Director of Communications and Alumni
Once upon a time, I was a high school teacher. When my former students graduated and left school at 17 or 18, usually they returned for reunions as older versions of themselves–filled out more, a bit grayer perhaps, but the faces for the most part were recognizable. This is not the case for Elisabeth Morrow teachers, as I witnessed yesterday at our first Young Alumni Luncheon. For them, their former students usually leave as children and return as, well, big people! Yesterday, it seemed many former students were almost unrecognizable without name tags.
If there is one thing all teachers share it is the incredible take-away we get from such events. For the Alums who attend, these events are a great time as you reconnect with old friends. For teachers, hearing your stories, hearing about how you're making your way in the world, pursuing your great adventure–let's just say there are few greater validations in our profession than learning that you have grown into happy and healthy people, walking a path or your choosing. For many of us who have made education our career, seeing you "achieve" really is thanks enough.
As for yesterday's event, we had a great turnout and, Young Alums, it was our privilege to have hosted you. I enjoyed watching you connect with former classmates and teachers. Thanks again for coming and we hope to see you again next year when we do this again. Best of luck to you all.
PS: we are collecting Alumni News for Appletree Magazine (print version) to be published this fall--if you have anything you'd like to share or update, please email it to me.