Syndicate content

Freshman Daniel Chiu wins 1st place at regional U.S. history bee, advances to nationals

Send by email
Way to go!

This is the first year of this new, individual competition, which asks questions about American history. The regional competition drew students from Oregon and Washington. Daniel will compete at the national U.S. History Bee in April.

Ice dancers Chloe Lewis '18 and Logan Bye '16 finish in 6th place at U.S. National Championships, featured on KGW news

Send by email

We are so proud of ice dancing partners Chloe and Logan. They nailed an impressive 6th place finish in the junior level at the U.S. National Championships in Boston. They have been recognized as Olympic hopefuls for 2022, and maybe even 2018 at the rate they're going!

Medals were awarded at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate, and juvenile levels. The results will be part of the U.S. selection criteria for the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2014 World Championships, 2014 World Junior Championships, and 2014 Four Continents Championships.

Portland's KGW TV featured a news story about Chloe and Logan on January 22.

Middle School robotics team wins first place in state competition

Send by email

Team Startstruck won first place in the software category at state and glowing praise from the judges! They are 7th graders Amber Merrill, Sujala Chittor, Natalie Dodson, Hannah Fisher and 6th graders Ava Pritchard, and Aarushi Phalke. Sophomore Jacob Bendicksen is their coach.The team created a sophisticated software that goes beyond programming missions. They created a system for training the robot what to do via Bluetooth and then playing it back.

Junior Valerie Ding and senior Kristin Qian among 11 winners in the Van Buren Concerto Competition

Send by email

Niel DePonte, artistic director and conductor of the Young Artists Debut! Concert, announced the 2014 winners of the annual Van Buren Concerto Competition. The 11 soloists were selected from 28 semifinalists. Winners will perform with DePonte and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newmark Theatre. 

Both Valerie and Kristin are three-time winners of the Young Artists Debut! Competition.

Valerie will perform the first movement of St. Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Kristin will join two others in performing the first movement of Bach's Triple Violin Concerto in D Major. 

Sophomore Julien Leitner opening for national act on January 26

Send by email

Julien, who goes by D Future, is opening for nationally touring performers Dizzy Wright and the Hopsin.

The performance is on Sunday, January 26, at the Roseland Theater.

Julien's show is at 8 p.m. All ages welcome. Tickets are $20.

» Link to Roseland Theater and tickets

Annual Report 2012-13: Tuition on the Track

posted in
Send by email
2013 Senior Class Gift Inspires Tradition

From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Tuition on the Track represents the very essence of Catlin Gabel’s mission: inspired learning leading to responsible action. What began as a single student’s idea is now a successful student-led fundraiser for financial aid.

Our second annual TTT event, held on April 12, raised an amazing $65,000! The average financial aid award size is $15,700, which means TTT made it possible for four incredible students to attend the Upper School.
The walkathon notion originated as Kate Rubinstein ’12’s “agents of change” paper for junior English class in 2011. Kate is a Catlin Gabel lifer who, along with classmate Brooke Edelson ‘12 and a great committee of seniors, persuaded their classmates to make the Tuition on the Track their senior gift to the school.
Thank you to Washington Trust Bank, our presenting sponsor, and all the students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni who came together for a fantastic afternoon of walking, skipping, sprinting, talking, and hanging out. Thanks especially, to the class of 2013, who joined forces to organize the event and make this effort their senior class gift to the school.

Annual Report 2012-13: Special Events

posted in
Send by email
An important part of the Catlin Gabel Fund

From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

2013 Auction

A “Fantastic Voyage”

Inspired by each student’s evolution, the school’s auction theme this year was the Fantastic Voyage! Thanks to enthusiastic bidders, donors, supporters, volunteers, and staff, the sold-out event at Nike’s Tiger Woods Center grossed $465,000, breaking our record.
That evening, guests were inspired by a video featuring the voyage of Qiddist Hammerly ’12 from the Beehive to graduation, and now to life at Northwestern University.
Thank you to the many wonderful Catlin Gabel friends and families who spent countless hours preparing for the event, and for the auction donors whose contributions make it possible to provide our distinguished program. Special thanks to our fantastic co-chairs Karen Hoke and Kirsten Brady, whose vision, commitment, and creativity made the event itself a fantastic voyage.

