The Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner was held on Friday, April 26. Each year, employees gather together to celebrate Fessenden’s mission, the quality of the School’s work, and the value of the relationships within the community. Head of School Steve Armstrong awarded 14 employees with faculty and staff prizes and recognized two members of the community for their service of 25 years each to Fessenden.
In Steve’s opening remarks, he noted, “You will often hear me comment that this school is all about the students—all about the boys.” He added, “But, it is the faculty and staff who make this place work. You bring the Ciongoli Center for Innovation to life, greet the boys curbside every morning, and pick them up when they fall down at recess. You are the ones who make boarding weekends so interesting and exciting, who guide boys to find passion in the arts, and who help them with the quadratic equation and Spanish vocabulary.”
Finally, Steve highlighted, “We have incredible facilities and a top-notch program, but all of you make this place tick. In celebrating a few of our colleagues this evening, we celebrate all of our collective efforts on behalf of all students at this school.”
Faculty and Staff Award and Prize Recipients:
The M&M Award was presented to Second Grade Teacher Katie Baum to fund her participation in “Designing Learning Environments in a Social World” at the Boston College Lynch School of Education, and to Fourth Grade Teacher Marjie Hendrick to fund her participation in the Embodied Positive Psychology Summit at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
The Schlager Award was presented to Learning Resources Skills Teacher Lisa Gresser in order to support the pursuit of her Math Specialist Certificate from Cambridge College.
The Rita Edelman Prize was presented to Second Grade Teacher Marcie Howard, who best cultivates the values of honesty, compassion, and respect in her students.
The Marilyn Shaughnessy Staff Award was presented to Lower School Division Assistant Sally Smart and Buildings and Grounds Staff Member Ray Dunn, who carry out their jobs without fanfare while showing unflagging dedication to the School.
The Gregory L. Palandjian Award was presented to Upper School Math Teacher Maura Chapman, who encourages and inspires students to achieve to the full extent of their capabilities through hard work and determination while adhering to a solid code of values.
The Grandparents’ Award was presented to Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment Mbakwe Okafor, who extends his responsibilities far beyond the walls of the classroom and selflessly assumes the role of surrogate parent, big brother or sister, friend, advisor, and mentor.
The Wheeler Family Award was presented to Upper School Spanish Teacher Victor Llacuna, who in his daily interactions encourages and teaches boys to be good citizens as well as good students and shows by example the real impact of the Fessenden values of honesty, compassion, and respect.
The Conway Family Award was presented to Language Department Chair, Upper School Spanish Teacher, and Hyde II Dorm Parent Megan Leahy, who best embodies the mission of The Fessenden School by helping boys develop their individual potential through multiple mentoring relationships.
The H. Joachim von der Goltz Prize was presented to Director of the Ciongoli Center for Innovation Curt Lewellyn, who shows an exceptional level of teaching and best exemplifies the qualities of a Fessenden master teacher.
The Jeffrey Stevenson Residential Life Award was given to Memorial Hall Dorm Parents Lila and Krishen Bhan, who fulfill the roles of dorm parents, advisors, mentors, leaders, and friends. Lila is also an English teacher in the Upper School. Their devotion to the School helps to create an environment where Fessenden boys feel at home.
Head of School Armstrong also recognized Lisa Gresser, as well as Middle School Latin Teacher and Wellness Coordinator Stacey Smalley for their 25 years of service each to The Fessenden School. They join the esteemed group of current employees who have served the School for more than 25 years.
Fessenden faculty and staff who have served the School for 25 or more years:
- 51 years:
- 35-44 years:
- Spider Alton – 36 years
- Frank Bradley – 36 years
- Jean-Guy Poirier – 36 years
- Dan Kiley – 37 years
- Jack Lyons – 38 years
- Rosalie Lyons – 38 years
- Lilia Viveiros – 39 years
- Nicholas Francese – 39 years
- Stephen Cincotta – 44 years
- 26-35 years
- Mike Hanick – 26 years
- Dave DiPietro – 29 years
- Sandy Norian – 29 years
- Jamie Ames – 31 years
- Pete Sanderson – 31 years
- Sue Sanderson – 31 years
- Caleb Thomson – 31 years
- Bob Pacitto – 32 years
- John Sostilio – 32 years
- Marie St. Germain – 32 years
- Deb Bilello – 34 years
- Mark Hansen – 34 years
- Ken Howe – 34 years
- Robin Leonard – 34 years
- Ray Dunn – 35 years
- Ken Miller – 35 years
- 25 years
- Lisa Gresser – 25 years
- Stacey Smalley – 25 years