magazine of the pine school // winter 2015
Kindergarten and First Grade
Round Table The Pine School Board of Trustees
Robert Allen Ankrom, Editor & Photographer Administration Cat Altschuler, P'27, P'25
Steve Naumann, Designer Phyllis Parker, Head of School P’96 (8th Grade), P’97 (8th Grade) Michael Baum, President P’16
Printing by Southeastern Printing Company, Stuart, FL Nathan Washer, K-12 Director P’17, P’19 Cris Branden P’27
Robert Ankrom, Director of Communications P’23 Michael DiEgidio P’20, P’22
Round Table is published by the Office of Communications. Heidi Coliskey - K-12 School Counselor Amy Eversole P’23, P’23, P’26, P’26
For comments and suggestions, or to request a copy of Round Kelly Hilton-Green, Director of Development P’26 Jim Hauslein
Table, please send an e-mail to [email protected] Beth Lettengarver, Director of Admission P’15 Liza Hutchinson P’20, P’21
On The Covers Front: Chase Hyland ‘16 cruises to a 1st Place Paul Needham, Director of Information Technology Marianne Ireland P’12, P’19, P’19
victory at The Pine School Invitational. Back: The cast of Legally Janet Pacifico, Director of College Guidance John Isleib, Treasurer P’18
Blonde tears up the stage with their energetic performance. Larry Pittman, Director of Finance and Operations P’16, P’18 Rich Kennedy P’22, P’24
Contributing Writers John Barnes, Emilie Finney, Naia Mader Jorge Salas, Director of Academic Technologies John Killgore P’22
'19, Ali McClimond '18, Logan Messer '19, Nat Osborn, Anna Matthew Sofarelli, Athletic Director Don Mader P’19, P’22
Perelli-Minetti '16, Greyson Phillips '17, Kelly Sanchez, Olivia Garry Sullivan, K-12 Associate Director P’22, P’28 Michael Mortell P’15, P’18
Siegel '19, Emily Smith '18, Arline Willsey Sandra Price P'97, P'99
Contributing Photographers Shaye Babb, Ryan Chimelis ‘17, www.thepineschool.org Mark Renz P’20
Jason Leonard, Gianna Izzolo, Lauren Zaremski Jack Schofield GP’20
The Pine School is an independent day school that promotes Paul Shirley P’20, P’23
academic excellence within a challenging, supportive, and Kenan Siegel P’18, P’19
moral environment that fosters the development of mind, Ramsey Small P’21, P’21
body, and spirit. Co-ed, Kindergarten through Grade 12. Anna Marie Tettamanti, Secretary P’19, P’20
Debbie Textor, Vice President P’18, P’20
Leland Wilson P’17, P’19, P’22
2 The Little Things 5 A Place To Share
6 A Day In The Life: Kindergarten 8 The Man And The Lagoon
12 Seeing Double 14 Development
16 Communication Prefect Committee 18 TPS Report
26 Alumni News 28 Homecoming 2015
Sometimes it is all about asking the right questions. In the case of The Pine creatively; and make learning and thinking visible.
School, it became apparent, instead of asking "What we do as a School?" or "How “Project Zero was a fantastic experience and invigorating as an education
is the best way to go about doing it?", that more focus needed to be spent on professional,” shared History Department Head Sean Carlson. “Several of the
asking "Why it is we do what we do?" sessions offered direct strategies to enhance my students' understanding of
Inspired by the concepts put forth by author and speaker Simon Sinek, concepts beyond simple knowledge acquisition. Moreover, the time spent with
Director of K-12 Nashan Washer dedicated the majority of summer pre- my colleagues from TPS was an invaluable opportunity for us to collaborate and
planning time to work with faculty on asking the hard - and right - questions. find a common vision for the future of our school.”
“By identifying our Why it can help shape how we make decisions about The Project Zero Classroom featured various frameworks and tools that
our goals and plans moving forward,” shared K-12 Director Nathan Washer. “It will enable educators to look at teaching analytically, while also developing
appealed to me because when I reflected on my own Why it gave me clarity on new approaches to planning and making informed decisions about instruction.
my purpose and has helped in establishing goals and direction for me. The timing Participants explored ways to deepen student engagement; encourage learners
is right as we are now a united school and are in a unique place to establish and to think critically and creatively; and make learning and thinking visible.
solidify our positive plans for the future and, most importantly, to get everyone The group included Carlson, Guidance Counselor Heidi Coliskey,
on the same page.” Assistant K-12 Director Garry Sullivan, 5th Grade teacher Lisa Vrana, 6th Grade
This sort of approach isn’t completely new to Pine School faculty as several teacher Tabbatha O'Donnell, 2nd Grade teacher Dina Scellato, K-12 Director
were already implementing similar ideas into their curriculum but this line Nathan Washer, English teacher Kelly Sanchez, Science teacher Tessie Kerslake,
of thinking received a huge boost the summer of 2015 when the School was and Math Department Head Tamara Litterick.
fortunate to receive a gift from a generous family that has long had a relationship “The Project Zero conference was very thought provoking and inspiring,”
with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and knowledge of the ground- summed up Washer. “To take time to examine best practices in teaching is going
breaking education program Project Zero. After thoroughly researching this to benefit our school in many ways. It was also valuable time to collaborate with
ground-breaking approach to teaching it became obvious that this approach members of the team on goals for the year. We are all excited about putting many
completely aligns with the School’s philosophy and mission. of these practices to work immediately in The Pine School.”