Qiddist Hammerly ’12, her senior buddy, & her 1st grade buddy

A spirited bidding game during the auction

“Fantastic Voyage” co-chairs Karen Hoke & Kirsten Brady

Annual Report 2012-13: The Catlin Gabel Fund

posted in
Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Thank you for giving students an incredible experience

Donors to the Catlin Gabel Fund enable each student to have a deep, enriching experience during the academic year. Small classes, broad course offerings, and co-curricular opportunities set apart Catlin Gabel from other schools. Tuition and fees cover only 85 percent of the school’s budget. The remaining 15 percent—equivalent to $2,162 per student—is funded by donations to the Catlin Gabel Fund and endowment earnings.

Our students’ education is greatly enhanced because of opportunities provided by the Catlin Gabel Fund. Here are just a few areas that are supported by the fund:
  • Robotics
  • Math specialists
  • iPads for teachers
  • and classrooms
  • Outdoor education
  • Music rooms
  • Woodshop
  • Chinese language studies
  • The garden
  • Athletics
For questions about the Catlin Gabel Fund, contact the fund director, Marianne Falk, 503-297-1894 ext. 374,

2012–13 Catlin Gabel Fund Committee

Many thanks to our dedicated Catlin Gabel Fund committee members who spent countless hours making phone calls and reaching out to the community in order to facilitate each gift.
Chairs: Hadley Boyd & Tom Watson, parents of Knox ’21 & Jay ’23
Heather Baskin
Stephanie Broad
Becky Ellis
Brigid Flanigan
Megan Galaher
Laura Gordon
Stacey Hobart
Pam Lloyd
Christine Ortner
Meghan Pollard
Michael Proksch
Julie Proksch
Jodie Snyder
Mel Tilkicioglu
Kaycee Wiita
Janet Williamson
Jen Yoken

Annual Report 2012-13: Supporting the Endowment

posted in
Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Judith Rees ’64

"The Greatest Gift I Can Make"

Judith Rees ’64 was already a hands-on landlord when she inherited two multi-family rental properties from her mother, Kathryn Rees, in 2002. Those properties have become the source of great benefit to both Judith and Catlin Gabel.
Before the sale of the properties, Judith established a charitable remainder trust and named Catlin Gabel as a beneficiary. Her trust, funded by the sale of these rental properties, will endow scholarships at Catlin Gabel, supporting students based on financial need.
The trust allows Judith to:
  • Avoid capital gains
  • Receive an additional income stream for life based on the investment of the sale proceeds
  • Receive the benefit of a charitable tax deduction. 

“I feel that the greatest gift I can make is to enable others to get an education that inspires a love of learning,” said Judith. She is now retired from a career in historic preservation and municipal government planning and development.
Judith’s impetus to give back to Catlin Gabel goes deep within her family roots: her father, Dr. Denton Rees, was a trustee when E. Kimbark MacColl was school head. He believed that the most important contribution he could make was to education—another great inheritance.

Join an extraordinary program

The Palma Scholars Program brings in exceptional 9th graders—excelling in academics, athletics, leadership, and service—and through its seminar provides all Upper School students with new ways to learn based on collaboration and creativity. The program prepares tomorrow’s leaders with an inspired curriculum that we hope will serve as a model for our nation’s high schools. Gifts to this endowed program will enable the school meet each family’s financial need and further attract remarkable students who would normally not consider Catlin Gabel a possibility.

Create your own

Establishing an endowed scholarship in your family name, or in honor of someone significant to you, is one of the most distinguished and personal forms of philanthropy. The purpose of the fund can be directed to a specific area, for instance financial aid, faculty salaries, or your favorite academic area.

Giving details

Pledges may be paid over a five-year period. A gift may be comprised of cash, appreciated securities, real estate, trust instruments, or a combination that best suits your needs. Catlin Gabel’s development staff can assist in structuring a gift to take advantage of tax benefits. This is the perfect way to share your support of Catlin Gabel in perpetuity.

