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Honoring Jacqui Ketner

Longtime science teacher recognized by friends and family

Jacqui Ketner's thirty-five years at Gordon were honored this afternoon in a ceremony near Engle Field.

Fifty friends and family members gathered outside the Lower School science lab, built in 2005 to house the science program that Jacqui developed.


She was celebrated with memories from former colleagues, and Jacqui herself took center stage to offer her own reflections on gratitude, family, friendship and what she learned on Maxfield Avenue.

Before Nick Terry unveiled a plaque in Jacqui's honor, her two sons spoke movingly about the experience of growing up with Gordon as a second home, and with an expert science teacher for a mother.


Coby and Alex also introduced the Jacqui Ketner Joy of Science Fund, founded to support Gordon's work "teaching lower school students to relish in the joy of scientific discovery and exploration." More on the fund at







above: Ted Trafton '94 got to introduce his former Kindergarten teacher to his son, who is now a Gordon student. The young Trafton was immediately able to identify his father in the 1986 class photo on display.

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