The gift allowed ten Pine School Faculty and Administrators to attend And put into practice immediately they did. I caught up with several Pine
the Project Zero Classroom workshop at Harvard this past summer. The week- School faculty that have made the dedicated plunge into Project Zero waters
long program focused on innovative problem solving as well as strategies for - implementing both the approach and the patience needed to make this new
collaborative and interdisciplinary inquiry. While there, our teachers explored navigation possible.
ways to deepen student engagement; encourage learners to think critically and
Tessie Kerslake, Middle School Science "Why I Became a Teacher" The Little Things 3
It is easy to see that the Project Zero practices have made a big impact on Kerslake. By: Kelly Sanchez, 7th Grade English, 5-8 Study Skills
She has implemented several of the PZ thinking routines and best practices into her & Public Speaking
science classes. She is able to give her students more choice in order to assess their When I was six, I asked Santa Claus for a chalkboard, so I could play “school”
learning accurately. with my stuffed animals and little brother. That chalkboard provided hours
She also lets students work in "thinking teams" which allows them the opportunity of fun as I would practice my teaching skills in our basement through the
to discuss a nd arrive at the correct responses to thoughtful questions. Her students coldest of Buffalo winters. As I entered junior high school, my chalkboard was
have been practicing how to slow their thinking and truly listen to others before replaced by “hands on” teaching opportunities when I was asked to be a camp
responding to what is said. counselor at the local elementary school. My summers were spent going on
I'm intrigued by the idea of "thinking routines" and "thinking teams". field trips, hiking, teaching swimming and making countless boondoggles out
Is there ever a risk with this that students that grasp certain ideas of plastic string. At the end of every long day, I found myself energized, and I
better are held up in having to "discuss" ideas with students that are felt I had learned so much from my “students”.
still developing or does the process just strengthen all the way through? My life changed as an 8th grader when I was asked to work at a camp for
Having varying levels of student thinkers often helps to drive the conversations as disabled children. I still went hiking, taught swimming, made crafts and
well as giving students the opportunity to explain their reasoning and being sure smiled, but this time my charges were deaf, blind, wheelchair bound and
they can support their responses helps them understand the concepts discussed mentally handicapped. We had the time of our lives. I was inspired by the
with greater depth. dedication of the teachers with whom I worked, by the energy of the other
What do you see as the prime benefits of slowing students down to teenaged counselors and most importantly by the campers who never let
better absorb what their classmates are thinking about? anything stand in their way. My direction was set for the future. I have been
Slowing the students thinking so that fortunate in my 29 years of teaching to have worked with the most remarkable
they are learning to listen to what students.
others are saying before mounting Early on in my career as a teacher for children with autism, successes were
their responses allows them time to
truly process what is being said and be so small that many people may not
able to give more thoughtful responses. have noticed. But for those children
This is actually something that I and their parents, we were climbing
myself am practicing when I engage in mountains. Gaining eye contact or
conversations with others. The overall passing a ball were triumphs, and
goal of implementing these different everyone would cheer. From there,
strategies and practices is to ensure that I moved on to teach adolescents in
students are learning and thinking for crisis - teen parents, kids suffering with
understanding not just to do well on an drug addictions and those whom no
assessment. matter how hard they tried, would
never find a place in this world, for
Sean Carlson, crime and poverty encompassed their
History Department Head lives. I am still humbled remembering
Ask Sean Carlson to share what students who would say, “It’s because
experience from the conference made of you that I stayed in school, and
the biggest impact on him and his I’m graduating today - thank you.” I
answer is straight-forward and simple. have taught reading to inmates in the
“One of the most important aspects prison system, and I have taught at
of Project Zero that I have been able the college level where I was inspired
to bring home is the idea of visible to work with future educators hoping to change the world. I also served as
thinking routines. These activities a technology trainer for the Florida Department of Education introducing
allow students to break down their computers to the public school system. In the Independent School setting,
understanding by creating some type I have served as a teacher, learning specialist and counselor where I continue
of visual representation. learning from my students.
I have begun to use the routine: At The Pine School, I find myself on the cusp of something truly amazing.
