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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.

Head of School Tyler Casertano Addresses Faculty and Staff

On the Monday after the School's Haverford/ EA Day win, faculty and staff members gathered for an in-service day to discuss School-wide initiatives, participate in team-building exercises, and collaborate in divisional meetings. Head of School Tyler Casertano addressed the full gathering of Haverford School employees, sharing observations as a new community member and gratitude for the warm welcome.

Malik Twyman '17 tailback Colgate Haverford football

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, Malik Twyman ’17 shares memories from his Haverford School days and reflections on how he became the man he is today. Twyman was a star running back for the Fords and then a tailback for Colgate University. He was awarded Colgate's 2021 Men's Athletics Director Leadership Award, which celebrates his achievements and contributions to his team, school, and wider community. He is now a Legal Practice Assistant for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. 

Holbrook School and Camp Graphic

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, we interviewed Casey O'Rourke ’05, co-owner of Hopwood School & Camp with his wife, Annie O'Rourke. Casey O'Rourke shares his journey from private equity to education leadership, along with reflections on Haverford lessons and connections. He honors the legacy of his classmate Jordan Baumeister ’05 and recalls his Haverford lacrosse team's 2005 State Championship win.

Mitav Nayak and Tyler Casertano

On September 10, 2021, opening day traditions resumed in person for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19. Click here to see the video of the day's events and read below for opening day remarks from Student Body President and Sixth Former Mitav Nayak and Head of School Tyler Casertano.

On Reading: Middle School math teacher Ryan Meyer

Introduction: 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, Ryan Meyer, Middle School mathematics teacher, three-sport coach, Math Counts advisor, participant in the inaugural year of Building Antiracist White Educators, husband to Colleen, and dad to Brody, discusses how he got his start as a reader, where he finds his next book, and how he stays motivated to keep reading. He also reminisces on what it meant to him when his colleague and students gifted books to his young son. 

 

Fords in Four: Erich J. Prince ’13 and Henri Mattila ’13

In Fords in Four, we ask an alumnus four questions; he shares insights and stories. In this blog post, we interviewed two alumni, Erich J. Prince ’13 and Henri Mattila ’13, co-founders of the publication Merion West. The two men recount memorable experiences and lessons learned from their time at Haverford; discuss what led them to found Merion West, a nonpartisan publication that was started to bring a new and independent voice to the current media environment; and give advice to current students about how they can best serve the world.