Learn more about Shipley's Educational Horticulture program from Coordinator of Educational Horticulture and Associate Director of College Counseling, Sarah Sterling, on Wednesday, November 16, in a webinar presented by the Florida Horticulture for Health Network.
In the two decades since he attended Shipley with the benefit of tuition assistance, Neal Regino ’03 has made a positive impact in multiple ways. After his best friend, Will Trippley ’02, was killed by a stray bullet, Neal co-founded a nonprofit foundation benefiting children in his memory. He has also served the School in many ways, most significantly as President of the Alumni Council and member of the Board of Trustees.
Jenny Rieg Gellert ’99 attended Shipley for 12 years. While she was a student, she served as captain of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, was Yearbook Editor, and served on the social committee. After graduating from Trinity College, Jenny taught at schools in New York City and the Philadelphia suburbs for 13 years.
Middle School STEAM teacher John Harris thrives on the moments when information becomes crystallized in a student’s mind: “It could be any subject, any day, any project, but it’s rewarding to see them become confident enough to then teach that knowledge to someone else.” An engineer before he came to Shipley, Mr. Harris's background informs his everyday interactions with students. Learn more about Mr. Harris.
As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Keiki Capital, Dan Lichtenberg ’99 marries his technical and financial expertise with his passion for developing creative solutions to global problems—global warming and climate change, food and water insecurity, income and wealth inequality—and transforming data into actionable intelligence.
Shipley is proud to announce the publication of three critically acclaimed books by alumnae authors, including Echoes from Wuhan: The Past as Prologue by Gretchen Dykstra ’66, Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Kirby Dark ’71, and Roll Red Roll by Nancy Schwartzman ’93.
Head of School Michael G. Turner shares a selection of the comments he gave to the community at convocation to kick off an incredible year of learning, growing, and coming together to celebrate School and one another.
I love the feeling that the start of a new school year brings—the sense of possibility, the excitement, the hope (in some cases, the nerves). This year, that feeling is especially poignant because it feels, dare we say normal. Though challenges still exist, we have learned so much about how to live with COVID. As a result, and following a summer that emphasized having an actual summer, we begin the 2022-23 school year with what can best be described as a pre-pandemic sense of normalcy. This year, we are really going back to school.
In an era of polarized politics, social media echo chambers, and growing national division, teaching students how to respectfully challenge and discuss differing points of view is more important than ever. Using the Harkness Method as a form of assessment is one way that Shipley teachers are helping students learn how to engage in civil discourse—a skill in short supply these days.
The Interpreting Data for Art Installation course combined iterative design with data collection and analysis. Upper School teachers Wendy Eiteljorg ’86, Tania O’Donnell, and Elizabeth Zodda instructed students how to use data on multiple levels to interpret the world around them. For the class's final project, students chose to address climate change for their large-scale multi-media exhibit.
Some of our most memorable experiences as students are the ones teachers curate for us outside of the classroom. After two years of COVID restrictions, Shipley students and their teachers ventured out into the world during the 2021-2022 school year. Scroll through a slideshow of images from some of the trips.
Developing a global perspective is one of the goals of a Shipley education. Students learn about other cultures in their academic courses and through a number of extracurricular opportunities. In spite of limitations to global travel due to COVID, Shipley was able to expand Global Programs and bring the world to our students through exciting opportunities on campus.
Even before COVID and the socio-political tumult of recent years, teachers nationwide expressed concerns over burnout, ongoing political and social pressures, and meeting the increasing demands beyond academics. We asked: Has COVID irrevocably changed teaching? What training will help new teachers succeed in the current landscape? What does the future of teaching hold? Our panel weighs in on these questions & more.
From the Summer/Fall 2022 Shipley Magazine: The Middle School STEAM program has undergone incredible expansion in recent years. The growing program allows students to explore their creativity as they learn how to operate new tools and technologies. STEAM teacher John Harris is excited about the future, and with good reason. Learn a little more about what's happening in Middle School STEAM.