Annual Report 2012-13: Campaign for Arts & Minds

posted in
Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller & Annual Report

The Catlin Gabel community never ceases to amaze me. Recently, I was in a lively conversation with one of our longest-standing donors about the difference between charity and philanthropy. Both are essential in a civil society, but philanthropy is about solving problems—not just alleviating their effects. Philanthropy perfectly describes our donors’ gifts. Through donors’ support, Catlin Gabel students mature with intellect, character, ethics, and an ambitious sense of purpose. They seek challenge, lead the charge, and have a deep sense of efficacy. Thoughtful and sustained philanthropy to our school means every spring we graduate powerful agents of change, and watch what they’ll do around the world.
—Miranda Wellman ’91, director of advancement

Catlin Gabel received nearly $27 million in philanthropic support including campaign and annual gifts over the last six years.

The campaign committee members have worked tirelessly, helping the school raise millions of dollars. They are a constant source of inspiration, and we thank them for their tremendous personal philanthropy and service:
Craig Hartzman, co-chair
Clare Hamill, co-chair
Alix Meier Goodman ’73
Dr. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Mark Holliday
Bill Lazar

Annual Report 2012-13: Letter from Lark & Philanthropy Report

posted in
Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Dear Catlin Gabel Families and Friends,


As I enter my last year as head of school, I can’t help but reflect on the powerful

philanthropy this community has demonstrated year after year. I never tire of talking with donors about their reasons for giving to Catlin Gabel, because it reminds me that our mission is powerful. When I look at our students and alumni, they represent my hope for the future. And when I watch our faculty in action, I think, “there is no more noble job in the world than to teach and teach well.” Philanthropy to Catlin Gabel means forwarding our work one school day at a time. This year, with a grateful heart, I thank all of our donors and volunteers for their humbling service and support. You have invested in our pursuits and contributed to the bright future I know we’ll have.
—Lark Palma

Philanthropy Report: 2012–13

Catlin Gabel Fund Total (gross) $1.57 million
Auction & special appeal (gross) $465,000
Tuition on the Track $65,000
Gifts in Support of Campaign for Arts & Minds
Endowment $597,446
Creative Arts Center $990,027
Total Philanthropy $3.16 million
Catlin Gabel School Endowment (as of August 31, 2013) $26,339,563
Post-campaign projection, excluding investment gains: $38.8 million

Alumni News, Winter 2014

posted in
Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller

Alumni & Homecoming Weekend was a great success this year, well attended by alumni of all generations who returned to campus to reconnect with each other and current and past faculty-staff. The torrential downpours throughout the weekend did not stop alumni from enjoying the celebratory events.
The weekend kicked off Friday when alumni award honorees Wick Rowland ’62 and Amani Reed ’93 joined alumni from the classes of ’43–’58 for lunch in the gallery of the Creative Arts Center. Director of advancement Miranda Wellman ’91 led the enthusiastic group of 40 on a tour of the new space. Attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by Catlin Gabel food service director Hen Truong and listened attentively as Wick and Amani spoke. Alumni mingled long after lunch was finished, poring over an archives display, thanks to the work of committed volunteer Meg Patten Eaton ’58.
On Friday evening, alumni joined the greater Catlin Gabel community at Davis-Gant field for the boys’ and girls’ homecoming soccer matches versus Oregon Episcopal School. The rain held off until the last whistle was blown. Following the matches, Catlin Gabel fans joined the alumni association under a tent near the Barn for a festive celebration.
By Saturday morning alumni from near and far had arrived on campus for the Celebration of Leadership and Service. The James F. Miller Library quickly filled to capacity with alumni who were pleased to recognize the 2012–13 honorees:
  • Dave Corkran, Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award
  • Gretchen Corbett ’63, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
  • Wick Rowland ’62, Distinguished Alumni Service Award
  • Amani Reed ’93, Distinguished Younger Alumni Award
On Saturday evening, classes ending in 3 and 8 reunited to celebrate their reunions with parties hosted on campus and all over Portland. The class of ’83 even took a Catlin Gabel school bus to Utopia Vineyard in Newberg for an event hosted by classmate Bob Ward.