Connect, Extend, Challenge. This Outstanding teachers together with a visionary administration and supportive
thinking routine asks students to break families are creating an ideal environment for students to be the best that they
down information into three categories. can be. There is no question that an individualized approach to education is
The information they can connect to truly beneficial. I love helping young people solve problems and find their
prior knowledge, what information is new or extends their understanding, and what confidence and passions. I look forward to those magical moments when
ideas or concepts are they still challenged by. We have used this to read higher level someone “gets it”. Mostly, I am proud to be part of an educational setting
articles regarding issues in Latin America. Additionally, I have adapted one of the which prizes the virtues of character and community alongside the value of
routines into Mind Maps which I use as a review technique for students to visualize learning. I enjoy introducing kids to community service opportunities where
their learning in a graphic web format.” they can share their time and talents with others, and I am hopeful that our
future is in very capable hands. I don’t know of any other profession where
one can impact the future of others while gaining so much in return. I guess
you could say I’m a bit selfish, for teaching is a passion in which I get to indulge
Dina Scellato, Tabbatha O’Donnell, 6th Grade English and History
Second Grade Teacher In addition to the summer workshop in Harvard,
Ask a second grader what they wonder Tabbatha O'Donnell attended the Project Zero
about and you might be surprised. "Zeroing in on Learning" Conference held at The
“I wonder how chocolate is made?” International School of Amsterdam.
“I wonder if we’ll learn about birds?” The four-day conference focused on the leading
“I wonder if we’ll start taking naps again?” mission of Project Zero which includes encouraging
“I wonder if I can do better in math?” creativity in children and global citizenship in the
Second grade teacher Dina Scellato knows digital age.
this is what they wonder because they have As part of the Amsterdam Conference, Tabbitha also
asked these questions directly through shared info and presented on "Out of Eden Learn" -
the “I Wonder” board she keeps in the an online learning community of students from around
classroom. Students are encouraged to the world following the writings and photography of
freely (and anonymously if they choose) to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek as he
write down anything they wonder. walks from Africa to South America. This is a program
“It was interesting,” Scellato shares. “They that several Pine School classrooms will participate in
didn’t immediately start posting questions but once one posted something the board over the coming years.
filled up quickly.”
Scellato approaches teaching each class with a blank canvas. What attracts you to the Out Of Eden Learn project the most?
“At the end of the day I’m meeting the same objectives,” she says. “But I approach each Giving students the opportunity to learn about how others live in different parts
project or lesson differently based on the specific group.” of the world; slowing down and really looking closely at their surroundings;
Encouraging and building stronger writing and reading remains the strong focus and sharing and telling each other’s stories; and really listening to each other to
students are able to work at their own pace to compliment the various ways children reach understanding about themselves and others.
absorb information the best. Out of Eden Learn provides an opportunity for students of all ages to
“There are certainly basics you want to focus on, but in the age of spell check and participate in an online global learning community where students can share
Google, teachers need to be helping their students to think creatively,” added Scellato. their thoughts, ideas, and perspectives about the world around them.
“To me it really is all about knowing your students.”
Accounting for these multiple intelligences, Scellato chooses class projects that will This project obviously ties in with The Pine School's desire to
inspire problem solving, cooperation with classmates, and opportunities for students produce global citizens. How do you think this project will
to challenge themselves as mastery of a particular skill is developed. This is further further open our student's eyes to the world around them?
supported by homework being student driven as this promotes accountability and Students will learn about how people actually live in different parts of the world.
autonomy. Paul Salopek shares his experiences and an appreciation and compassion for
“These are all concepts and practices I was aware of and already using - Project Zero just those he’s interacting with. He’s offering students a chance to see the world as
champions the idea of making learning visible and placing the focus on the process of it is, and showing them parts of the world through stories, and photographs,
learning and not just the finished product,” summed up Scellato. “That is a philosophy that they may not otherwise have a chance to see or experience. Students
that I can get behind and support.” interacting with each other, sharing their work, corresponding, all help to build
understanding of themselves and others
Review: Art Exhibit My hope, is that s tudents will begin to build a respect, understanding, and an
Art In Odd Places appreciation for one another’s perspectives.
Orlando, Fall 2015
by Emilie Finney You recently presented at the "Zeroing In On Learning" Project
It is not every day we Zero Conference in Amsterdam. How was that experience and
can walk into a gallery or were there any especially cool eye-opening moments?
museum to experience Project Zero Amsterdam brought together educators from around the world.
contemporary, conceptual A highlight for me was being able to collaborate with these teachers and learn
art. Art in Odd Places brings about innovative ways to tap into children’s creativity, and enhance their
the art outside to afford people critical thinking skills.
a new experience. An international event hosted
in Orlando this past September, AiOP included a
variety of art directly available to the public, some
dependent upon audience participation. Pieces
included a mobile dark-room, a public reading
corner, sound installations and more. As an artist
represented in the event, I witnessed the deeper
language of the fine arts at work.
A Place To Share A Place To Share 5
Meet The Pine School's New Counselor
Heidi Coliskey started her career as a School Counselor in 1994
in New Jersey. After moving to Florida in 2001, she facilitated
family programs at a Jupiter pre-school and began working in
Palm Beach County Schools - most recently at the new Franklin Academy
Charter School in Palm Beach Gardens, where she created the school’s
She earned her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Kean
College of New Jersey, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with
a minor in Psychology of Exceptional Children, from the State University
of New York at Cortland. Dual certified as both a School Counselor (K-12),
and Teacher (K-6), she is also a member of professional organizations such
as American School Counselor Association and Florida School Counselor
In the short time she has been with The Pine School, her positive impact
has been felt immediately.
She has begun to develop a comprehensive school counseling program.
