What a joy it was to see so many of you at Friday’s Spring Program! Following our v-e-r-y long winter, your children provided a delightful breath of fresh air and shower of color to all of us. Many thanks to Ms. Eunice and Ms. Alison for, once again, creating and providing a memorable celebration for us all. As I announced on Friday, Ms. Eunice will be retiring from Lake Tahoe School at the end of this school year to spend more time with her grandchildren. We will long be indebted to her for the expertise, passion, and vision with which she has transformed our music program. A national search for her replacement is already underway. Ms. Eunice leaves big shoes to fill. I am happy to report the candidates seem to have big feet, as it were.
Schools are always in transition, and this is the time when we learn of those who are making changes in their lives. Also leaving us this year are Jennifer Branchflower, Jeff Seaton, and Sophie Bush. Each, in her or his own way, has contributed significant gifts to our school community. Jeff will be departing at the beginning of June to follow his wife, Jillian, back to the Boston area. We should all be grateful for the detailed work he has done in our business office. Those who have worked directly with Jeff recognize he is a compassionate man with a deep level of expertise.
I hired Jennifer Branchflower three years ago to create the 7th & 8th grade Humanities curriculum. “Ms. B” came to us from Alaska and is going to continue her move eastward, where much of her family is. Under her thoughtful tutelage, our middle school students have become engaged in activities designed to underscore critical thinking. As a couple of 8th graders informed me a bit ago, they love humanities because they can no longer just take notes and memorize dates or a teacher’s opinions; they have to figure things out for themselves. Jen has also served the school and our students as Nordic and Cross Country coach. Like Ms. Eunice, she has big shoes to fill. In response to my recent job posting, my inbox has been overflowing with applicants from around the world, literally. LTS has an excellent – and well-earned – reputation.
Miss Sophie, who stepped in to fill an unexpected PreK vacancy in the fall, is electing to homeschool their son, Kayden, next year. We all know Sophie to be one of the most cheerful, helpful teachers imaginable. She has worked with our Happylanders with great patience and insight. We will miss both her and Kayden.
It is easy to take for granted the myriad elements of Lake Tahoe School that culminate in memorable celebrations like Friday’s program. When you see them, please take a moment to give a special thanks to those who are leaving