Fessenden Grandparents Award
Each year, Fessenden employees are celebrated for their commitment to the School through endowed awards presented at the Head of School Recognition event which highlights distinguished service or professional achievement. One of these highly regarded awards is the Grandparents Award. Established in 1985 by current grandparents at that time, the Grandparents Award recognizes a teacher or a staff member who extends responsibilities far beyond the walls of the classroom and selflessly assumes the role of surrogate parent, big brother or sister, friend, advisor, or mentor to the students in their care. Below is a list of Grandparents Day recipients and remarks from the past five years. These remarkable individuals helped to bring out the best in each of your grandsons and our community.
2022 - Kathleen Brophy, Lower School Art
Kathleen is a creative and energetic educator who inspires the boys with the message that they can do anything. She leads with humor and warmth, and engages the boys by offering a wide variety of carefully-researched and selected projects, making the imagined possible.
2021 - Maggie Amorello, Grade 5 English
Maggie is a true professional who takes great care in setting clear and fair expectations for all of her students. She understands the importance of taking the time to learn about each of her students to ensure their success in the classroom.
2020 - Lauren Maiurano, Center for Innovation Coach
Lauren is a talented teacher who is able to connect with a wide range of students from Pre-K to Grade 9. She is dedicated to creating a collaborative and creative environment for the boys to enhance their educational journey.
2019 - Mbakwe Okafor, Assistant Director of Admissions
Mbakwe is a caring and thoughtful mentor to those boys he interacts with on a daily basis. As a member of the Admissions team, he is able to make true connections with families and their sons, lasting the entire tenure of their Fessenden experience.
2018 - Judy Gobbi, Assistant Director of Residential Life
Judy ensures that boys feel comfortable and cared for during their boarding experience at Fessenden. A thoughtful and intuitive mentor, she is always looking out for the best interest of each of the boys in her care.
2017 - Lila Bhan, Upper School English, Memorial Dorm Parent
Warm, welcoming, and thoughtful, boys are drawn to Lila and her caring nature. The connections that Lila has with the students in her classroom and dormitory are lifelong, and she inspires all that she meets to enjoy the process and journey of their education.