With a developmental model that is compliant with standards set by the
American School Counselor Association, she has already forged schoolwide
character development, small group counseling, crisis intervention, and
support for students, families, and staff.
To top it off, her office has become a legend in it’s own right. With it’s relaxed, beachy vibe, it is hard not to let go of some
of the stress or anxiety one might be carrying simply by having a seat in one of the comfortable wicker chairs. It’s where she
and I met to catch-up on her busy start to the new school year.
You definitely have one of the most inviting offices on campus. How I understand you are also developing some small support groups.
important is creating a space that students feel comfortable and safe What is the thinking behind those and what are your expectations
to talk in? for how they will work?
I’ve tried to create a calming, comfortable “home-like” space, so students don’t feel I’ve had a lot of experience facilitating group counseling, which helps students
like they’re in a formal school office. It’s important for me that students of all ages to see that they’re not alone in situations such as Family Separation, Loss, Anger
feel physically and emotionally comfortable to share their feelings. My office is a and Stress Management. Through organized group activities, students have the
safe, non-judgemental zone, where students can sit back, relax, laugh, cry, …. and opportunity to enhance their coping skills regarding these issues. Groups meet
enjoy some snacks. weekly for 6-8 sessions during the school day (during work period or as a “lunch
In general terms, what are some of the things students are sharing bunch.”). Students may request to participate, or may be referred by parents and
with you in regards to challenges they are facing? school staff.
This varies by age. Primarily, the lower and middle school students have been How did you find the experience of attending the summer Project
discussing peer relationships. Friendship issues seem to be a common challenge Zero workshop?
to students between 3rd-8th grade. It was a wonderful opportunity on many different levels. As a new member of
The most common topic of conversation from 9th-12th grade students is stress the Pine School staff, I was able to begin establishing relationships with teachers
resulting from over-scheduling, or learning to handle school and extracurricular and administrators, and quickly recognized the special connections of the “Pine
activities. Many upper-classmen are working on college applications, participating School Family.”
in sports, clubs, and other afterschool activities; leaving little time for homework, As a Counselor, the Project Zero courses I found to be most relevant were those
family time, and relaxation. I’m helping these students learn the importance of which focused on interpersonal communication and group dynamics. Much of
time management skills and finding balance. (This is a tough one for adults too!) my effectiveness as a counselor is based on building trusting relationships with
You've helped make available a number of presentations addressing students. From this relationship, I can assist others in developing coping strategies
everything from social media safety to drug awareness. Why is it and problem solving skills. I find myself employing listening and communication
important to bring in outside voices for the students to hear? techniques I learned at Project Zero workshops daily, to improve the connections
I like to invite speakers who “specialize” in specific topics, or have an area of expertise I build with students.
that is relevant to our students. As school staff and parents, we may try to deliver Are there any other programs you would like to make available to
the same messages as our guest speakers, yet coming from another voice often students?
has a different impact on students. The N.O.P.E. task force, for example, presented My goal is to continue to expand the school counseling program, addressing issues
a nationally renowned program to our students and parents. Their program has and concerns relevant to our students. I welcome our students’ and caregivers’
been researched and found to be a highly effective method of impacting the suggestions about topics they would like to be addressed. With my open door
audience most effectively, about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. policy, I look forward to building relationships with everybody in our Pine School
I will continue to offer family programs, and invite parents to offer suggestions family.
about topics they’re interested in.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
2 E Kindergarten
veryone wondered how our youngest Knights would fare on the expansive
Hobe Sound campus. Have no fear, this dynamic group of little learners
are not only holding their own but they are soaking up a variety of unique
experiences each and every day. Follow along as we take a look at a typical Day
in the Life of a Pine School Kindergartener
1 Photo 1 - After a quick self-motivated, warm-up assignment, the class gathers
together for morning meeting circle to connect and build classroom community.
It provides time for students to be known by their peers, while developing into
caring and kind citizens. Additionally, this time allows for work on developing
new math skills.
Photo 2 - In Kindergarten, Physical Education focuses a lot on introducing and
practicing locomotor skills. Coach Kate Roach exposes the group to gymnastics
to work on different types of movements and flexibility.
Photo 3 - The Daily Five is a way of structuring the reading block so every
student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. Students receive
explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time
to read and write independently while Diane Hollowell provides focused,
intense instruction to individuals and small groups.
Photo 4 - The Guest Reader can be a parent, family member, student, teacher,
friend, community helper or a neighbor. Hollowell strives for the children to
hear and see as many readers and books as possible.
Photo 5 - As the School’s nutritional provider, the dining staff takes seriously
the responsibility to encourage our younger students to try a variety of healthy
and nutritious options that will help them make better food choices in the
Photo 6 - During time with Spanish teacher Gladys Velez, the Kindergarten
class works on basic vocabulary such as greetings, colors, the weather, and
classroom materials. "This is such an important time in establishing a student's
ear for speaking a foreign language," says Valez.
Photo 7 - Sheri Walker strives to nurture the creative spark in students - a spark
that is particularly intact in children of Kindergarten age. “As Pablo Picasso
is quoted as saying, ‘I used to paint like Raphael but it has taken all my life to
draw as a child.’" shares Walker. “Kindergarten students have that remarkable
pureness in their art. It's my job to help the students create from that.”
