painting a legacy
Cameron Hoorfar and Devin Weichert

For their senior project, VI Formers Cameron Hoorfar, Devin Weichert, and George Rubin designed, painted, and mounted a new mural that now hangs on the Field House wall, by the outdoor basketball court. It highlights both The Haverford School sense of brotherhood, and its various athletic programs. In this blog post, Cameron and Devin reflect on the technical aspects of the project and its impact on the School.

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Creating planetary panoramas
Kyle Alday and David Bunn

VI Formers Kyle Alday and David Bunn spent the past three weeks on Mars – virtually. For their senior project, they stitched together hundreds of photos taken by NASA's Mars Rover, Curiosity, to create twelve 360° panoramas of the planet. The students worked with Upper School science teacher Holly Golecki and Villanova University computer science professor Dr. Frank Klassner to create a three-dimensional "virtual tour" of Mars. In this blog post, they reflect on their work, the scope of the project, and the lessons they learned.

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Teaching machines how to think
The Haverford School

VI Former William Wu completed an independent study in machine learning, a subfield of computer science, under the advisement of Upper School math specialist Katharine Hudson. He used this knowledge to study the Enron scandal for his senior project. We sat down with Wu to talk about what machine learning is, and why it is so important in fields such as finance, biology, and artificial intelligence.

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The genesis of Newton's Notebook
Susan Mitchell, Math Department Chair

One of the most exciting new endeavors in the math department this year has been the creation of the first volume of the math journal, Newton's Notebook. In this blog post, Math Department Chair Susan Mitchell discusses the goals of the journal, which include soliciting articles from faculty and students from the entire community, and fostering student interest in all aspects of mathematics.

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Kinetic-based learning
Lauren Faralli, Middle School Latin

Middle School Latin teacher Lauren Faralli was selected as one of 75 teachers around the world who received a merit-based fellowship to attend the Klingenstein Center's 2017 Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. The Institute allows faculty to explore teaching styles and educational philosophies and issues over a two-week intensive study. In this blog post, Ms. Faralli traces her start in education and shares her best practices for kinetic-based classroom lessons.

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Reflections on Cuba
The Haverford School

Twenty-nine students spent spring break traveling to Cuba with four faculty members. It was the first trip to Cuba in the history of Haverford's Global Studies program, which strives to help students gain awareness, respect, and understanding of international cultures and the global community. Here, students and faculty reflect on their experiences.

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Ripple effect
Ravindra Reddy '90

In this blog post, scholarship-recipient-turned-scholar-supporter Ravindra Reddy '90 brings to life how one act of kindness can change the world. His inspiring and heartfelt remarks, which chart his father's journey from India to Haverford, and demonstrate the power of access to education, were delivered at the third annual Scholarship Luncheon.

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The art of building proofs
The Haverford School

Geometry teacher Sam Walters recently finished a textbook (co-written with former faculty member Zack Murtha), based upon a research project he completed with the University of Delaware to examine how students best learn the art of building proofs. Here, we interview Walters about the experience and what he's learned.

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Experiential learning: Intellectual Curiosity Day
Amanda Vos Strache, Upper School History

Upper School students recently embarked on the inaugural Intellectual Curiosity Day - no grades, no homework, just experiential learning. In this blog post, Upper School history teacher Amanda Vos Strache discusses the planning process and shares takeaways from a day when students and faculty engaged in interdisciplinary lessons both on and off campus.

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The Boy Behind the Mask
Janet Heed, Upper School Counselor, and Michael Reichert, Consulting School Psychologist

The Haverford School Consulting Psychologist Michael Reichert and Upper School Counselor Janet Heed presented "The Boy Behind the Mask" as part of the Best for Boys speaker series. Supported by current research of boys' development and their own experience as educators and mental health professionals, Reichert and Heed advocated for a new framework for understanding and supporting boys.

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Fords in Four: Meet John Sawin '03
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, wealth advisor and amateur golfer John Sawin '03 shares what he learned in Haverford classrooms and on the Fords golf team, and gives his advice to current students on building relationships and embracing change.

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Ingenuity and collaboration: second grade simple machine challenge
Bill Palmer, Lower School science

In this blog post, Lower School science teacher Bill Palmer explains a collaborative project with The Agnes Irwin School (AIS), in which our second-graders worked with students at our sister school to design and build a functional compound machine that could deliver a Lego figure into a container.

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Setting foot in Abu Dhabi
Heather Stinson, Associate Director of College Counseling

In this blog post, Associate Director of College Counseling Heather Stinson reflects on how college visits influence her work, with a particular focus on a recent trip to New York University's Abu Dhabi campus.