A firm believer that “talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not,” Meghan Stevenson-Krausz ’08 has dedicated her young but impactful career to providing opportunity through impact investing to underrepresented people and financially underserved communities across the globe. Since October 2019, she has helped Inca Ventures invest $2 million in 17 companies based in the Andean region.
Nationally syndicated cartoonist, author, and motivational speaker Robb Armstrong ’81 has been busy this year, with announcements of a CBS sitcom, $200,000 in endowments to two Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Syracuse University's Arents Award.
Congratulations to Director of Choirs, Carlos Casilla, for receiving The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Outstanding Young Conductor Award, which recognizes the efforts of a new or aspiring choral director who, in their first 3 to 5 years of experience has already demonstrated outstanding leadership or musicianship in the field of choral music.
The Shipley Sprouts, Shipley's Upper School horticulture club, won two second-place awards at the 2022 Philadelphia Flower Show for their Tablescape exhibit. In addition, students in the Upper School STEAM Department won third and second-place awards for their Garden Gate exhibit.
The Shipley School is proud to announce that Don Draper has been appointed as Director of Tennis. In his capacity as Director of Tennis, Don will oversee the growth, continuity, and strategic vision for tennis at Shipley.
In February 2021, Shipley’s Black Alumni Association (BAA) set out to raise $100,000 in order to establish the Black Alumni Association Endowment Fund at Shipley, in support of the curricular and cultural needs of current Black students and teachers. With the support of the Shipley community and the tremendous leadership of Hakiem Coles ’07, the BAA and Shipley proudly announce that the goal of $100,000 has been met and exceeded by 30%!
Originally published in the May 2022 issue of the Upper School student newspaper, The Beacon, this article shares insights from All School President Griffin Chulik ’22 about his student government experience and some final thoughts as he departs from the Shipley community and prepares to head off to college in the fall.
Helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses is an essential goal for any educator guiding them on the path to success. This is especially important in sixth grade, as students make the transition from elementary to middle school. One cornerstone of the sixth grade SEED curriculum is having students explore their own learning styles and apply this knowledge to forming relationships.
On Thursday, May 26 the Upper School held its annual Closing Awards Ceremony. During this ceremony, Shipley recognized the outgoing and incoming student leadership officers and presented students with academic, athletic, and leadership awards.
Shipley's Middle School Latin students took the 2022 National Latin Examination with over 100,000 students from around the world. An impressive 26 students earned Latin Award prizes and recognition for excellence. Middle School Latin students also competed in The Philadelphia Classical Society's 83rd Annual Latin Week Competition - Traditional Artistry & Literary Projects on Classical themes. A total of 55 Middle School students won Latin Awards and recognition for excellence.
The Shipley School is proud to announce the appointment of Harry Green as the School’s new Director of Track and Field. This new position will oversee all running programs. Coach Green will be Head Coach of the Varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field teams and the Cross Country team.
What do Coke and Pepsi have to do with statistics? The seniors in Matt Frankel’s interdisciplinary statistics class can tell you! After studying the statistical problem-solving process all year, students ran a large study with 300 subjects to see if they could differentiate between Coke and Pepsi with a greater accuracy than random guessing would provide.
Shipley Middle School science teacher Ace Schwarz has been selected to participate in its 2022 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmarks of American History Workshop, The Space Age on the Space Coast. "I am hoping to bring back what I learn so we can really develop the space exploration aspect of our curriculum," commented Mx. Schwarz.
The Shipley School is proud to announce that after an extensive search, Eva Winiarski has been named Head Varsity Girls' Lacrosse Coach. She brings a wealth of teaching, playing, and coaching experience to Shipley, most recently as the Assistant Lacrosse Coach and Defensive Coordinator at The McDonough School in Maryland. In the classroom, Eva will join Shipley’s exceptional English Department as an Upper School teacher.
