Reaffirming Concord Academy’s core values, the school’s renewed mission statement calls on everyone to engage. See what learning looks like on campus today and how alumnae/i Eric Nguyen ’00, Izzy Lowell ’98, Tony Patt ’83, and Amy Longsworth ’76 are working to create a more just and sustainable world.
Concord Academy has become one of the first independent schools in the greater Boston area to adopt a holistic campus sustainability plan. Approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring, the plan defines targets in the categories of food, greenhouse gas reduction, building operations, and institutional support that the school has pledged to meet by its centennial in 2022.
Seeing hunger in their communities, some CA alumnae/i have found their own ways to address it. Kezia Parsons Simister ’95 organizes donations to the Arlington, Mass., food pantry. Mim Locke ’64 lives and works at the Martin de Porres House of Hospitality in San Francisco. And Mallory Cerkleski ’16 manages a mobile farmer’s market that serves urban customers in Greensboro, N.C.
A life-changing trip to Nepal led this acclaimed architect to change careers and open her business, Doula X Design. “Now I’m helping one woman at a time, one family at a time,” she says.
The CEO and co-founder of Modulate, a startup that creates “voice skins” that alter people’s voices for online use, weighs in on the risks and benefits of this new technology.
Kate Morse Erwin ’69 was awarded the 2019 recipient of the Joan Shaw Herman Award for Distinguished Service for a rare and unparalleled passion for improving mental health for the incarcerated.
On October 4, more than 100 Concord Academy alumnae/i, former faculty, and current faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new commons connecting Haines and Hobson to Bill Bailey P’87 ’88 ’91, GP’21 ’22, former History Department head, who taught, mentored, and inspired CA students from 1967 through 2002, and whose legacy will endure for decades to come.
Concord Academy’s sustainability plan resulted from efforts to set meaningful goals for leadership, for change, and for education. Our hope is that this plan will make this school better and, in doing so, might educate students to lead on this issue as we contribute to a more just and sustainable world.
Celebrating the Completion of the CA Houses Initiative, Concord Academy Opens Space to Live and Learn
With the joining of the Haines and Hobson houses, Concord Academy has completed the two-year CA Houses initiative. Improvements to all of the student houses were made possible entirely through the enthusiastic support and generosity of the CA community, which contributed $12 million for construction and an additional $1 million in endowment to maintain the houses.
For three weeks in July, CA Latin teacher Karilyn Sheldon brought four CA students and recent graduates to the Caladinho Archaeological Project in Portugal to work alongside professional archaeologists.
For a CA departmental study during the spring 2019 semester, Elliot White ’19 tried her hand at several cameraless photography techniques and earned recognition for her artistry.
In spring 2019, the CA girls varsity tennis team stormed into the NEPSAC finals for the second time in three years. We interviewed returning seniors Lily Gray ’20 and Ella Griffiths ’20 about the team and Hung Treiu P’18, who has coached the squad to the NEPSAC tournament four years in a row.
“One of the beautiful things about mask work is that every person brings something different to it,” says theater teacher Shelley Bolman, who used a CA professional development grant to study in July at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Concord Academy’s First Summer Institute for Teachers from Public and Private Schools Promotes Dynamic Learning
Co-directed by CA history teachers Kim Frederick and Topi Dasgupta, Concord Academy’s inaugural Summer Institute assisted public and private school teachers in developing project-based lessons, gathering a cohort of educators committed to dynamic learning.
In its first year, a CA club for student inventors reached new heights — literally. The scientific experiments proposed by CA’s Spark Club earned coveted spots aboard a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure research balloon through the Cubes in Space program.