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Black history is American history
Joslyn Jackson

As a complement to classroom activities celebrating Black History Month, a photo collage of 1,000 remarkable individuals graces the Lower School lobby. It is meant to speak the beautiful truth of our existence as a country: a true mélange of cultures, races, and heritages. Read on as parent Joslyn Jackson details her inspiration for creating this project in partnership with the Lower School.

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Artist residency at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Zoë Blatt, Upper School Art

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Upper School Art teacher Zoë Blatt shares her experience as an artist-in-residence at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.

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Aun aprendiendo (still learning)
Dr. Gerhard Reich, Middle School Spanish

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Middle School teacher and Guitar Club instructor Gerhard Reich shares his experience in Spain at Carmen de las Cuevas, a language and professional flamenco school in the Arab quarter of Granada.

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Give and Take
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 reflects on one of his favorite speeches to give to middle school boys, called "Give and Take."

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The benefits of mindfulness
Heather Stinson, Associate Director of College Counseling

Heather Stinson is currently working with Upper School faculty to integrate mindfulness techniques into their classes and advisories, and will be teaching mindfulness to sophomores in Health & Physical Education this spring. Here, she reflects on some benefits of mindfulness practice: stress reduction, emotional regulation, and improved focus.

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Book drive for Africa
Justin Wamah

Eighth grader Justin Wamah talks about the school his uncle is starting in Liberia and how the Haverford community has helped him donate books to the cause. Justin is pictured with some of the textbooks he collected, alongside students in Liberia.

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Boys to Men: The Transition from Adolescents to Adults
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

On Oct. 15, Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented "Boys to Men: The Transition from Adolescents to Adults" as part of the School's Best for Boys speaker series. In this blog post, he shares takeaways on identity, masculinity, and other topics related to this critical time in a young man's development.

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Bridging the distance: Haverford to Havana
Noel Straight, Upper School Spanish

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Upper School Spanish teacher Noel Straight shares her experience in working to establish a pen pal program with a school in Havana, Cuba, during a historic year for the country.

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A true brotherhood
Evan Scott

Student Body President Evan Scott addressed Haverford students, faculty and staff on Opening Day with the following remarks on brotherhood, self-acceptance, and excitement for a new school year.

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Planting trees
Dr. John Nagl

Headmaster John Nagl discusses David Brooks' The Road to Character, the book that Haverford faculty and staff read over the summer. He also reflects on the planting of trees on campus, offering a metaphor of preparing for another year of teaching and mentoring boys and young men, helping them grow strong and true.

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Fords in Four: Meet Peter Quinn '95
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Peter Quinn '95, Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy, discusses his military career and his work supporting combat veterans. Quinn currently serves as the Deputy Chief for Defense Intelligence Agency Liaison Berlin in Germany.

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Giants
Dr. John Nagl

Headmaster John Nagl reflects on the memorial service of Austin Wylie and how to help young people confront the giants in their lives.

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Capturing the brass ring
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 reflects on his childhood memories of capturing the brass ring and how it relates to finding encouraging and challenging activities for boys.

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Talking predictive analytics, arithmetic geometry, and risk management with industry experts
The Haverford School
The Mathematics Department strives to produce young men who can analyze and interpret data to make good decisions in business, political science, medicine and academia. To that end, we recently welcomed several renowned mathematicians to showcase their talents with calculus and statistics students.
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Thunderbolt Patriot
Bill Farrell Jr. '54

In his painting "Thunderbolt Patriot," Bill Farrell '54 depicts Capt. Quentin C. Aanenson, 9th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, with the P-47D Thunderbolt. The work hangs in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. In this blog post, Bill details his inspiration for creating "Thunderbolt Patriot."

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My Haverford experience
Aaron MacLean
Aaron MacLean spoke to students as part of Haverford's 2016 Honor Day. In this blog post, he reflects on the leadership exhibited by students, the teaching excellence demonstrated by faculty, and the healthy debate and discussion surrounding politics and foreign policy issues:
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Klingenstein Center Fellowship: Q&A with Headmaster John Nagl
The Haverford School

Headmaster John Nagl was awarded a fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership's 2016 Heads of Schools program at Teachers College, Columbia University. This distinguished honor, established in 1991, is granted to 20 heads of schools annually. In this blog post, Dr. Nagl shares his experiences as a Klingenstein Fellow.

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Remembering Haverford's first African American graduate
The Haverford School

As part of Black History Month, our boys have been learning about the champions of the civil rights movement. Recently, a Lower School boy asked about the first African American graduate of The Haverford School. Here, we share the story of George "Porgie" Smith '67 through the eyes of his childhood friend, retired judge Wendall Holland.