Farewell to Susie Greenebaum ’05, who has left Catlin Gabel’s alumni office to work at Nike. We all wish her the best!

—Owen Gabbert ’02 alumni board president 

Save the date!

Alumni & Homecoming Weekend 2014 will be celebrated October 10–11. Reunions will be held honoring classes ending in 4 and 9. If you would like to get involved with planning your reunion, please email

Alumni mingle at Blake clothing store in NW Portland during an event sponsored by owner Blake Neiman-Davis ’88 & the local alumni association. L to R: Blake Neiman-Davis ’88, Yvette Beaumont, Ben Schoenberg ’88

L to R: Sarah Shoemaker ’74, Trace Hancock ’96, Anna Campbell ’96 at Blake

Karen Vedvei Atiyeh ’43 and Julie Taylor Harnar ’58 greet each other at the reunion luncheon for classes of ’43–’58  

Catlin Gabel News, Winter 2014

Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller


The Oregonian published an opinion piece by Vicki Roscoe, head of the Lower School, about the importance of teaching and learning handwriting. . . . Officials from the U.S. Department of Education came to campus (left) as a result of Catlin Gabel’s recognition as a Green Ribbon School. They saw how the school excels in wellness, environmental education and impact, and STEM education. . . . Catlin Gabel hosted two regional robotics events, the Girls’ Generation and the Rookie Rumble, designed to raise awareness of and student confidence in science and engineering.


Stanford University’s Teacher Tribute Initiative recognized three Upper School teachers for their positive impact on Stanford first-year students: English teachers Leanne Moll and Ginia King, and history teacher and PLACE director George Zaninovich. . . . MS Mandarin teacher Li-Ling Cheng is co-author of Language through Culture, Culture through Language: A Framework for K-8 Mandarin Curriculum published by Peking University Press. . . . US math teacher Kenny Nguyen is a reviewer for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and also reviews manuscripts and conference proposals for the Journal for Mathematical Behavior, Cognition and Instruction; the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; and the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. . . . US history teacher and PLACE director George Zaninovich was selected for the Portland Art Museum’s education department teacher advisory council. . . . US English teacher Leanne Moll was an adjunct professor of education at Portland State University last summer and teaches online graduate-level curriculum, instruction, and reading courses for Read Oregon. . . . US history teacher Meredith Goddard presented at the Center for Geographic Education’s annual conference at PSU on student-centered strategies for teaching the geography of Afghanistan. . . . Fifth grade teaching assistant Katie Boehnlein published an article about 6th grade English teacher Carter Latendresse and Catlin Gabel’s beekeeping program in Clearing magazine.


A team of Upper School students won a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT grant, awarded to innovative student engineering projects nationwide. Their robotics project, “ScumBot,” addresses the realworld problem of algae and duckweed infestation in a central Oregon lake. They will travel to MIT’s EurekaFest in June.


The US cross country coaching team of Chris Skrapits, Dave Corkran, Anna Connor, and John Hamilton was collectively named district Coach of the Year. . . . Sandy Luu was named to the Oregon Athletic Directors Association executive committee and serves on committees of the National Athletic Directors Association.
Several students have won national recognition in their sports: Mahala Lambert ’24, taekwondo; Connor White ’21, Mo Duk Pai Kung Fu; Omeed Azari ’21, taekwondo; Adrienne Tam, swimming; Miguel Gachupin ’16, fencing; Luke Selliken ’16, kart racing; Ethan Hanson ’15, triathlon; and Elli Wiita ’15, synchronized swimming.

Oregon Book Award winner Willy Vlautin, author of The Motel Life, worked with US students in English and music

Annual Alumni Awards

Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller

Every year the Catlin Gabel alumni board recognizes former students for their life work and accomplishments. Through their unique contributions, these alumni embody the school philosophy “in qualities of character, intelligence, responsibility, and purpose.” The 2012–13 honorees were recognized during Alumni Weekend in September. 

