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WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE: English teacher’s novel gets real as he’s ‘going to the desert after this’

Quin LaComb, Print Copy Editor
July 2, 2017 • 247 views
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"Going to the desert after this.” This six-word autobiography may have been written for a fictional character, but English teacher Ron Bell seems to be living up to what he wrote five years ago. After teaching at Country Day for 18 years, Bell has decided to retire to explore different places, write poetry and continue past writing projects, the main one be...

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Art teacher Patricia Kelly retiring to pursue art, travel after 13 years of laughter, innovation, inspiration

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief
June 21, 2017 • 295 views
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After 13 years of expanding Country Day’s visual art programs with her new, colorful ideas, Patricia Kelly is retiring. Kelly taught middle- and high-school studio art, middle-school ceramics and AP Studio Art. She was also the planner of the seventh-grade Renaissance Faire and of a cerami...

‘Uncle Dan’ says goodbye after 44 years

‘Uncle Dan’ says goodbye after 44 years

Mehdi Lacombe, Reporter
June 17, 2017 • 395 views
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After 44 years teaching history, 31 years teaching AP European History, 24 years as dean of students, a year teaching abroad in England and one  year as the AP coordinator, Daniel Neukom will retire this year. Neukom said he has been planning his retirement for a few years. “Too many peop...

Baird leaves legacy of skits, stories, holiday traditions during 15 years teaching history

Baird leaves legacy of skits, stories, holiday traditions during 15 years teaching history

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
June 5, 2017 • 299 views
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After 15 years of humorous anecdotes, memorable graduation skits and the unusual holiday “Bairdmas,” teacher Bruce Baird is retiring. Baird taught sophomore world cultures, junior U.S. history and senior World War II history. Senior Christian Van Vleck, who took Baird’s world cultures class and is currently taking his World War I...

Six teachers’ plans for retirement range from researching Native Americans to volunteering at the MIND Institute

Six teachers’ plans for retirement range from researching Native Americans to volunteering at the MIND Institute

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
February 10, 2017 • 4,558 views
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For many, this year seems like the end - and the beginning - of an era. AP European History teacher Daniel Neukom, director of admission Lonna Bloedau, English teacher Ron Bell, history teacher Bruce Baird, AP Studio Art teacher Patricia Kelly and lower-school teacher Anita Kassel would agree. They all have announce...