Guest Faculty Bloggers

Occasionally we feature guest contributions from members of our faculty. Their voices provide an exclusive view into the classrooms, halls, lounges, and residence halls that make Stoneleigh-Burnham School such a great place to live, work, and study. To find blogs exclusively from our faculty members, use “The Faculty Perspective” category.
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Installation Ceremony: Faculty Welcome

October 19, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Miriam Przybyla-Baum P’22,’20, Chair of Language Department and Co-Coordinator of the IB Diploma Programme

Filed Under: Installation

Karen Pleasant on "The intrusions of the world on the classroom"

September 22, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Karen Pleasant, Chair of the History Department and IB co-coordinator, recently published this piece in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

As I begin my combined 36th year of school as learner and educator, two things recently occurred to me: I have now spent as many years as a teacher as I have as a student and how much the day-to-day realities of what it means to go to school have changed in that time. (read entire article on the Gazette's website)

Filed Under: student voice, Education, gun violence

Convocation 2018: Remarks by Shayna Appel '78

September 05, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Welcome friends! It is so good to be with you again at the outset of a new year, with a new Head of School and so many hopeful expectations! Welcome Stephanie, because I have not yet had the chance to publicly say that! It is a real joy to have you here with all of us, and the culmination of a decade’s worth of hard work!

Convocation 2018: Remarks by Lauren Cunniffe, Academic Dean

September 03, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Welcome, everyone, to the first day of the Stoneleigh-Burnham academic year.

Filed Under: Resilience, Convocation

Commencement 2018: Closing Remarks

June 03, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

delivered by Kathleen Tuck Fontaine '83

Filed Under: graduation speech, Graduation, commencement address, Class of 2018, Closing Remarks'

Commencement 2018: Commencement Address

June 02, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

delivered by Shayna Appel '78

Filed Under: graduation speech, Graduation, commencement address, Class of 2018

Commencement 2018: Opening Remarks

May 30, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Sam Sattin Torres '08

Filed Under: Graduation, Opening Remarks, Class of 2018

Stoneleigh-Burnham Women on the March

January 27, 2018 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

by Celine Nader

Here at Stoneleigh-Burnham, our mission statement is both descriptive of what is, and aspirational, considering what we hope will be. We talk about fostering voice, choice, and agency in our students here at SBS — and I feel confident that this is, by and large, quite effective.


Filed Under: girls' education, Feminism, StudentVoice, feminist school, student agency, Women's March

What You Hold Dear

December 05, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

A speech delivered at the Fall 2017 Honor Roll Assembly, at the invitation of Student Council, by Jacob Steward, English Department Chair.

Good morning, everyone.

Thank you to STUCO for inviting me to share some of my thoughts on honor roll and academics with everyone today. First I’d like to congratulate all of the students on the honor roll today. Good job, everyone. I hope that this achievement signals that your efforts are producing results.

I do find it ironic to be standing up here to talk today. I haven’t been shy with my students in sharing my thoughts on grades: that ultimately, there’s a pretty decent amount of subjectivity in determining them, and that they are not what is important anyway. I’ve seen the barely disguised eye-rolls when I’ve pontificated about grades, and thank you for trying to suppress them, but I have seen. Oh, I have seen.

Filed Under: Honor Roll

Making This Place Beautiful

September 11, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers

Invocation delivered at Convocation by Shayna Appel '78

The legendary poet, writer, playwright and social activist James Baldwin once wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Filed Under: Alumnae, LGBT Support, anti-racism, social justice, diversity, Convocation, inclusion