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Yes, that was Lower School aunt Breanne Nasti highlighted in Major League Baseball’s tweet celebrating the nineteen women coaching in the big leagues this season. Nasti is a development coach at the New York Mets, a team that has a small but growing fan base at Gordon.

Yes, that was Nick Longo, Middle School parent, alumni parent and professor at Rhode Island College, coming out with a new book, Practicing Democracy, aimed at offering practical approaches and strategies for developing students' capacity to engage in collaborative, public problem solving. It can be downloaded for free now!

Yes, that was William Derby ’21 among the four winners of Trinity Rep’s Write Here! Write Now! student playwriting contest this spring. The four winning plays will have staged readings open to the public on May 2; learn more at

Yes, that is Early Childhood Director Cendhi Arias featured in the class notes of URI’s latest alumni bulletin. The note highlighted her transition to director at Gordon, which happened in September.

Yes, that was Spencer Romain ’17 out raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital last week. The occasion was a tennis tournament, a collaboration between Worcester Polytechnic’s club tennis, of which Spencer is vice president, and Tau Kappa Epsilon, of which Spencer is a member.

Yes, that is Deb Forman ’83 leading the RISD Museum’s Artists in Conversation series. The next conversation is this Thursday, April 20th, at 5pm, free and open to the public.

Yes, that was a Gordon fifth grader selected by Rhode Island’s PBS station to be one of ten student readers who will read Dan Santat’s The Aquanaut on the air this spring. The Aquanaut is Rhode Island’s One Book, One State youth community read this year, and the Gordon honoree will get to meet the author when he visits the State House in May. photo: Gordon’s winner with Sarah Trudeau of Rhode Island PBS, and Gordon’s Head of School Noni Thomas López

Yes, that is Early Childhood creative arts instructor Anna Slate in the Wilbury Theatre Group’s production of Paula Vogel’s play Indecent. The Tony-winning play tells the the true story behind Sholem Asch’s God Of Vengeance - a Yiddish play that made it to Broadway in 1922, but was shut down by the police for offensive content.

Yes, that will be Natasha Connolly ’20, Rhode Island’s Youth Poetry Ambassador, representing Rhode Island at the national round of the Poetry Out Loud competition in May. She was chosen from a wide range of performance poets from high schools across Rhode Island.


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