Faculty and staff are the heart of Waterford School, and they make it a wonderfully unique and exceptional place where students are inspired and shaped. Waterford is guided toward its mission of providing students with a world-class liberal arts education, by our talented faculty and staff. As this school year comes to a close—a year when each of us, students and teachers, has met unpredicted challenges head-on—we want to take a moment to recognize and thank those members who are retiring, moving or pursuing new passions. We thank them for their many years of service.
Photography faculty member, Bernard C. Meyers work, "Urban Abstracts" will be on exhibition at Camerawork Gallery, March 2-March 29, 2019. Mr. Meyers will open the exhibition with an artist talk and reception on Saturday March 2, 3:30-4:30 PM.
The following is the full talk from the MS and US assemblies given by Tim Dolbin, Math Teacher, and his son, Parker Dolbin ’12 about an art project that was developed from the synthesis of math and art, showing the power of understanding and combining many disciplines in a project.
Students, parents and faculty, who experience Waterford, know that our vision to inspire individuals to pursue lives of meaning and purpose is embedded into each day and many experiences at school. With the newly defined vision, mission and core values this year, what has become clear, is how frequently our faculty and students embody these noble pursuits. This past Saturday, two of Waterford's faculty engaged with the wider community along the Wasatch front, showing support for important issues in meaningful ways.
Each year, two or three Waterford Educator Prizes are awarded to acknowledge outstanding teaching by Waterford faculty. In addition to the honor given for their exemplary service, each award carries a stipend to further the educator’s formal education, research, writing, travel, or related scholarly activities. The stipends are awarded by the Head of School based on the written recommendations of faculty peers and other colleagues. The recipients are selected based on their experience at Waterford, passion for learning, and influence on students and colleagues.
After teaching for thirty-seven years at Waterford School, Mr. Jan Van Arsdel is retiring. The setting of our conversation is hectic as Middle Schoolers run through the Concert Hall before their final exam, the last exam Mr. Van Arsdel will conduct as an educator. Mr. Van Arsdel, affectionately known as JVA, has taught AP US History, British Literature, and American Literature for over thirty years at Waterford.
Matt Douglas is a MS/US history teacher at Waterford. We asked him to reflect on being "less new" as he approaches the end of his second year.
“The only common thread has been your disrespect
Now you call me ‘amoral,’
A ‘dangerous disgrace,’
If you’ve got something to say
Name a time and place
Face to face
I have the honor to be your obedient servant
A . Burr”
Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Your Obedient Servant.” In Hamilton: The Revolution.