Gretchen Corbett ’63

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored Gretchen Corbett ’63 with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for significant accomplishments in business or professional life. Gretchen is a well-known actress who has appeared in prominent roles in theater, film, and television.
Gretchen’s theater background includes major roles on and off Broadway, in Shakespeare festivals, and in notable regional theaters across the nation. Her career has been punctuated by her work in many iconic roles including Jeri in Kojak, Jessica Conroy in Columbo, Arlene in Gunsmoke, Glynis in Hawaii Five-O, and Beth Davenport in The Rockford Files.
Locally, Gretchen has performed for Portland Center Stage, Portland Playhouse, Third Rail Rep, and Sojourn Theatre, receiving numerous lead actress awards. Gretchen is also an award-winning director for her work with Reasons to be Pretty and Anse and Bhule, and acted as resident director for the ASK Theatre in Los Angeles. Gretchen founded and ran the Haven Project, a local nonprofit focused on pairing underserved children with professional actors to create original theater, for 10 years.
During Gretchen’s acceptance speech she spoke of English and theater teacher “Mrs. Jo,” Vivian Johannes: “She expected you to come in with a burning appetite to work on some scene or play or monologue. And these were not plays of light fare—these were Euripedes and Ugo Betti and some odd playwright named Constant Connaught, who, I found out later in my adult years, was Vivian herself. . . . I was taught that my passion was not only appreciated, it was a requirement for my success.”

Wick Rowland ’62

Distinguished Alumni Service Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored Wick Rowland ’62 with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award for extraordinary service to the community, state, nation, or the world.
Wick is a leader in public broadcasting and communications studies. Wick is longtime president and CEO emeritus of Colorado Public Television and has played many key roles in the development of public broadcasting and its stations and policies. He is also dean and professor emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Colorado–Boulder, and served as president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wick’s published works have focused on communications policy, public media, television violence debates, and the history of journalism and communication education. He received a BA in history from Stanford, an MA in communication from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois.
When asked to speak to Upper School students on life after Catlin Gabel and the path he took, Wick spoke of Manvel “Schauff” Schauffler’s enduring legacy and said, “After you graduate and over the years as you move on to other things, I hope you will remember this heritage and always celebrate it, just as those of us returning this weekend are doing.”

Amani Reed ’93

Distinguished Younger Alumni Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored Amani Reed ’93 with the Distinguished Younger Alumni Award, for high achievement in a profession or social service before the age of 40.
Amani is a leader in independent schools and progressive curriculum development. After Catlin Gabel, Amani attended Howard University and the University of Portland. He began his career in education at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his former Catlin Gabel mentor Roy Parker hired him as Summerbridge director. Amani worked at the school for six years, teaching, coaching soccer, working in admissions, and serving as diversity director. He went on to serve as assistant middle school head at Lakeside School in Seattle.
After completing his master’s in educational leadership from the Teachers College at Columbia University, Amani was hired as middle school principal at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. In 2012 Amani was appointed head of the School at Columbia University, leading 500 students and 130 faculty and staff members. Most recently, Amani successfully led the school through a major facilities renovation.
In accepting the award, Amani said, “As I thought about today, I focused on the time I spent at Catlin Gabel, and how this school has influenced my life as an educator. Important lessons were learned here about perseverance and belonging. . . . I rely on the leadership lessons learned from mentors like Roy Parker and Jim Scott and Lark Palma, who helped me understand what it means to truly care. I think about the community that found such strength in itself to bring a class together, that truly survived it all, and I think about what I might have become had I not had the opportunity to come to Catlin.”