Photo 8 - Work in the garden gives students the opportunity to explore nature
and take care of living things. There are plans to involve high school students
in the Environmental Prefect Committee.
Photo 9 - The day ends with Hollowell taking the time to share an encouraging
thought with each child on their way out. “Greeting each student every morning
and saying goodbye at end of the day provides a way to connect with each
student in a positive way,” shared Hollowell.
istory teacher Nathaniel Osborn Did you grow up in Florida? The Man and the Lagoon 9
is a good guy but, if you’ve ever No, I grew up in Santa Barbara, California, which is an unusually beautiful
city, but it was in a deep, dusty drought my entire childhood. The wet, hot,
Hhad more than a two-minute fertile climate here still strikes me as exotic and fresh, even though I have lived
here for my adult life. How could I not be drawn to roseate spoonbills that
conversation with him, you already know appear to have come straight out of the Pleistocene? There is nothing like
that. He’s funny, endearing, passionate, and them in southern California.
extremely knowledgable on a wide range of At what point did you realize there was enough material to
subjects. In short – just the kind of teacher warrant a book?
you want steering history lessons to high Would you believe that I accidently wrote this book? That’s not quite true, but
school students. the kernel of it was my master’s thesis, which was well-received by my faculty
Osborn holds a Bachelor’s Degree from committee. I submitted it to the publishing house that I most admire. The
Covenant College and a Master’s from University Press of Florida is a major presence in my field and has published
Florida Atlantic University. While there he many books by historians and writers who have had a big effect on me. Their
became a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the review and exhausting editing process created the book as it is now.
honor society for students of history. He Talk a little about your research process.
is also an active member of the American It is really just a big version of the organization that I teach to my students.
Historical Association and the Florida Collect and plunder all of the primary and secondary sources that you can
Historical Society. dig up and categorize the information within them. Turn it into a first draft
Since coming to The Pine School in 2013 and edit. And edit. And then some more editing. Ask any TPS sophomore
he has co-directed the School’s Florida in my Modern World History class and they will tell you all about it. They
Environmental Initiative that has resulted in may get tired polishing the rough edges of their thesis statements, or adding
earning multiple recognitions as a Martin punch to their “hook,” but we are all better writers for having slogged through
County Green School of Quality. the process.
Osborn will tell you he developed a love Were there any especially eye-opening discoveries?
for history through great professors and a Like the man who built a lookout building in Sebastian to give him notice
real interest in the collected experiences when the sheriff came to arrest him for practicing polygamy? Or the fact
of all humanity but it isn’t hard to see that that no one seemed to care when a hermit living on Hutchinson Island was
he’s a man that loves getting to the bottom found with his head missing one Tuesday morning? This region attracted all
of things and maybe, even more, the little sorts of bizarre characters long before Carl Hiaasen began describing them in
discoveries one makes in taking that sort of his novels. Would you believe that one 19th century loner sailed two weeks
journey. from Lake Worth to Titusville and back just because he ran out of reading
Osborn has insightfully collected this material and wanted a new book? Or how about the fact that the oldest art in
approach into an excellent new book Indian the Americas was found in the Indian River a few years ago and no one seems
River Lagoon: An Environmental History to know about it? I could go on and on.
that will be published by the University Growing up in Miami I specifically recall hearing about Indian
Press of Florida in March 2016. River Oranges as far back as I can remember and so it was very
Our conversation started at the beginning interesting to read about how that crop was developed. Because
of the road he took to make this project a of it’s unique environmental make-up, I imagine you weren’t too
reality. surprised with the number of happy accidents like that which
took place over the history of this area.
What spoke to you about tackling this subject matter? History loves mash-ups. The mix of people, plants, and ideas of the
In grad school I was really moved by some of the books I read by Columbian Exchange is the ultimate example, but mixing has always been
writers who studied Florida, as well as those who studied history with the driver of history, from big things to small. What is Rock ‘n’ Roll if not
a focus on the interaction between people and their environments. I a mash-up of hillbilly music and Delta rhythm and blues? Similarly, the
knew that the Indian River has always held a strange mystique, but did frontier where cold-weather and tropical plants and animals meet happens
not know that much more about it. I also worked briefly as a researcher to be in the shallow waters of the Indian River. This mash-up of northern
and exhibit consultant at the Elliott Museum’s House of Refuge. and southern has given the lagoon essentially two complete sets of flora
How did that experience inform your approach to this and fauna. The mixing of the two has created wonderful, and sometimes
project? stunning, biodiversity. Nowhere else do you have frigid, northern Summer
Through my work there I found myself stumbling down a really Flounder mix with tropical Nassau Grouper, just to give one small example. It
interesting intellectual trail. I found a whole community of thinkers makes perfect sense that the mighty Indian River orange is an Asian fruit first
and historians who were uncovering stories of mysterious Spanish planted here by the 17th century Spanish, improved upon by 18th century
artifacts and outrageous Gilded Age con-men. I was intrigued when English, and planted in drained wetlands by 19th century Americans. Florida
I encountered historians who were highlighting the historical role has always been a weird hybrid. Why shouldn’t our fruit?
played by Florida’s August heat and mild winters. The idea that the At the same time, the role the idiosyncrasies of this area played
Everglades has a history of its own apart from humans struck me as in the Civil War is also really interesting. Was it ever tempting
wonderful and inspiring. to further travel down some of these various rabbit holes of info
you came across?
