Allissa Crea '06
One aspect I love most about Princeton Day School is the supportive, devoted, professional artistry of the performing arts faculty. It is hard to imagine how one eighth grade musical production of The Wiz could have such an impact on my life, but it most certainly did. The performing arts became my passion, education and profession. Deb Sugarman nurtures students to discover their own voice. She develops an environment that cultivates growth and celebrates accomplishment. Almost fifteen years later, friends and I still reminisce about our middle school musical experience. For me, Deb Sugarman ignited a lifelong passion and artistic journey and for that I am extremely grateful.
We invite you to make your gift to this year’s Annual Fund in honor of a teacher, coach, advisor, or staff member. Tell us what this person means to you or to your family or share a story about the difference they made. We will send personal letters to all honorees, notifying them that gifts have been made to Princeton Day School in their honor.
Your stories honor the unique bond between PDS students and teachers that stay with our alumni and their parents long beyond their time at Princeton Day School. We will compile a collection of anecdotes that represents the special student teacher relationships, a hallmark of our school, over the last 50 years. The names of those who are honored, and the sentiments shared, will be posted on our school’s website and featured throughout the year.Please submit one gift per faculty, coach or staff member. The Advancement Office will notify honorees who have current contact information on file of the gift identifying the donor but not the amount. If you choose to honor a deceased member of our community, this gift will be included with all other honorees in The 2016 Fall Journal.
Andy Jensen '79
"No rinky-dinkin around". Mr. Franz taught us all to be wary of table saws by way of his superb example of what could possibly go wrong. Mr. Franz believed in all of us - he knew we could sand just a little bit more and get every last imperfection out of our wood projects. I've spent my life trying to live up to this standard, and I'm so grateful I had a teacher that showed me I was capable of at least trying to achieve perfection.
Caroline Lippman '15
We did a lot of reading and writing in the "Qniverse," but what made each English class memorable was our off-topic tangential conversations, goofy class dynamic, long-running jokes, and Q's quote-board-worthy comments. Q helped me improve as a writer (I never thought I would be able to write creatively until I took his class), and he also helped me shape my outlook on life. The Qniverse is silly, upbeat, and sometimes hard to follow, but Q taught us all to "go with the flow" and just enjoy the fun moments in class. It was impossible for me to be "perfect" in there, and Q and I had countless conversations about the balance between working hard, getting things done, and finding time to breathe. I've revisited a lot of those conversations in my head since I've gotten to college! I'm so grateful for my time in Q's classes, and I hope he knows how important the Qniverse was for me in defining my PDS experience.
Kathleen Colket '69
In 1965, I fell in love with history, because of Mr. McCaughan. In 9th grade, I was in his first class of female students during PDS's inaugurual year when classes were segregated by gender. He must have experienced culture shock teaching a group of chatty girls after teaching boys for so long, but he gamely waded into the wilderness and seemed to enjoy it. (Of course, he had daughters of his own, so he was somewhat prepared...)
Mr. McCaughan had (to me) a wonderful way of teaching to which I had never been exposed. During his class, he asked each student a question in turn on a rolling alphabetical basis--there was nowhere to run, nowhere to hide in his classroom. If you were lucky, you got a question you could answer. If not, you had a chance to redeem yourself at the next question; but coming to class unprepared was not an option.
Then there were his history bees! History bees were like spelling bees, but much more fun. There were two teams in the class, each with its own captain (of which I was one). Periodically, we competed against each other. The captains (chosen by GPA, not elected by members) chose their team members on an alternating basis. I went first, and picked my best--and very smart--friend, Deborah Merrick Estes '69. (Mr. MacCaughan called us "the buddies" for the rest of our time at PDS).
During the bee, members of the two teams took turns answering Mr. McCaughan's questions, which always rotated in order so that everyone had the same number of questions. My favorite part of the history bees was the rule that if a team member did know the answer, anyone else on that team could answer before the other team had a chance. That rule came in handy many times and fostered a sense of teamwork that in those days was mostly experienced on sports teams, which were mainly male. (This was way, way before Title IX!)
Mr. McCaughan also taught the same course to the 9th grade boys, and at the end of the year the top girls' team (captained by me) and the top boys' team (captained by Christopher "Cricky" Collins) competed against each other (as it happens, he and I were also neighbors, which intensified the rivalry). As the first girls/women's team, we were not about to allow our male counterparts to beat us, and I remember studying very hard for the competition. (The final exam was a cinch afterwards.) All our hard work paid off, and we women carried the day!
I have loved history ever since. I believe I am the only graduate in the class of 1969 who took a history class every year in high school. Then, I went on to Wellesley, where I majored in history. I will never know what I my college major would have been if not for my class with Mr.McCaughan, but I can say with certainty that Mr. McCaughan was the most influential teacher in my life, not to mention the most fun. Thanks, Mr. McCaughan, from me and from all the other students you have inspired over the years.
For teaching and encouraging me how to discover my own writing style and voice. Mr. McCulloch really got me to love writing, not avoid it like I used to. I also just enjoyed his elective classes so much. Who knew obscure books about men in their 40's going through mid-life crises could be so interesting (modern picaresque novel).Erin Murray '15
Mr. Jacobson provided me the opportunities to grow as a student, a musician, and an artist. His devotion to his students set an example that stays with me to this very day. The music department was my safe haven, and Mr. Jacobson always made me feel that it was my home. I learned discipline, empathy, compassion, and I developed the tools to become the professional musician, educator, and administrator that I am today. Thank you Mr. Jacobson!!!Jason Posnock '90
Arlene encouraged us to grow artistically, gave us confidence in our art, always finding something positive about our pieces. Our class enjoyed an excellent rapport with her and it created a bond between us all.Gwyneth (Hamel) Iredale '76