As we hit the halfway point of the year, I can’t help but think about how, by the end of this year, three colleagues and close friends will be retiring. David Smith '65 appointed in 1969, Ned Mitchell (1976), and Michael Veit (1994), are all closing the LA chapter of their lives and moving on to other endeavors. All three are master teachers who have shaped the personal and intellectual growth of generations of LA students. Their combined 111 years of service is inspirational. LA has an ability to attract and retain strong educators who spend their careers at the school. Such commitment is all part of the LA magic.
While stalwarts such as these three move on, LA brings in new teachers at the other extreme of their careers who make their own kind of a difference. This year, three interns have invigorated us – two in the history department, Kira Shaikh and Sean Moyo, and one in the English Department, Milton Rico. All three are recent college graduates, and all have hit the ground running teaching, advising, coaching, and serving as dorm parents. All share that total commitment to the students that we have seen with Messrs. Smith, Mitchell, and Veit.
Both the continuity and the ebb and flow of adept professionals serving our students keeps us fresh and strong. Be sure to check out this excellent video that espouses the strengths of LA's teachers, "Why Teach at LA" [video]. Also be sure to check out another clip – this time produced by senior Joshua Newsome – speaking to our students' appreciation for our faculty [video].
As the LA community evolves, so do our campus facilities. This year, Lawrence House is under renovation and will open in September 2017 to 25 boarding girls. (It used to house 15) Built in 1880, Lawrence House will grow by 50%, to 9,000 square feet and will serve as a beacon for what we want all our dorms to be – quality rooms, study spaces, and community areas – with two faculty family apartments in its prime location across from Bigelow Hall on our newly pedestrian-only Powderhouse Road [gallery].
I hope everyone is having a wonderful winter. I'll be back in touch in early March before we embark on our 45th year of learning-by-doing with our Winterim Program [video].
From the hillside,
Associate Head of School
BTW: Join us! Tonight, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m., the Akwaaba Ensemble brings traditional drumming, dancing, and singing from Ghana to the Conant Gallery...On Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 J. William Mees Visiting Scholar Francis Gary Powers Jr. presents The U-2 Incident: A Son's Perspective...LA Circle Event - Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Nest at Redbird...LA Circle Event - San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. University Club of San Francisco. Save the Date: Reunion 2017, Saturday, June 10 (for class years ending in 2 and 7) and Friday night, June 9, for Golden Alumni (Class of 1967) dinner at Park House...Finally, we look to spring and are asking for nominations for the Alumni Faculty Appreciation Award as well as Alumni Notes for the 2017 Academy Journal.