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Pro-failure, as defined by our boys
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

The second trimester is when sixth grade math teachers, Ms. Nelson and Mr. Romero, introduce the stock project to the boys. While a relatively recent addition to our curriculum, the boys thrill at the opportunity to learn about the markets and try their hand at investing. It is a pleasure to see the boys think about all aspects of investments, as the project requires math skills, decision making, research, and a little creativity. Evidence of the boys' creativity is provided by a new Latin word they made that indicates positive aspects of negative outcomes. They call it: pro-failure.

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Exploring America's narrow definition of masculinity
Dr. John Nagl

On the evening of Jan. 14, Upper School Counselor Janet Heed and I had the privilege of being on a panel of educators who led a discussion of The Mask You Live In at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The film, which Janet teaches to boys taking her Social Psychology course, is an unflinching evaluation of the way we socialize and educate boys.

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Mapping The Aeneid
Dr. Andrew Fenton

If you were a tourist in the Roman Empire, where would you visit? How long would it take you to travel around? And how much would it cost? Those are the questions that Andrew Fenton's Latin IV Honors students answer for their capstone project, entitled Mapping The Aeneid.

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Boys as makers
Chris Fox

Art department chair Chris Fox presented at the 2015 International Boys' Schools Coalition Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on the topic of Boys as Makers. Fox walked educators through his Creative Process diagram, and explained how it facilitates experiential and cross-discipline learning practices.

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Post Three Slides

Fords in Four: Thomas Lindberg '07
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Thomas Lindberg '07, partner at Upstream Capital and chair of Haverford's Young Alumni Committee, reflects on lessons learned from his time as a student at Haverford and shares advice for his fellow young alums. He also discusses the new Alumni Networking Platform and how it will help build a stronger, more connected Fords community. 

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Creating an inviting language classroom through empathy
Daphne Monroy, Middle School Chinese Teacher

In this blog post, Middle School Chinese teacher Daphne Monroy explains why empathy is crucial to learning a second language. She discusses how she created and cultivated a safe and trusting environment for her students to practice and make mistakes within her first week of teaching at Haverford. A version of this story first appeared in the Middle School newspaper, The Fords Forum

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Fords in Four: Darryl Clark '75
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Darryl Clark '75 shares fond memories of Spanish teacher Rafael Laserna, traces his career path to becoming a translator and touring musician in Spain, and gives advice to current students.   

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Fords in Four: Andrew Acker '11
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Andrew Acker '11, integrated cardiac surgery resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, reminisces on his high school years at Haverford, traces his career path into medicine, and shares lessons learned about working hard and following your passions.  

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Learning to code in Lower School
Michelle Burns, Lower School Librarian

Lower School Librarian Michelle Burns was recently recognized with a CARE Award by BSD Education. According to the BSD Education website: "Each year, BSD Education partners with teachers around the world to bring technology programs into their classrooms. CARE Award nominees represent a diverse group of teachers. Each exemplifies one or more of BSD's four foundational characteristics: curious, adaptable, resilient, and empathetic." 

We sat down with Ms. Burns recently to discuss how she incorporates BSD's coding curriculum in her lessons, what skills she hopes to impart on her students, and more.

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Fords in Four: Elliott Davis '77
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Elliott Davis '77 shares memories and lessons learned from Haverford, which have served him both in his 40-year career in finance and his newest venture, founding Mine Hill Distillery, in Roxbury, Conn. 

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Fords in Four: Cole Berman '14
Emily Chahar

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. Cole Berman '14 reminisces on his journey from managing the golf team in fifth grade to serving as director of Haverford's golf program now. He also shares how he and his friends are helping to support healthcare workers and restaurants through their nonprofit, Fuel the Fight. 

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Transitioning to Virtual Haverford
Andrea Drinkwine, Director of Information and Instructional Technology

In this blog post, Director of Information and Instructional Technology Andrea Drinkwine discusses the education technology tools that are in place at Haverford, and how teachers and students were able to rise to the challenge of transitioning to Virtual Haverford and full-time online learning. 

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Fords in Four: Dan Walsh '78
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Dan Walsh '78, a painter, printmaker, and bookmaker based in New York, reflects on lessons learned at Haverford, the start of his art career, and his favorite exhibition. 

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Fords in Four: Mario Maggio '13
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Mario Maggio '13, a propulsion test engineer with Intuitive Machines, shares how he first got interested in spaceflight as a career path, and important lessons he learned about becoming a Renaissance Man, during his time at Haverford. 

