Gordonians in the spotlight

While Joanne Bland and the Middle School students participating in vaccine trials made news over the past weeks, a few dozen other Gordon family members were in the spotlight as well...

above: Gianna Paratore '17 and Charlie Callahan '17 directing Almost Maine at Moses Brown this winter, and co-starring in Flat Stanley at Gordon in fourth grade. Almost Maine opened March 5th, and featured Ursula Talbot '18, Dylan Bean '18 and Kavi Mongia-Gasper '18 with Emma Platt '18 and Vivian Miller '18 on the production team.

Wheeler's fall productions included The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, which featured Charlie Ragona '18, Eliot Wiersma '19, Ella Kulper '19 and Clara Aizenman '18. It's online now. The cast list for their spring musical has even more Gordon names on it: Brandon Gunasti '17, Myles Johnson '19, Audrey Lee '19, Theo Duarte-Baird '18 and Pepper Travers '20 as well as Ella.

Meanwhile, The Laramie Project was the fall production at the Putney School in Vermont, with Leo Griffin '17 serving as stage manager.

above: Alumna parent Angie Ankoma and seventh grade and alumnae parent Anthony Rust served as leaders in an important conversation on highlighting Black philanthropy, presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Rhode Island earlier this month. 

above: for International Women's Day, Providence College's podcast put Kara Berlin-Gallo '13 out front alongside Dr. Abigail Brooks, director of PC's Women's and Gender Studies Program, for a conversation about the program and the history that current PC students are living through.

Gordon parents are part of the party as Brown University's Dance Department celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this week. The department was founded by alumnae parent Julie Strandberg in 1969, and alumnae parent Michelle Bach-Coulibaly has taught alongside her since 1982. Their team at Brown's Theater Arts and Performance Studies Department includes current Gordon parents Sydney Skybetter, Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman.

Arts faculty member and admissions associate Rodney Eric López brought his perspective and insight to the March 18th Dance/NYC 2021 Symposium, moderating a panel on Social Dance in Form, Function, and Practice. Rodney's also reprising his role as one of two leads in the Wilbury Group's production of The Race, back by popular demand after a successful run this winter.

above: as CVS opened its vaccine program to Rhode Island teacher, math teacher and Gordon parent Irene Horton spoke to the Boston Globe about her relief she and her family were experiencing.

After several years as interim head of school at schools across the country, former Gordon head Ralph Wales has accepted a permanent position leading St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School in California. 

Chief Advancement and Experience Officer Claire Phipps was profiled as part of the Leading Ladies feature in the latest Providence Monthly.

above: a Gordon seventh grader made the front page of the East Greenwich Pendulum early in March for his role in a student project that has drawn national attention. The seventh grader was learning from home this winter, and the project, which proposes an equitable, science-based system for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, is a vivid example of the successful collaboration happening between students learning from home and those learning on Gordon's campus.

Seventh grade and alumna parent Dr. Christine Montross is getting a new round of attention for her book Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration. It's among the finalists for the 2021 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, and she was interviewed by the Providence Journal this past weekend.

Kindergarten parent Eva Agudelo is featured in the cover story in the new issue of Edible Rhody. The story spotlights Hope's Harvest, the nonprofit she founded that recovers and distributes food that might otherwise go to waste in farmer's fields. Gordon people who have been around for a few years might also recognize Georgina Sarpong, a former member of Gordon's lunch team whose Abundance Farm is also covered in this issue of Edible Rhody.

Amelia Spalter '13 gave a TED Talk as part of TEDxBrownUniversity on March 18th, "discussing the art of the interview and its potential to save the world". More on the event, and what Amelia's been up to since 2013, at https://www.ted.com/tedx/events/38304


Seen a member of the Gordon extended family out in the world being incredible? Email Mr. Griffin at ggriffin@gordonschool.org

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