Dave Corkran

Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award

The Catlin Gabel alumni board honored retired 35-year Upper School history teacher Dave Corkran with the Joey Day Pope ’54 Volunteer Award for a Catlin Gabel community member who personifies volunteerism within the community. The awardee is selected by a committee of alumni and faculty-staff. Dave is a leader in many arenas in the Catlin Gabel community, continuing to dedicate his time as a committed volunteer.
Dave graduated from Middlebury College and received his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Catlin Gabel faculty in 1968, and began coaching cross country and track in 1971. Ten years into retirement, Dave is still an enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer coach, and a vocal soccer fan. Coaches, players, and spectators often hear him imparting words of encouragement from the hill above Davis-Gant field.
In presenting the award, Len Carr ’75 said, “Dave has given generously and selflessly to the athletic program for 45 years. He has traveled thousands of miles across the state by school bus and has left his indelible mark on hundreds of athletes and students.” Dave has led 16 senior class environmental restoration trips to Mount Hood and 16 other senior trips around Oregon, and continues to go on freshman trips. He has been committed to the Elana Gold ’93 Memorial Environmental Restoration Project since its inception in 1991, leading Catlin Gabel students and alumni in more than 15,000 hours of volunteer work restoring degraded land and protecting sensitive riparian zones. In 2010 Dave accepted a Regional Forester’s Award from the Mt. Hood National Forest for the successful restoration work that has been done through the project.
Dave ended his acceptance speech noting, “The Colombian environmentalist and reformer Paolo Lugari says that if you are not dreaming you must be asleep. Thanks everyone, for helping me stay awake.”

The Class of 2013

Send by email
Their college destinations & awards
From the Winter 2014 Caller

Perla Alvarez
University of Oregon
Community service & Spanish awards
Valerie Balog
Colgate University
Mady Bennink
Linfield College
Will Bishop
University of Denver
Ceramics award
Ella Bohn
Brown University
English & French awards
Jamie Bonaparte
Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
Rahul Borkar
Oregon State University
Music award
Mpho Bowie-Molefe
Lehigh University
Maggie Boyd
New York University
Evan Brandaw
Gap year, College of Wooster
Kassi Carter-Howard
Santa Clara University
Brandon Chang
Boston University
Owen Chapman
Pomona College
Gabri Chodosh
Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
Casey Currey-Wilson
University of California, Berkeley
Spanish award
Audrey Davis
Tulane University
Marina Dimitrov
Stanford University
Science award
Abby Doctor
Smith College
Nicholas Elliott
Gap year
Jazz band award
Layla Entrikin
Tulane University
Flora Field
Scripps College
Allison Foltyn
Simon Fraser University
Technical theater & modern languages awards
Margaret Fossand
Occidental College
Emi Foster
Colgate University
Siobhan Furnary
Oberlin College
Anne Gilleland
Southern Methodist University
Tucker Gordon
Bowdoin College
Evan Hallmark
University of Southern California
Hannah Hay-Smith
Brown University
Mira Hayward
Harvard College
Jeremy Howard
Chapman University
Jazz band award
Cody Hoyt
Ithaca College
Pat Ehrman & media arts awards
Kanaiza Imbuye
Wesleyan University
Naomi Iverson
University of Colorado, Boulder
Science award
Ian Jones
Portland State University
Matthew Junn
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Visual arts award
Maya Kinley-Hanlon
American University
Ben Kiyasu
Tulane University
Thespis award
Zach Lewis
Gap year, New York University
Ellie Lezak
Oberlin College
Benji Lin
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ruth Lind
University of St. Andrews
David Lovitz
University of Puget Sound
Athletics award
Eve Lowenstein
Lewis & Clark College
Community service award
Trevor Luu
Illinois Wesleyan University
Alan Mayhew
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Japanese National Honor Society
Mairead McCarron
New York University
Keegan McCarthy
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ
Max Meyerhoff
Macalester College
School ring, Pat Ehrman & theater awards
Elizabeth Moore
Saint Louis University, Madrid
Modern languages award
Fiona Noonan
Stanford University
Conor Oliver
Colgate University
Tyler Quatraro
Whittier College
Christopher Reimann
Whitman College
Community service & outdoor leadership awards
Emma Ronai-Durning
Gap year, Middlebury College
Chinese award
Hannah Rotwein
Plan II Honors Program, University of Texas, Austin
Athletics & English awards
Rachel Savage
Wesleyan University
Creative writing award
Zoe Schlanger
Oberlin College
Will Schneiger
Gap Year, Colorado College
Ben Shmulevsky
University of Southern California
Lianne Siegel
Carleton College
Eli Skeggs
Oregon State University
Computer science award
Rachel Spiegel
Pitzer College
Japanese award
Curtis Stahl
George Washington University
Lawrence Sun
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Terrance Sun
Brown University
Devon Utter
George Washington University
Alexandra van Alebeek
Stanford University
Mark Van Bergen
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, AZ
Thespis & science awards
Maggie Weirich
Gap year, Stanford University
Allison Weston
George Washington University
Kenny Woods
University of Portland
Lauren Wu
University of Washington
Gene Yamamoto
University of Oregon
Jaime Yu
Whittier College
Koby Yudkin
Bates College
Not pictured: Spencer Immel, Portland State University, Japanese award