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Fords in Four: John Patterson '98
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, John Patterson '98, executive chef at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, shares the lessons he learned at Haverford about leadership and mentorship, traces his career path, and shares advice about finding your passions.  

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Fords in Four: Cory Siegfried '08
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Cory Siegfried '08 shares how mentors from Haverford have played a part in his education and career path. He also gives advice to current students about learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable. 

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Dear Philadelphia
Matthew Mignucci, VI Former

In this blog post, VI Former Matthew Mignucci writes a letter to the city leaders of Philadelphia, urging them to address the issues of poverty and homelessness. He discusses his work with the Germination Project, his experience interning near City Hall, and his hope that his favorite city can do better in the future. A version of this piece originally appeared in The Index.

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Fords in Four: Daniel Coleman '04
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Dan Coleman '04, Advisor to the Democratic Whip of the PA House Democratic Caucus, discusses his career path in public service and shares his advice to current students to "understand the gifts and benefits you are privileged to have around you." 

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Fords in Four: Bob Blakely '59
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Bob Blakely '59 shares the start of his interests in racing and rowing at Haverford, which led to setting a 300 MPH record on the Bonneville Salt Flats and being part of the founding of the Head of the Charles Regatta.   

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Fords in Four: Tom Caruso '06
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he provides insights and stories. In this blog post, Tom Caruso '06 discusses lessons of creativity, persistence, and personal strength he learned at Haverford that still serve him in his winemaking career and helped him in founding his own label, Pray Tell Wines.

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Fords in Four: Garrett Snider '14
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Garrett Snider '14, founder of the Childhood Resilience Foundation, shares his memories and lessons from Haverford, as well as how his time at the School influenced the creation of his foundation. 

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Fords in Four: Nicholas Dodds '07
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Nicholas Dodds '07, high net worth client manager at Vanguard, shares how his careers in finance and coaching soccer both got their starts at Haverford, and gives advice to current students and young alums on how to make the most of their Haverford experience. 

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More than rewarding: working with The Timothy School
Ian Rosenzweig, sixth grade

The Timothy School, which serves children with autism and is located in Berwyn, has partnered with The Haverford School for more than 15 years. The students exchange letters throughout the year as pen pals and also participate in one-day school exchange. In this blog post, sixth-grader Ian Rosenzweig, who has worked with The Timothy School for four years, reflects on the lessons he has learned and how he has been inspired by the students. A version of this article originally appeared in Crosman Chronicles, Haverford’s middle school newspaper. 

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Fords in Four: John Tecce '94
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, John Tecce '94, the director of BGB Motorsports, shares his career path from finance to motorsports, and reflects on important lessons from Haverford about following your passion and not being afraid to learn new things. 

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Reflections on the Middle School Diversity Conference
The Haverford School

Middle school students from 28 schools attended The Haverford School's 11th annual Middle School Diversity Conference in March. This year's theme was "Kinship and Friendship: Making Connections Across Lines of Difference." In this blog post, Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs reflect on the conference's history and importance, as well as takeaways from this year's keynote speaker, Dr. Rodney Glasgow. 

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Putting mathematics into practice
Nate Bridge, Upper School Mathematics

Four Upper School teachers embarked on an intensive training session on Project-Based Learning this summer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, Upper School mathematics teacher Nate Bridge shares how he has incorporated what he learned, especially about disciplinary learning and teaching real-world problem-solving skills, into his classroom. 

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Teaching teachers in Tanzania
Maia Campbell, Lower School Reading Specialist

Lower School Reading Specialist Maia Campbell recently worked for a month in Morogoro, Tanzania as one of 30 fellows in the Limited Resources Teacher Training (LRTT) Tanzania program. Campbell and a partner were assigned to train and observe 10 primary and secondary teachers in best practices of education, including student engagement, interactive lessons, and “the power of yet.” We sat down with Campbell and got her reflections on the experience, her personal connection to Africa, and her thoughts on global education and what characteristics all teachers share.

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Fords in Four: Chris Maxey '80
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Chris Maxey '80, founder and president of The Island School, reflects on how coaches and teachers at Haverford inspired his career in education, as well as what he hopes his students learn during a semester in the Bahamas. 

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Fords in Four: Andrew Helber '12
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Andrew Helber '12 reflects on how his passion for medicine was begun in science classes at Haverford, and shares how he tries to be a coach and colleague to the water polo and swimming student-athletes. 