Certainly. Curiosity was always a driving force for me. I would love to mount
an expedition to find the site of the lost Spanish mission Santa Lucia. Perhaps
it was on Sewall’s Point. Perhaps south of the current Jupiter inlet. As for the
Civil War, I think it is fascinating that the same geographic features that made
the area a hotbed of Civil War smuggling also made it a center of rum-running
during Prohibition and, more recently, a magnet for economic refugees
from Haiti. The forces of the Gulf Stream and proximity to the Bahamas are
permanent features, but our uses of them reflect the ambitions of each era.
I also loved reading about the birth of this area’s attraction to tourists in the
late 1800s. They sought quite a different experience than our present-day
snowbirds, didn’t they?
Yes and no. In many ways the idea of Florida that they created still informs our understanding
of the Sunshine State. Yes, few of us moved to Florida because our doctors prescribed it as
a remedy for our tuberculosis. More likely, we were escaping snow in New Jersey or to be
closer to our aging mom in Boca. However, I argue that the pull of orange-blossoms and lazy
manatees remains part of our collective consciousness. That was an image carefully cultivated
by those 19th century settlers to lure others to join them. It was lonely down here.
It was crazy to discover that steps were being taken as far back as the turn of
the century to protect the over-hunting of local wildlife – sea turtles, birds,
and manatees. With our environmental challenges today, has all that much
Great question. I would like to say that we all now agree with Teddy Roosevelt’s sentiment
that flora and fauna “should be saved because of reasons unconnected with dollars and
The fact that manatees and brown pelicans are not extinct suggests that we as a people
recognize the intrinsic value of Florida’s ecology. A quiet moment watching a mangrove-
lined creek jammed with tubby, jostling manatees is good for your soul, isn’t it? That being
said, those in charge of protecting Florida’s fragile nature continue to have a shameful
record. The sad truth is that the pace of careless development in the last few decades has
killed far more animals than 19th century poachers ever could have. Only six percent of
Florida wetlands slated for destruction were saved by regulators in recent years. There are
a lot of reasons to be discouraged about the long-term outlook for this peninsula. This
book is part of my contribution to promote efforts to protect what remains.
Who do you see as your audience? That is, who were you writing for as
you assembled material and the flow of the book?
I was initially writing for a strictly academic audience, but eventually resolved to target
a more popular crowd. I replaced the word “anthropogenic” with “human made” in
the final revision and that sort of thing. I teach my students to fight the temptation to
plunge into heavy, stodgy prose, so I hope I have been able to pull it off in my own
work. I guess that readers will let me know how successful my efforts were to keep the
tone light and breezy.
As our Varsity Sailing Team Coach, you take students out on this
water often. Do they have a sense of the history and the challenges in
preserving this important body of water?
Hmmm. I don’t think you can spend months hanging over the rail of a boat looking
through salt-encrusted sunglasses without learning a lot about about the Indian River.
I should probably do a better job impressing upon our sailors the fascinating history
of their waters. However, how many times can you watch a green turtle frantically
dive for cover as you glide past it without wondering what makes the turtle tick?
When I speak to an academic conference I usually point out that the very limited
water circulation of the lagoon is nearly totally based on the wind alone, and not on
currents. There is no need to tell TPS sailors. They know it intuitively.
What about your classroom students? As you’re working through
your regular U.S. History curriculum, how often are you able to
touch upon some of the nuggets you’ve discovered through your
My research informs my teaching a lot, I suppose. For example, my US History
class is in the middle of a big research project on local history. They each selected
an historic building in downtown Stuart and are researching, writing, and editing
a brief essay on the location, which will then be blended with the essays of their
peers. After we make an audio recording, the students will be the creators of
Stuart’s first audio walking tour. We plan to podcast it to the public for free. I
would never have the contacts or resources to tackle this field if I had not written
And how have you found that they respond to elements of history
from right in their backyard?
The temptation of Americans is to assume that Florida has little history because
most of the population did not arrive until after World War II. This is, of course,
nonsense. To paraphrase University of Florida historian Michael Gannon, St.
Augustine was up for urban renewal when the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth.
