Back to Class: They’re Taking Notes, Writing and Presenting, too!

WMS faculty and administrators prove their commitment to life-long learning and professional development.

It has been a busy fall for The White Mountain School community on campus and off! At a recent Morning Meeting, Dean of Academics Shane MacElhiney thanked students for their dedication and efforts during the first few months of school. Teachers shared in the hard work, and they’ve been doing some homework, too. This fall twelve teachers and administrators participated in, presented at, or organized professional conferences in their fields. 

One of those conferences, a solar energy forum, was held right here on campus. Lizzie Aldrich, Ph.D, Director of Sustainability Studies helped to organize the event, along with the Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team. WMS offered tours of the solar energy facilities on campus, talked about the planning of the large solar array that is under installation on the top of the Houghton Arts Center and provided resources and information through presentations by the students in our own Climate and Energy course. 

Lizzie’s husband, Ryan Aldrich, Director of College Counseling attended the annual conference for the National Association of College Admission Counselors earlier this fall, and will soon be visiting colleges and universities in the New York area.

Head of School Tim Breen returned recently from a NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation visit at Hebron Academy, where he was vice-chair of the accreditation team, and he is off now at an annual meeting with other heads of schools. Dean of Academics Shane MacElhiney will soon attend an ISANNE event for academic leaders, and Associate Head of School Nate Snow is headed to the annual TABS conference in Washington DC, where he will speak on supporting transgender students. 

Director of Technology Ben Moss made his way to Space Week in Texas this October, where among other things, he met Space Shuttle Commander Rick Searfoss, rubbed elbows with a developer of the Spitzer Space Telescope and caught up with our very own, Andy Hirschfeld ’11, a student at St. Edward’s University. 

Other travels took WMS sport climbing coach Spencer Hastings, to a route setting program out west this week. He hopes to return ready to put his new skills to work on the Beverly Selinger Buder Climbing Wall right away!

Brad D’Arco, Director of Admission, served as a panelist and moderator at three TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) conferences in China and Vietnam last month. Sarah Catlin, Director of Financial Aid made her way to the National Association of Independent Schools conference on financial aid. She and wife, Jen Willis, Director of the Learning Center, then met up and represented WMS at the International Educational Consultants Association conference.

Julie Yates, Director of Development & Alumnae/i, for the third year in a row, helped with the planning and organizing of the annual ISANNE (Independent Schools Association of Northern New England) Conference on Advancement and Communications at the Mount Washington Hotel, where she also served as a discussion group leader. Linda D’Arco, Director of Communications, co-presented “How to Survive and Thrive in a Small Communications Shop at the ISANNE conference, where she shared tips and ideas for improving small schools’ marketing reaches with knowledge WMS has gained from our work this year with John McDougall ’87 of McDougall Interactive.

It’s been an impressive semester of sharing news of our School and learning from others. The White Mountain School has certainly been well-represented both at home and on the road!

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