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Fords in Four: Mengistu Koilor ‘99

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Mengistu Koilor ‘99, co-founder of Two Locals Brewing Company, reminisces on his time at Haverford and traces his career path in the finance and craft beer industries. He also shares how community members can support Two Locals, which is the first black-owned brewing company in Philadelphia. 

Global Education in a Virtual World

In this blog post, Middle School history teacher Kori Brown discusses the goals of her World Cultures class to instill a sense of curiosity, cultural awareness, and empathy in her students. She gives tips on how to create "virtual international adventures" from your home. This article originally appeared on MainLineToday.com

Fords in Four: Will Barker '05

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, artist Will Barker '05 traces his career path from the NFL to art, acknowledges the mentors he met at Haverford, and shares his hopes for how he can use art to give back to local communities. 

Creative Problem-Solving

How does one teach creativity? How does one inspire students to create? In this blog post, Upper School art teacher Kristin Brown shares how she encourages students to design projects, explore their own ideas, and take ownership of their voices in her classes, and reflects on how these skillsets can be used beyond the art classroom. 

Fords in Four: Josh Collins '13

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Josh Collins '13, Director of Business Development at LeafLabs LLC, reflects on lessons learned from his favorite teachers at Haverford, as well as from starting his own company at the age of 21. He also shares advice for fellow young alums and current students. 

Fords in Four: Grant Ament '15

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Grant Ament '15, a professional lacrosse player with Archers LC, shares memories from Haverford, discusses how he stays motivated as a professional athlete, and gives advice for younger students. 

Fords in Four: Thomas Lindberg '07

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. 

Creating an inviting language classroom through empathy

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

Fords in Four: Darryl Clark '75

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.