I suppose that I would not have known where to find the archeology report
detailing the Ais site on our Hobe Sound campus if I had not researched
similar reports for other Indian River locations. My students had a good
time searching our campus mini-mountain for 1,000 year old remnants of
the Indians with the report in their hands. Exploring with your shoes buried
in sand and pine sap on your fingers is a pretty cool way to do historical
Early reviews of the book have been extremely positive. Is As a father of three, I’m sure you’ve worked to make sure your The Man and the Lagoon 11
it possible to reflect on that sort of praise this soon after kids grow up in a world where respect of the environment
finishing such an involved project? is held at a higher place. Without boring them with facts,
I was flattered by the reception from writers and historians whom I what are some of the ways you’ve engaged them and your
admire a lot. A project like this is so big, and takes so long, that I’m not students in being more aware of the world around them?
sure I have really come up for air yet. I don’t have the distance from it to It’s not reasonable to expect people to care about a place if they don’t
have a good handle on how it fits into the existing literature. spend time there. Why would you get worked up about toxic algae
blooms in the St. Lucie River if you
Overall, how did you find the only see it from your car window? We
process of the actual writing? are all protective of the place where we
It was a rich, satisfying, and solitary grow up. The more time my kids spend
sailing and paddling the more they are
"Thereexperience. Although it brought me formed by the Indian River. The more
time TPS students spend running
into contact with a number of colorful the cross country course - the more
characters, some of whom have become time that TPS disc golf club members
spend searching the woods for their
are a lot ofgood friends, for the most part this book lost frisbee - the more likely they are to
realize the uniqueness of our fascinating
was written in dark early morning hours campus and environment.
reasons to bebefore my kids woke up. My wife Sarah
was very patient and let me slink out
to go write in a quiet spot until lunch
discouragednearly everyday for a couple of summers.
I certainly could not have pulled it off
long-term This book isCan you envision another writing
project in your future?
Environmental History is still a young
outlook part of myfield with plenty of plump, juicy topics
waiting for an ambitious historian to
for this contributionpluck them. I would love the chance and
have some compelling ideas. I’m afraid
that a full teaching schedule and all of
peninsula. to promotethe other duties that come with working
in an independent school make it pretty
efforts totough to find time. Original historical
scholarship requires days or weeks
squinting at yellowed documents in dusty archives, and I don’t know
protect whatof any shortcuts. Perhaps the time will come one day, but it is hard to
picture it while staring at an ungraded stack of AP European History
Ilove it when a family of twins walks in my door! It’s and watching two similar yet connected personalities
an admission director’s dream! Twice the goodness develop.
from one new family. Families of twins are special, Sending them to a place like The Pine School allows their
no doubt. Inevitably parents of twins have had a unique children to maintain their unique sibling bond while at
experience already in raising two at the same time, trying the same time develop their individual senses of self.
to keep up with their equal yet distinct everyday needs The bond between two who share so much is undeniable.
Photo by Shaye Babb '14
We are so blessed to have so many sets of twins at The BE SURE TO JOIN US
Pine School. They add an interesting element of diversity FOR TWO GREAT ADMISSION EVENTS
to our school family, to our classrooms, our art rooms and Kindergarten & 1st Grade Play Date / January 9
our sports fields - an element that we are doubly grateful
for every day! 9-11am for inquiring families
Beth Lettengarver, Director of Admission and our big Open House / February 21 / 3pm
With the help of generous families and friends, The Development Office
enjoyed a successful 2014/2015 fundraising year.
The goal of the Development Office is to encourage philanthropy towards
The Pine School - a priority amongst all our families. We have a number
of campaigns on the go, and hosted four wonderful events throughout the
2014/2015 school year.
Our uKnight Capital Campaign had a positive start under the leadership
of our co-chairs Don Mader and Ramsey Small and their committee made
up of Amy Branden, Joan Kennedy, Kenan Siegel, and Debbie Textor. The
Campaign goal is $6,5 million and by the end of the quiet phase we had
received $3,6 million in pledges and donations.
One of the most critical parts of the uKnight Capital Campaign has been
building The Pine School Endowment Fund which was seeded by two
major gifts. Our Endowment Fund now sits at $1,4 million. The Pine School
Endowment Fund will support the long-term financial strength of the
school. Thank you to the following donors who have made contributions
to the uKnight Campaign so far: Mike and Pat Baum, Frank and Gretchen
Bering, Cris and Amy Branden, Keith and Lauren Carroll, George and Patsy
Conrades, Frances Langford Foundation, Rich and Colleen Goldman,
Shaoor Farooqui and Naureen Haider, Marianne Ireland and Peter Upton,
Dan and Marcy Isdaner, John Isleib, Freddie and Erika Jacobson, Joan
Kennedy, John and Lara Killgore, Don and Nic Mader, Jim and Laurie
Mandly, Steve and Julianne McGovern, Janet and Chuck Pacifico, Tom
and Sandra Price, Jack and Beverly Schofield, Paul Shirley, Joe and Diane
Slater, Ramsey and Dana Small, Southeastern Printing, Neil and Carla
Subin, Leland and Ellen Wilson, and Steve and Andrea Wood. We have also
received five anonymous gifts.
We encourage any parents who would like to participate in this campaign
to get in touch with Kelly Hilton-Green in the Development Office.