The Margaret Bailey Speer Award was awarded to Linda Powell Solomon ’77, M.D. on April 29, 2022 in recognition of her work to blaze the trail and support minority students in their pursuit of careers in science and to make these fields more accessible and equitable. Learn more about Linda and her impact.
On April 29, 2022, Kathleen "Chou-Chou" Ridder Crampton ’62 received Shipley's Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of her role as a leader in the healthcare industry and for her dedication to making a difference in the lives of others through her efforts with the Women's League of Voters and the National Popular Vote.
On April 29, 2022, Hakiem "Hak" Coles ‘07 received Shipley's Alumni Service Award in recognition of his steadfast commitment to helping Shipley create a fully culturally sustaining and inclusive environment through the development of a named endowed fund to support experiences aimed at educating students about American history and culture through the lens of African-American contributions.
On April 29, 2022, Molly Cyphers Berry ‘02 received Shipley's Young Alumni Award in recognition of her diligent pursuit of excellence in her career with Sotheby's Auction House. The award is given to alumna or alumnus who has graduated within the preceding twenty years and demonstrates innovation, curiosity, and creativity in the pursuit of excellence in a particular field.
On April 24, 2022, three groups of Shipley’s Upper School students presented research at a roundtable presentation of the Student Participatory Action Research Collaboration (SPARC). “Our students were passionate, thorough, confident, and genuinely enthusiastic about their research topics,” said student advisor and Shipley’s Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Sheri Rider Jobe.
Shipley’s Middle School and Upper School Science Olympiad teams participated in the Southeast Pennsylvania Science Olympiad Tournament. Combined, the teams earned 18 medals and qualified for the State tournament.
Middle School is a time of physical and emotional growth and transformation, but the process that each child goes through is uniquely beautiful, messy, and complex. Through conversations in sixth grade SEED, teacher and Middle School counselor Lindsay Fick hopes that her students learn to acknowledge that for themselves and build the skills to accept it when it comes to others—a powerful lesson in viewpoint diversity.
The Shipley School’s DEI Strategic Plan goal 3 is to ensure an equitable experience for all members of the community. One initiative of that goal is to create and support affinity spaces for students, colleagues, families, and alumni. Affinity spaces speak to the efforts of not just ensuring equitable experiences, but also creating experiences that foster belonging in our community. Learn more about our efforts to create these spaces.
In 2021, the Shipley Black Alumni Association (BAA) set the goal of raising $100,000 to establish an endowed fund at Shipley to support experiences aimed at educating students about American history and culture through the lens of African-American contributions. By the end of Black History Month 2022, the results are impressive: $55,170 given by 116 donors.
Looking for diverse texts to read for either yourself or your child(ren)? Shipley's Librarians are here to help with a heaping helping of books to satisfy your literary appetite. Get a list of recommended books for middle school, young adult, and adult books, compiled by Shipley's Library Director Liz Cousins.
Shipley's Director of Rowing, Scott Gavin-Wisniewski discusses the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the sport of rowing and how Shipley's Rowing Academy is working to counteract that. The program's strategic partnership with Philadelphia City Rowing (PCR) both informs how we advance DEI within Shipley's program, while also advancing equity in the broader Philadelphia community through our support of their efforts.
Shipley’s youngest students partner in sustainability through hands-on science lessons in the natural environment, including Shipley's decade-long partnership with the Lower Merion Conservancy, in which fifth grade students collect and analyze water samples of the local Mill Creek. Learn more about how learning comes to life in Lower School science.
Building connections with French students not only helps Shipley's middle schoolers on their path to developing language fluency, but also fulfill's the School’s mission of preparing them to become responsible global citizens by expanding their curiosity about different cultures. Learn more about the Middle School French pen pal program.
The Middle School science program emphasizes experiential learning—from animals in the classroom, to outdoor observations—inspiring students to take meaningful action beyond the classroom. Learn more about how teachers use hands-on activities to help students learn and inspire them.
