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Fords in Four: Kharon Randolph ’18

In Fords in Four, we ask a Haverford School alumnus four questions about his time at the School and life after Haverford. In his fourth and final year playing for Haverford’s varsity basketball team, Kharon Randolph ’18 earned the Markward Club Philadelphia Player of the Year award. That same year, the Fords won the Inter-Ac basketball championship. Randolph recently finished a successful college basketball career, graduating from Holy Family University with a degree in psychology.

Fords in Four: Eric Fisher ’78

In Fords in Four, we ask a Haverford School alumnus four questions about his time at the School and life after Haverford. In this post, Eric Fisher '78 shares his memories as a student on Lancaster Avenue and how his education impacted him in college and beyond. Fisher, a celebrated architect and founder of Fisher ARCHitecture in Pittsburgh, says his motto is "let old be old and let new be new." His clients and his colleagues note that his work is progressive and thoughtful, showcasing a special skill for weaving his work into the fabric of the Pittsburgh community. Fisher is the 2022 Haverford School Arts Fest Featured Artist

On Reading: Upper School history teacher LaJuan Foust

In this series, called On Reading, Middle School reading teacher Karen Suter interviews Haverford School community members on their reading habits and book recommendations. In this blog post, history teacher LaJuan Foust describes the books on his shelf and how they got there. He is in his second year of teaching history at Haverford, but he’s been teaching for a little over a decade. In addition to his work in the classroom, he is also an assistant JV soccer coach and works with the speech and debate team. 

Fords in Four: Austin Krell '15

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Austin Krell ’15 details his path to becoming a beat writer for the Philadelphia 76ers and shares predictions for their season. Krell contributes Sixers content for USA Today Sports Media Group’s NBA websites, daily coverage for The Painted Lines, and hosts the podcast The Feed to Embiid. He is active on twitter, sharing real time insights on everything Sixers.

Fords in Four: Joshua C. Ridenhour '17

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Joshua C. Ridenhour '17 shares reflections on lessons learned and tips for staying connected. After Josh graduated from The Haverford School, he attended Skidmore College, where he contributed social media content for Skidmore College Sports and Skidmore Men’s Soccer accounts. He served as a writer and editor for a weekly publication and as a radio show co-host. He graduated in 2021 and joined The Haverford School's development team, where he fosters connections with fellow alumni as an alumni & development officer.

Fords in Four: Brandon Adams ’02

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Brandon Adams ’02 reflects on the values guiding K4 Investments, the company he founded alongside his Haverford classmate Don Ware ’02. Adams' career history involves time spent as a reconnaissance team leader in the United States Army and as a Vice President with The Blackstone Group’s yield-oriented investment platform, Harvest. Now, with K4 Investments, Adams and Ware partner with, operate, and grow a small portfolio of complimentary lower middle market manufacturing businesses in the Greater Delaware Valley and Northeast region.

When the teacher becomes the student

Middle School Chinese teacher Daphne Monroy has been engaging in professional development, practicing Chinese ink painting as a way to more fully teach the culture in her Chinese language classrooms. The School’s Summer Institute for the Growth of Haverford Teachers and Staff (SIGHTS) supports this professional development, which has a direct impact on Monroy's students through a fuller representation of the multi-faceted culture examined in her class. The late coordinator of the SIGHTS program, Becca Davis, expressed support for Monroy's professional development, saying, “I am impressed with your commitment to professional growth and look forward to hearing how this work informs you and perhaps all of us. Congratulations and hurrah for your love of learning. You inspire me.” Below, Monroy's reflects on lessons learned while creating the art shown above.

On Reading: Lower School music teacher and choral director Val Case

In this series, called On Reading, Middle School reading teacher Karen Suter interviews Haverford School community members on their reading habits and book recommendations. In this blog post, Val Case, Lower School music teacher and choral director, Fantastic Fords band director, and accompanist for concerts and productions, discusses her favorite books shared with her sons, Josh Case ’20 and current Haverford students Andrew and Christian, in Form V and Form I, respectively. She shares her favorite sources of book recommendations, ways of reading, and favorite gifts to give.

H. Richard Winn Fords in Four

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, H. Richard Winn ’60 shares impactful moments from his Haverford days and from his ensuing career. Winn, The Haverford School Distinguished Alumnus in 2000, is editor-in-chief of Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery, Adjunct Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience at Mount Sinai Medical School, Professor of Neurosurgery at University of Iowa, and as a Visiting Professor of Surgery at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.