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Middle schoolers reflect on Young Men of Color Symposium/(Re)defining Power Conference
The Haverford School

Five Middle Schoolers, along with Middle School math teacher Ryan Meyer and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Brendon Jobs, recently attended the 2018 Young Men of Color Symposium and (Re)defining Power Conference on Nov. 10, at Trevor Day School in New York City. This year's conference theme was "Unlearning Dominance to Learn Accountability to Experience Freedom." They reflect on their experience and lessons learned in this blog post.

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Fords in Four: Damien Blair '91
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Damien Blair '91, head men's basketball coach at West Chester University, recounts his influential teachers, coaches and mentors from The Haverford School, and shares some advice for his players and current students. 

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Creating Authenticity in the Classroom
Taylor Smith-Kan, Upper School English

Four Upper School teachers embarked on an intensive training session on Project-Based Learning this summer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. In this blog post, Upper School English teacher Taylor Smith-Kan reflects on the training, and discusses her plans to incorporate more Project-Based Learning into her classroom at Haverford.

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Building Great Men
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 presented the following remarks at Middle School Parents Night on teaching boys scholarship, friendship, and character. “These three virtues could well represent three solid floors in our pledge to prepare boys for life,” he said.

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Be a True Friend
Biagio DeSimone

Student Body President VI Former Biagio DeSimone gave the following remarks on Opening Day, challenging his peers to make new friends and strengthen existing friendships. "As you become a part of Haverford, Haverford becomes a part of you," he said.   

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Confronting Our Blind Spots
Dr. John Nagl

In this blog post, Headmaster John Nagl reflects on this year's summer reading for the faculty and staff: Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, written by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Christopher Dial, who manages Professor Banaji's Implicit Social Cognition lab at Harvard, presented a discussion on the book's ideas at Haverford's opening meeting.  

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Fords in Four: John Dewis '94
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insight and stories. In this blog post, John Dewis '94, development director for Deep Springs College, shares his first experiences playing squash, his advice for current students, and his memorable encounters with fellow Haverford alumni. 

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Photographing London
Bobby Stratts '18

For his senior project, George "Bobby" Stratts ’18 traveled to London for nineteen days to photograph parts of the city and his old school, the American School in London. In this blog post, he reflects on seeing new parts of the city, meeting old and new friends, and the lessons that traveling taught him.  

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Building a Boat
Grayson Potter '18

John Nelligan, Tyler Roland, and Grayson Potter collaborated to build a canoe from scratch for their senior project. In this blog post, Potter explains the process - from picking up the plywood to sailing the boat in the pool - and all the lessons the team learned along the way. 

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Finding Joy Through Service
David Aspinall '18

For his senior project, David Aspinall worked at the Vocation Office at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. At this historic institution, Catholic men study, pray, and reflect as they discern a possible vocation to the priesthood. In this blog post, he shares what work he accomplished, and reflects on his interest in theology and on finding joy in serving others. 

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Meet our alumni: Weston Dripps ’88
The Haverford School

Weston Dripps ’88 is Executive Director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He strives to create “systems thinkers” who can help tackle the complex challenges facing our global society. As seen in the summer 2018 issue of Haverford School Today magazine.

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The type of man I want to be one day
Sam Lindner

The Class of 1996 Rafael Laserna Award for Outstanding Teaching is selected by students from those nominated by the senior class. This award goes to the "teacher who has a lasting influence on his or her students and who inspires them to learn and to excel in the classroom and in life." In this blog post, Sam Lindner '18 shares his remarks from Commencement on this year's Laserna Award winner, Luqman Kolade. 

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Questions for Men
Carmen Epstein

Upper School Spanish teacher and Human Relationships teacher Carmen Epstein reflects on privilege and gratitude as she shares a recent dance piece: Questions for Men. In this dance, Haverford students express the responses of men in the Haverford community through movement. Read on for Epstein’s reflection and a video of Questions for Men.

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Faculty Reflections on Puerto Rico
The Haverford School

Since 2010, Middle School faculty and Form II boys have traveled to Puerto Rico for a four-day trip,including touring the cities of La Parguera and Fajardo and engaging in community service at a local school or orphanage. In this blog post, Middle School teachers Jenn Hallman (theater), Kerry Kettering-Goens (Spanish), and Ryan Meyer (math) reflect on the trip and important lessons learned by the boys. 

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Coding, Cryptography, and War
Hannah B. Turlish, History Department Chair

History Department Chair Hannah B. Turlish and Upper School math teacher Katharine Hudson collaborated on a lesson about computer coding and World War II. Boys were given several encrypted messages that they had to decipher. In this blog post, Turlish reflects on how the lesson both introduced them to the skills of code-breaking and enriched their study of this historical period. 

