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Jacqui Ketner celebration

Thursday, May 12, 2022
4:30pm - 5:30pm

Over the summer of 2020, science teacher Jacqui Ketner decided to retire from the classroom.

Ms. Ketner began at Gordon as a Kindergarten teacher in 1985. She taught in all three divisions of the school, touching the lives of hundreds of students. Her deep commitment to Gordon’s hands-on, progressive approach allowed her to bring the core principles of science to life for students from age three to the early teens. 

Ms. Ketner was a leader in the thoughtful use of technology in the classroom, helping develop the school’s first robotics curriculum and modeling the use of digital photography and video to document experiments and help children’s ideas come to life.

She is remembered by many as a steady advocate for Gordon’s outdoor spaces. She integrated Gordon’s pond, stream, hills and open fields effortlessly into her lessons, and had a rich understanding of the plants and wildlife that make their home at Maxfield Avenue.

Even in retirement, Jacqui has remained connected to Gordon, visiting campus often, helping Nursery with their birdwatching lesson and drawing on her archive of photos and video to help illustrate the science work alumni did during their Gordon years.

You are invited to join Jacqui and her family in recognizing her impact on Gordon at a celebration on Thursday, May 12th at 4:30pm.