Shipley boys' soccer coach and PE teacher Thom Schauerman has led the Gators to 10 Friends Schools League Championship victories during his time at the School. Learn more about Coach Schauerman and his coaching philosophy in this Q&A.
Students in John Hornung's ninth grade English class spend the year exploring what it means to be an "outsider." The first book he assigns is Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere. Students create a visual self portrait and submit a written reflection on how they see themselves and how others see them. The exercise helps Mr. Hornung get to know his students and help them connect with the significance of inclusion.
Before joining Shipley as the Head of Middle School in 2013, Shane Kinsella spent the first 15 years of his career teaching in a single-sex school. "Having taught in both single-sex and coed environments, there is no one modality of learning that works best for a single gender," he says. Dr. Kinsella sees many benefits to learning and teaching in a school that is inclusive of all genders. Read his reflection to learn more.
Twenty-seven members of Shipley's DECA chapter participated in the annual DECA State Career Development Conference on February 17 at The Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Of those participants, nine students placed in the top spots and qualified for the International Conference.
Shipley's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion asked members of the Shipley community who identify as Black or African American what their race/ethnicity means to them, why Black History Month is important, and what are their hopes for the future.
I have often described Shipley as a school that is both incredibly accomplished and that possesses great potential. It’s reasonable to ask, how can a school be both rooted in its mission and values and committed to change? The simple answer is that Shipley has always been driven to do what is best for its students and to prepare them for the world...
In October 2021, Brianna Ross ’10 was named the 2021-22 Maryland Teacher of the Year. Ross feels the award sends an important message to the students of color who she teaches. In addition to serving as a living example of excellence in her students' lives, she is increasing representation in her district's history curriculum through some of her work as an equity liaison. Learn more about the positive impact Brianna Ross '10 is making.
Shipley’s mission compels us to inspire in students a compassionate participation in the world. We asked a few Shipley alumni who work in education how else schools can make a positive impact in the world. Read their responses in this Q&A.
Shipley’s move to coeducation was a difficult transition on a number of fronts—from attracting boys to a formerly all-girls’ school to convincing faculty and alumnae that it was in the School’s best interest. Here are reflections from some of the people who shaped and lived through the early days of coeducation at Shipley.
In October 2021, Shipley alumna Carla Zambelli Mudry '81 had the pleasure of attending Church Farm School's parents' weekend festivities, which included a presentation by her friend, classmate, and nationally syndicated cartoonist Robb Armstrong '81, as well as the presentation of the school's CFS medal to three Shipley alumnae, Stacey Shreiner Kley ’74, Caroline “Cackie” Buck Rogers ’73, and Cannie Crysler Shafer ’74.
After 77 years as an all-girls’ school, Shipley’s Board of Trustees approved coeducation in 1971—a watershed moment in the School’s history. In this collection of articles, we examine the origins of the decision, share reflections of the people who shaped and experienced the transition, and explore coeducation today.
After 77 years as an all-girls’ school, Shipley’s Board of Trustees approved coeducation in 1971—a watershed moment in the School’s history. In this article, Shipley historian Trina Vaux '63 examines the origins of that decision, as well as some of the challenges that Shipley faced in making the transition.
Shipley's Philly Math League team, made up of ten Upper School students, completed their season with a 6-3 record and finished second in the League standings. "This is a highly motivated group of students who embraces challenge and cooperation,” commented team coach Dr. Joachim Rebholz. Learn more about the team's impressive performance.
As Founder and Director of CREDO, the Center for Research on Education Outcomes, Margaret “Macke” Raymond ’72 is on a mission to improve the evidence around which education policies and programs produce the best outcomes for K-12 public school students. Raymond says her experiences at Shipley played a formative role in her career, which she has spent trying to emulate the strengths of Shipley's educational model.