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Contagious curiosity in the study of infectious disease
Daniel Goduti, Upper School science teacher

In this blog post, Upper School science teacher Daniel Goduti shares the background and skills learned in his VI Form science elective, Global Impacts of Infectious Disease. Along with studying life in the biological science-focused course, students also become equipped with the knowledge, tools, and desire to participate in the global community – preparing them for the world that they will soon inherit.

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Hephaestus Society: celebrating greatness
George Tseteskos P’20

Named after the Greek god of the forge, Hephaestus Society recognizes those who toil in relative obscurity to create greatness. Recently, Haverford inducted 2018 society members for their commitment to the intellectual life of the School through active participation in select clubs and activities. The guest speaker was George Tseteskos P’20, Dean Emeritus and the Francis Professor of Finance Drexel University. He shares his remarks in this blog post.

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Igniting the spark with Socratic seminars
Brendon Jobs, Upper School history teacher

IV Form Modern World History students recently performed a Socratic Seminar on freedom and revolution. The exercise, named after the Greek philosopher Socrates, assigns students different roles in the discussion and is designed to drive new ideas. In this blog post, Upper School history teacher Brendon Jobs talks about the role these seminars played in sparking thought and engagement among the students in his class. 

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Boys as readers
Deb Gavin, Third Grade Teacher

While historically categorized as non-readers, boys have a great capacity for reading and writing. Teachers at The Haverford School understand the complexity of reading and cultivate it as a foundational skill beginning in pre-kindergarten. In this blog post, third grade teacher Deb Gavin shares tips for engaging boys as readers and writers. 

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Building engaged citizens
Tim Lengel '07, Upper School history teacher

VI Formers who take the Government and Politics elective with history teacher Tim Lengel ’07 gain experience in identifying real-world community problems, brainstorming solutions, and presenting reports to elected officials. In this blog post, Lengel reflects on two student groups who recently presented to a Lower Merion Township Commissioner, and shares the importance of teaching the boys to be engaged, invested citizens. 

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History teacher recognized by Library of Congress
John Suter, Middle School history teacher

Middle School history teacher John Suter has been named one of 20 Mentor Teachers nationwide by the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Program. Suter completed the Library’s Summer Teacher Institute and submitted sample lesson plans to the TPS Teachers’ Network in order to be accepted as a Mentor Teacher. In this blog post, he reflects on how he works with original materials in his classroom, what he has learned from the Library’s program, and how these kinds of lessons help students engage with history and become better critical thinkers.  

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This Haverford Life
Dan Keefe, Upper School English teacher

Upper School English teacher Dan Keefe introduced a new assignment to his Honors English class this year: the creation of podcasts. In this blog post, he reflects on the sonic resonance of well-told stories, explains how creative writing fits into the English Department's goals, and shares some of his students' work. 

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Reaching and engaging reserved boys
Andrew Franz, Upper School math teacher

In this blog post, Upper School math teacher Andrew Franz shares recommendations for engaging with reserved or introspective boys. He also highlights Haverford’s teacher-coach-advisor model, which allows faculty to build stronger relationships with boys outside of class and ensures boys are comfortable to engage in the classroom. 

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Nico Form VI Reflection
Nico Tellez, VI Form

VI Former Nico Tellez shares the story of his three-year exploration of Hispanics’ involvement in our country’s civil rights movement. His research, which includes artifacts and interviews, will be on display at the National Smithsonian Institute and was presented to Upper School students and faculty during Haverford’s Reflection assembly.

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Fords in Four: Meet Brooks Garber '00
The Haverford School

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Brooks Garber '00, founder and CEO of AcademME, recounts how his positive experiences at Haverford led directly to his work in education policy and reform, and why he stays connected to the alumni community.

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The day EA won the sweater
Dr. John Nagl

The fruits of victory in life do not grow only from seeds sown on victorious athletic fields; in fact, we often learn more from our defeats than from our victories. After having lost the sweater to the Episcopal Academy after nine consecutive years of victory on EA Day, Dr. Nagl reflects on the lessons learned.

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Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well
Bill Brady and Laurie Bodine

The Haverford School Director of Leadership, Bill Brady, and Laurie Bodine, Leadership Strategist of START Leadership, presented "Lead Well, Be Well, Do Well," as part of the Best for Boys Speaker Series. The session provided parents with an understanding of the value of a leadership approach and a toolkit to foster the leadership mindset their sons need to do well without sacrificing being well.