Creative Arts Center Opens With a Splash

Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller

The new Creative Arts Center opened officially in September with a celebration for the entire Catlin Gabel community. Alumni, students, parents, faculty-staff, and more came together to admire the beautiful new creative space and explore all its dimensions. The evening was capped by energetic student performances in the flexible black box theater, from Broadway song-and-dance numbers to classical violin music. Middle and Upper School students and teachers report that they are still thrilled every time they walk into this building and excited by the prospects it offers for collaboration.

Meet Catlin Gabel's New Head, Timothy Bazemore

posted in
Send by email

From the Winter 2014 Caller

By Steve Gordon, chair of the board of trustees
Lark Palma leaves Catlin Gabel this summer with an outstanding legacy and the respect and affection of a generation of students. I will miss Lark and wish her the best as she moves to the next chapter in her life—leaving mighty big shoes to fill.
On the recommendation of the diligent and hardworking search committee, the board in October appointed Timothy Bazemore as Catlin Gabel’s next head. We have complete confidence that Tim is precisely the right leader for the school. In all our talks with him, he has shown us without a doubt that he will continue Lark’s work establishing Catlin Gabel as one of the country’s premier independent, progressive schools, and that the school will flourish with him at the helm. The board and I are excited to work with Tim, and committed to promoting a seamless transition in the school’s leadership. Tim will begin his journey at Catlin Gabel on July 1, and I hope that all of you will welcome him to our extended community.
Tim has been the head of school at New Canaan Country School, a preschool–grade 9 coeducational school for 630 students in Connecticut, since 2000. He is a proven leader with invaluable experience as both a classroom teacher and an administrator in independent schools. He brings to Catlin Gabel wisdom, humanity, and an exceptional background in progressive education and commitment to our lasting values: diversity, sustainability, and innovation in the classroom.
“I am tremendously excited and honored to join the Catlin Gabel community next year,” wrote Tim. “During the search process, I was impressed by the energy, joy, and sense of purpose shared by everyone I met on campus. Under Lark Palma’s inspired leadership, the faculty and staff have created an extraordinary learning environment. I look forward to working in partnership with teachers and parents to ensure that every Catlin Gabel student benefits from a dynamic progressive education in the years ahead.” Lark and Tim have instituted monthly “leadership chats” that will continue all this year.
Tim wrote about his educational philosophy: “We believe that all children are competent and capable. We communicate confidence in their thinking and build relationships based on trust and encouragement. We design experiences that incorporate the information and skills students need with opportunities to develop resilience, creativity, and curiosity. We introduce students to new phenomena, situations, and concepts and ask them to think critically and take risks. We seek to create a wonderful tension, a dissonance between the known and unknown that leads to understanding. . . . “The best schools commit to creating a healthy and inclusive school community. They teach students how to collaborate with others in meaningful ways. They are explicit and intentional in fostering character skills and core values. I firmly believe that progressive education provides the most effective preparation for a future of innovation and opportunity. It is plausible, and essential, for education to be creative and experiential and rigorous and practical. I did not know this when I began my teaching career, but I do now. That is the future of education.”
Born and raised in Lewiston, New York, Tim earned a BA in history from Middlebury College and an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as a 6th–12th grade humanities teacher at Chestnut Hill Academy, a K–12 school of 550 students in Philadelphia, and moved from classroom teacher to director of middle and upper school admissions, then to head of the middle school. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Luke, 15, and Tyler, 23.