Eileen Christelow, Abbot Academy class of 1961, returned to campus in November 2018 to receive the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction, meet with art classes, and share her experiences creating children’s literature. Christelow is the author and illustrator of The Five Little Monkeysbooks, along with several other titles including Letters From a Desperate Dog and Vote!
In this episode of Every Quarter, Christelow discusses her career path, changes in the publishing industry, and how her dog, Emma, was once her muse. She is joined by Emily Goss, Oliver Wendell Holmes Children’s and Access Services Librarian.
How do we educate our society as it continually evolves?
The Institute for Recruitment of Teachers seeks to answer this question. Founded in 1990 by Kelly Wise, the IRT has a nearly 30-year history of producing social justice–minded educators in both K–12 and the professoriate.
In this episode of Every Quarter, we sit down with the LaShawnda Brooks, the new executive director of the IRT, and Jessica Acosta–Chavez ’06, IRT ’12, Phillips Academy’s associate director of admission and outreach. As an alumna of both the IRT and Phillips Academy, Acosta–Chavez is uniquely positioned to speak with Brooks around the history of the IRT, current needs in educating diverse populations, and new possibilities for the IRT.
As American demographics change, so does our need for educators. According to the Learning Policy Institute, people of color constitute nearly 40 percent of the population and 50 percent of our students.
Since the IRT’s founding in 1990, the percentage of K–12 educators of color has increased from 12 percent to 20 percent. Currently, more than 2,000 IRT alumni have received a Master’s degree and more than 330 IRT alumni have earned doctoral degrees.
You may not recognize the name Peter Chermayeff, but if you’ve ever lived in, or visited Boston you’ve probably experienced his work. Have you been to the Boston Aquarium and walked the spiral ramp along the central tank? Did you ride the T to get there and wonder why each line is colored the way it is? Well, Peter designed both of these Bay State projects and are just two of the topics he gets into on this very special episode of Every Quarter. He’s joined by his niece—filmmaker Maro Chermayeff, Class of 1980—and they discuss Peter’s early years at Andover, his circuitous career path, and how he became the preeminent aquarium architect in the world.
In this episode of Every Quarter, educator and alumna Tamar Szabó Gendler speaks with Andrew Housiaux, Currie Family Director of the Tang Institute, about the changing face of higher education and the responsibility institutions have in owning their histories. They also discuss Gendler’s experience with the Mellon Foundation’s New Directions program, wherein Gendler essentially became a full-time student at Yale during the 2009–2010 academic year, completing coursework in psychology, neuroscience, and statistics.
Gendler, Andover Class of 1983, also shares moments of nostalgia, recounting memories with the Jewish Students Union in Cochran Chapel, growing up as a faculty child, and how changing her focus from math to social sciences lead her to the path she is currently on. During her visit to campus in November, she was presented with the Andover Alumni Award of Distinction.
Jake Bean, Class of 2008, as raised with a deep respect for those who served their country. He knew he wanted to join the Navy and live a life of service. He comes from a military family and clearly saw his future in the armed forces. But growing up in Idaho, he had no clue about Andover or the path in which he’d take to become a Navy helicopter pilot.
In this episode of Every Quarter, Lieutenant Bean talks with Director of Communications Tracy Sweet about how he applied to Andover without his parents’ permission, the tough decision between Georgetown’s School of Foreign Services and the Naval Academy, and his deployments overseas, where he flies missions to support aircraft carriers, tactical operations, and at-sea medical rescues.
Talking Broadway musicals, her dream role, and who she’d invite to an Andover dinner party.
Never in her wildest dreams did Carrie St. Louis imagine that she would be attending her 10-year PA Reunion with three Broadway musicals under her belt.
Even as a child, St. Louis was a natural on stage, performing musical theater in a variety of classic roles in productions like Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music. A background in opera helped the hard-working actress find her way to the big stage remarkably fast. In 2014, just a couple years out of college, St. Louis auditioned for the original Las-Vegas based production of Rock of Ages, and landed the lead role of Sherrie Christian. From there, she scored what she excitedly calls a “dream role,” playing Glinda in the smash hit Wicked.
We caught up with St. Louis on campus while she was reconnecting with friends and Andover family at her 10th Reunion. She recounted her time spent at PA, shared some valuable lessons learned, and a bit of insight along her journey in carving out a spotlight on Broadway. This year, she can be seen stepping into the role of Lauren in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots. She is a member of Andover’s Class of 2008.
2020 marks the 100-year anniversary of the 19th amendment, and yet still voting and voter’s rights remain one of the most vital issues facing our democracy. As a newly appointed Mellon-Schlesinger Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, Corinne T. Field is looking at the intersectionality between this historical milestone and women in America by exploring the closely intertwined roots of race and age segregation in American feminism.
Field is an assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality at the University of Virginia and a member of Andover’s Class of 1983.
Episode 20: George Smith, Jr. ’83
For the past three decades, George Smith Jr., Class of 1983, has specialized in covering the intersection of sports and society. While at ESPN in the 2000’s Smith was the go-to reporter on breaking stories like Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault case, Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring, and the Duke Lacrosse investigation.
In this episode of Every Quarter, Smith looks back on his broadcast journalism career and the evolution of the business with Director of Communication Tracy Sweet. He recounts how he started off in the field, why social media has changed the game and theorizes an approach to a potential on-camera interview with elusive fellow alum and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick ’71.