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Manavya - Humanity
Arnav Sardesai, Form I

During a visit to his grandmother in Pune, India, this summer, I Former Arnav Sardesai visited an organization called Manavya, an orphanage for HIV positive and AIDS affected children. It also houses HIV/AIDS positive women who serve as caregivers for the children. In this blog post, he reflects on his grandmother's service to the organization, and his own memorable and inspirational trip.

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Teaching empathy through literature
Alicia Evans, Upper School English

Upper School English teacher Alicia Evans teaches the same lesson to all of her classes at the beginning of the school year, based on Franz Kafka's short story, The Fellowship. In this blog post, she explains how reading this story, and literature in general, can teach students to appreciate different perspectives, respect others' points of view, and practice empathy.

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Chase your potential
Robb Soslow

Student Body President Robb Soslow addressed Haverford students, faculty, and staff on Opening Day with the following remarks on what he feels makes Haverford special, including the opportunities that the School provides boys to realize their full potential.

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Mentoring aspiring school leaders
The Haverford School

Head of Upper School Matt Green is a university-sponsored mentor for the School Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and also serves on the Steering Committee for the Summer Leadership Institute. In this blog post, he highlights the opportunities and challenges awaiting the next generation of school leaders.

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25 Things Every Man Must Know
The Haverford School

As part of the "25 Things Every Man Must Know" senior elective designed by Director of Leadership Bill Brady, young men learn life skills. They split wood with a maul under the direction of history teacher Tim Lengel '07, work with Brant Henderson '74 of Bank of America on personal finance, and learn the nuances of home repair, grocery shopping on a budget, shoe shining, ironing, car maintenance, CPR, and more. In this blog post, Mr. Brady shares his inspiration and future ambitions for the course.

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Teaching the creative process
Chris Fox, Art Department Chair

Art Department Chair Chris Fox and his wife, Joan, spent part of July in Nanjing, China, speaking and conducting workshops at three different visual arts organizations. In this blog post, he talks about sharing his teaching of the creative process and the importance of building connections through visual communication.

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The other side of the classroom
Jose Martinez

VI Former Jose Martinez journeyed back to his former high school, Esperanza Academy, for his senior project. Over three weeks, Martinez helped teach, tutor, and mentor students in chemistry and Algebra I at Esperanza. He also traveled to three other schools to give motivational speeches to the students. In this blog post, he details his newfound appreciation for all teachers, and his biggest lessons learned from trying to help students live up to their potential.

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Learning more than medicine
Evan Haas

For his senior project, VI Former Evan Haas shadowed Dr. Steven Copit and Dr. Tutu Chang at Jefferson Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia for three weeks. Jefferson Plastic Surgery functions as the division of plastic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In this blog post, he reflects on his first medical training experience, including learning the importance of compassion and critical thinking skills in the field of medicine.

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Painting a legacy
Cameron Hoorfar and Devin Weichert

For their senior project, VI Formers Cameron Hoorfar, Devin Weichert, and George Rubin designed, painted, and mounted a new mural that now hangs on the Field House wall, by the outdoor basketball court. It highlights both The Haverford School sense of brotherhood, and its various athletic programs. In this blog post, Cameron and Devin reflect on the technical aspects of the project and its impact on the School.

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Creating planetary panoramas
Kyle Alday and David Bunn

VI Formers Kyle Alday and David Bunn spent the past three weeks on Mars – virtually. For their senior project, they stitched together hundreds of photos taken by NASA's Mars Rover, Curiosity, to create twelve 360° panoramas of the planet. The students worked with Upper School science teacher Holly Golecki and Villanova University computer science professor Dr. Frank Klassner to create a three-dimensional "virtual tour" of Mars. In this blog post, they reflect on their work, the scope of the project, and the lessons they learned.

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Teaching machines how to think
The Haverford School

VI Former William Wu completed an independent study in machine learning, a subfield of computer science, under the advisement of Upper School math specialist Katharine Hudson. He used this knowledge to study the Enron scandal for his senior project. We sat down with Wu to talk about what machine learning is, and why it is so important in fields such as finance, biology, and artificial intelligence.

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The genesis of Newton's Notebook
Susan Mitchell, Math Department Chair

One of the most exciting new endeavors in the math department this year has been the creation of the first volume of the math journal, Newton's Notebook. In this blog post, Math Department Chair Susan Mitchell discusses the goals of the journal, which include soliciting articles from faculty and students from the entire community, and fostering student interest in all aspects of mathematics.

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Kinetic-based learning
Lauren Faralli, Middle School Latin

Middle School Latin teacher Lauren Faralli was selected as one of 75 teachers around the world who received a merit-based fellowship to attend the Klingenstein Center's 2017 Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. The Institute allows faculty to explore teaching styles and educational philosophies and issues over a two-week intensive study. In this blog post, Ms. Faralli traces her start in education and shares her best practices for kinetic-based classroom lessons.

