CA’s winter 2021 mainstage production, Baltimore, was presented virtually on May 22 and 23. Written after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the play tackles a racist incident on a predominantly white college campus and the 12 hours that follow. Playwright Kirsten Greenidge worked with the cast during rehearsals and took part in a pre-show discussion.
This year, CA’s mascot, the chameleon, feels more appropriate than ever for a school that values adaptability. In this photo essay, we share the changes our academics and student life underwent throughout this year of shifting COVID-19 precautions, along with views of our campus and students and words from two members of our senior class.
A surprise field day on Friday, May 21, gave CA students an opportunity to switch gears and enjoy each other’s company. Red and Blue Day in 2021 involved a Wit ’N Grit course around campus, appreciation activities, a dunk tank, and most of all, a chance to come together as a school community.
Dat Le ’06 co-chairs the Concord Academy Young Alumnae/i Community (CAYAC) Committee to stay connected with his classmates and the school, and to help foster that connection for others.
During her 2021 Davidson Lecture on April 14, Helen Suh ’21 urged CA students to explore widely. The environmental epidemiologist discussed her research on air pollution and how she has responded to the pandemic in her work.
Jeff Desjarlais, director of health and student support services, spoke to students during Monday’s assembly. He reminded our community that the emotional impact of this pandemic is far from over. Responding to the mental health of our community will continue to be a priority.
We are excited to announce the hiring of Grant Hightower as CA’s new director of community and equity as of July 1, 2021. A seasoned diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) activist, practitioner, and consultant, he will assist our community in realizing a central tenet of the school’s mission, “striving for equity.”
We are delighted that Justin Bull has agreed to serve as CA’s interim dean of faculty for the 2021–22 school year. The interview committee appreciated Justin’s desire to enhance communication, his interest in bringing forward conversations around teaching and pedagogy for the year ahead, and his deep experience as a teacher, department head, coach, mentor, advisor, and house faculty member.
We say goodbye to faculty and staff who have served CA for more than 20 years: Deborah Gray, Amy Spencer P’13, Abby Laber P’16, Diana Thompson, and Eve Fraser-Corp.
Melody Komyerov ’89 will serve as CA’s Director of Marketing and Communications, starting in mid-April. As a member of the senior administrative team, Melody will develop and lead Concord Academy’s strategic communications, encompassing digital, social, and print media, with responsibility for ensuring effective systems, resources, and process to achieve the school’s marketing and communications objectives. She will partner with the interim head of school and across departments to inspire and engage all of CA’s constituents and community members.