For Dave Samson '95, seeing his mother’s love for learning was a huge factor in setting him on the path to a career in education—as was the influence of many of his teachers at Shipley. As Head of Upper School at Brookwood School in Massachusetts, Samson places great emphasis on restorative practices that encourage growth and building community over punitive discipline.
Caleb Balderston ‘06 joined Teach for America, teaching math in Chicago public charter schools. Working mainly with low-income students of color, it was there that Balderston developed his passion for equity in education. As high school principal at Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School in Massachusetts he is explicit in his focus on identity work and global citizenship, in addition to academic mastery.
In April 2022, artist Peter Makela ’04 will travel to Nepal as a Fulbright Scholar. He’ll spend 10 months in the Kathmandu Valley pursuing his project, “The Radiant Emptiness of Space: Madhyamaka and Contemplative Perception,” while studying Madhyamaka philosophy at Rangjung Yeshe University, the world’s preeminent English-speaking Buddhist university. Learn more about Makela and his work.
In the fall of 2021, Ashleigh Gundy ’18 was named the inaugural winner of the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Tina Sloan Green Award, which recognizes teams or individuals working to promote equity and inclusion.
Shipley’s Middle School Science Olympiad teams participated in the 4th Annual Eagle Invitational at Mountain View Middle School in Mechanicsburg, PA on February 12. Combined, the teams finished with a team-record eight medals and Team A earned a 7th place finish out of 36 teams from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Shipley's head field hockey coach Leila “Avery” Safford ’12 was a standout student-athlete while attending Shipley and the University of Richmond, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. Learn more about Coach Safford and what it's like to coach at her high school alma mater in this Q&A.
Shipley's Director of Athletic Performance and Physical Education Teacher, Sergio Jackson, says "We all have an opportunity to focus on positive things like being empathetic to one another’s circumstances or open to one another’s ideas, thoughts, and beliefs." Learn more as he talks about having a positive attitude, his life experiences, and what he loves about his culture.
On Valentine's Day, 10th graders participated in a “speed dating” activity in class using a deck of cards with “what would you do” boundary-setting scenarios exploring healthy boundaries in relationships. "The goal is for students to identify and practice healthy behaviors, boundary-setting skills, and consent in their relationships with themselves and others," said Jamie O'Leary, a SEED (Shipley's social emotional learning program) teacher.
Shipley international student Amber Feng '24 reflects on her involvement with the Asian Student Alliance to plan and execute an Upper School Assembly in celebration of Lunar New Year. "For Chinese students, introducing our culture in the environment we go to everyday really enhances our sense of belonging," she shares.
Shipley junior Henry Terlevich ’23 received a Silver Key Award for his poem, “Rosh Hashanah,” in the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, presented by Philadelphia Writing Project. Henry’s poem was recognized by a panel of creative professionals as the most outstanding work submitted by a group of his peers. Learn more about Henry, his interest in writing and service, and how Shipley has pushed Henry to challenge himself.
Guided by the idea that we are all writers, teachers in Shipley’s Lower School find creative ways to impart different forms of narrative expression to the School’s youngest learners, who engage with different forms of writing across disciplines from PreK through fifth grade. Learn more about how Shipley's youngest students learn to write in a learning environment optimized for personal growth.
The younger you can expose children to coding, the better, believes Lower School technology coach Debra Finger. That’s why she begins teaching students the fundamentals of coding in first grade. In addition to learning algorithmic thinking and how to solve a problem step-by-step, introducing coding at such a young age helps students build perseverance, patience, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
In Magistra Anne Smith’s class, learning Latin is as much about conjugating verbs as it is about building curiosity and creativity. The seventh grade’s Latin Cena dinner menu project perfectly encapsulates this ethos—stoking students’ curiosity through the rigorous research of ancient Latin recipes and developing their creativity through the artistic presentation of authentic Roman specialties at an imaginary dinner party.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.