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Reflections on Cuba
The Haverford School

Twenty-nine students spent spring break traveling to Cuba with four faculty members. It was the first trip to Cuba in the history of Haverford's Global Studies program, which strives to help students gain awareness, respect, and understanding of international cultures and the global community. Here, students and faculty reflect on their experiences.

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Ripple effect
Ravindra Reddy '90

In this blog post, scholarship-recipient-turned-scholar-supporter Ravindra Reddy '90 brings to life how one act of kindness can change the world. His inspiring and heartfelt remarks, which chart his father's journey from India to Haverford, and demonstrate the power of access to education, were delivered at the third annual Scholarship Luncheon.

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The art of building proofs
The Haverford School

Geometry teacher Sam Walters recently finished a textbook (co-written with former faculty member Zack Murtha), based upon a research project he completed with the University of Delaware to examine how students best learn the art of building proofs. Here, we interview Walters about the experience and what he's learned.

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Experiential learning: Intellectual Curiosity Day
Amanda Vos Strache, Upper School History

Upper School students recently embarked on the inaugural Intellectual Curiosity Day - no grades, no homework, just experiential learning. In this blog post, Upper School history teacher Amanda Vos Strache discusses the planning process and shares takeaways from a day when students and faculty engaged in interdisciplinary lessons both on and off campus.

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The Boy Behind the Mask
Janet Heed, Upper School Counselor, and Michael Reichert, Consulting School Psychologist

The Haverford School Consulting Psychologist Michael Reichert and Upper School Counselor Janet Heed presented "The Boy Behind the Mask" as part of the Best for Boys speaker series. Supported by current research of boys' development and their own experience as educators and mental health professionals, Reichert and Heed advocated for a new framework for understanding and supporting boys.

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Fords in Four: Meet John Sawin '03
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In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, wealth advisor and amateur golfer John Sawin '03 shares what he learned in Haverford classrooms and on the Fords golf team, and gives his advice to current students on building relationships and embracing change.

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Ingenuity and collaboration: second grade simple machine challenge
Bill Palmer, Lower School science

In this blog post, Lower School science teacher Bill Palmer explains a collaborative project with The Agnes Irwin School (AIS), in which our second-graders worked with students at our sister school to design and build a functional compound machine that could deliver a Lego figure into a container.

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Setting foot in Abu Dhabi
Heather Stinson, Associate Director of College Counseling

In this blog post, Associate Director of College Counseling Heather Stinson reflects on how college visits influence her work, with a particular focus on a recent trip to New York University's Abu Dhabi campus.

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Black history is American history
Joslyn Jackson

As a complement to classroom activities celebrating Black History Month, a photo collage of 1,000 remarkable individuals graces the Lower School lobby. It is meant to speak the beautiful truth of our existence as a country: a true mélange of cultures, races, and heritages. Read on as parent Joslyn Jackson details her inspiration for creating this project in partnership with the Lower School.

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Artist residency at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Zoë Blatt, Upper School Art

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Upper School Art teacher Zoë Blatt shares her experience as an artist-in-residence at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece.

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Aun aprendiendo (still learning)
Dr. Gerhard Reich, Middle School Spanish

Professional development is a year-round occupation for Haverford's faculty and staff. This past summer, 55 members of our community received funding to pursue opportunities to hone their skills, enrich their craft, and advance their education. In this blog post, Middle School teacher and Guitar Club instructor Gerhard Reich shares his experience in Spain at Carmen de las Cuevas, a language and professional flamenco school in the Arab quarter of Granada.

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Give and Take
Jay Greytok '83, Head of Middle School

Head of Middle School Jay Greytok '83 reflects on one of his favorite speeches to give to middle school boys, called "Give and Take."

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The benefits of mindfulness
Heather Stinson, Associate Director of College Counseling

Heather Stinson is currently working with Upper School faculty to integrate mindfulness techniques into their classes and advisories, and will be teaching mindfulness to sophomores in Health & Physical Education this spring. Here, she reflects on some benefits of mindfulness practice: stress reduction, emotional regulation, and improved focus.

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Book drive for Africa
Justin Wamah

Eighth grader Justin Wamah talks about the school his uncle is starting in Liberia and how the Haverford community has helped him donate books to the cause. Justin is pictured with some of the textbooks he collected, alongside students in Liberia.

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Boys to Men: The Transition from Adolescents to Adults