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Fords in Four: Henry Blynn '12

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Henry Blynn '12, senior associate at Infinedi Partners, discusses his most memorable experiences at the School, the lessons he learned and friendships he made over his thirteen years here, and his career path into private equity.  

Fords in Four: Alex Lipoff '07

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Alex Lipoff '07, founder and owner of GiftEd Philly, recounts memorable experiences and faculty members from his time at Haverford; discusses what led him into the fields of education, psychology, and tutoring; and gives advice to current students about how they can best serve the world. 

On Reading: Physical Education Department Chair Jeff Potter

In this new series, called On Reading, Middle School reading teacher Karen Suter interviews Haverford community members on their reading habits and book recommendations. In this blog post, Jeff Potter, Chair of the Physical Education Department, three-sport coach, and parent to 6 kids, reflects on how he finds time to read in his busy household, and why he thinks it’s important to read about self-improvement and gaining self-confidence.

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.