The Pine School kicked off the final phase of their highly successful uKnight Capital Campaign. The event was hosted at the beautiful Rybovich Marina in West Palm
Beach. The campaign, which has already exceeded 50% of its goal, has been bolstered by an anonymous one million dollar gift and a $500,000 matching gift. In addition
to the exquisite backdrop of the marina, guests enjoyed the sounds of The Pine School’s Steel Pan band and were treated to a view of the planned Arts/Multi-Purpose
building through stunning augmented reality
Annual Fund 2014/2015
On behalf of the students, faculty, administration and Board of
Trustees, we want to thank the entire Pine School community for the
support given to the 2014/2015 Annual Fund Campaign. Every gift
goes directly to provide resources above and beyond what tuition
covers. Your Annual Fund gift provides opportunities for our school
to benefit through academic and programmatic enhancements.
With your support we were able to surpass our goal of $340,000. A
list of our donors can be found online.
100 Years of Cars
In January, we had perfect South Florida weather as we welcomed
about 150 classic vehicles onto our campus for our 8th annual 100
Years of Cars. The show was a success, and we raised $30,000 for the
Debbie Textor, Lisa Afshar, and Pat Baum led an amazing team of
parent volunteers in putting together our ONE KNIGHT Evening
at Auction in March. Over two hundred guests were treated to
a black-tie evening of exquisite food, matched with some of the
world’s best wines. Both silent and live auctions were a success, and
the overwhelming generosity of our guests provided for a fantastic
evening that was topped off with dancing the night away.
9th Annual Knight Run Another Huge Success
The 9th annual running of The Knight Run In Color was a tremendous success this year. This year’s event included 186 runners and a small army of
Hosted for the first time on a Saturday morning there was also a shorter version of the run for kids eight and under. The course, which worked its way
through the beautiful Hobe Sound 142-acre campus with color stations throughout.
“This event always has such a positive feeling and this year was no exception,” shared Director of Development Kelly Hilton-Green. “We want to thank our
main sponsor Gail and Taina Honey from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in Stuart. Justin from Anytime Fitness in Hobe Sound also helped to make
this event a success.”
Other sponsors were Camp Mataponi and The Isdaner Family, Oceana Coffee, Beaches MRI, Florida Health Martin County as well as Caler, Donten,
Levine, Porter & Veil accountants.
Jodi Pereira served perfectly as the Knight Run Chair and was supported by a great committee: Marcy Isdaner, Marilia Giordano, Tara Martin, Regina
McClimond, Beth Lettengarver and Theresa Hampton.
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THE PINE SCHOOL
The Big Transition Top 5 Lunches
Baseball legend Willie Stargell once stated “Life is one big
transition.” While life is constantly changing, one of the biggest 54321.....MTPhTGaaaucrcmniolkp/easkdNgniindavCicnRchhgheoaeedvesdiiseonaelniyer
transitions in life is college. Without a strong foundation to help
guide you, it is very difficult to adapt in the new environment.
The Pine School focuses on making sure each and every student
is as ready as possible, and students are benefitting immensely.
"Attending The Pine School definitely prepared me for
Dartmouth. Teachers at TPS encouraged me to form my own
opinions about things and fostered my love of learning; these
two things have greatly benefitted me in my first term at the
-Christina Reagan (Dartmouth College): Class of 2015
“So much time in high school is spent readying you for college,
but once you get there, you realize that no one is really ready.
It’s a huge change, no matter who you are. Still, I think that even
if The Pine School couldn't prepare me for the drastic change
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funny to see. once got kicked in
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"I always enjoy
to share ideas
Haas Presents At
◀ Mathematics and Physics
teacher Karlheinz Haas was
invited to present several sessions
at this year's Florida Council
of Teachers of Mathematics
including one dedicated to
addressing the abundance of
data and statistics all around us.
◀ As part of the ongoing Freshmen Seminar, guest yogi
(and Board Member) Sandra Price led the 9th Graders
through a yoga/guided breathing/relaxation class.
In addition to taking on the topic of Stress
Management, the group has also worked on
Public Speaking, Goal Setting, and Time
◀ 3rd Grader Jace
the spoils that
come with power
as he reigned over
campus as Head
for the Day!
The Kindergarten class had the chance to prep apple cobbler with Chef Kelly as part of their
section on Johnny Appleseed. Best part - they got to enjoy the fruit of their labours at lunch
Congratulations to Senior Emily Rynasko (featured here with Fine Arts◀
teacher Maria Miele) for receiving mARTie Award nominations in both the
Performing and Visual Arts. The mARTies are hosted by the Arts Council of
Martin County and recognize student achievements in the arts.
TPS Report 19
The Pine School knows how to do Halloween
What made this year especially special was the fact that the entire School celebrated together including a costume parade, pumpkin carving contest, and a Senior hosted
7th Graders Recognized By Duke TIP “We applaud the
Eight Pine School 7th Graders (which represents 32% of the class) qualified for the prestigious efforts of these
Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Duke TIP is a global leader in identifying shared Head of
academically gifted students. School Phyllis Parker.
“The Pine School is
The students are: Ryan Decina, Alaya Fagan, Rachel Goldman, Grace Hampton, Faith Hill, Jack Squier, proud to be helping
Ana Torchia, and Stephen Weller. them reach their full
potential as a student
To be eligible, students must have scored at or above the 95th% on any one accepted subtest or approved and as a contributing
state criterion-referenced test. young person.”
Duke will register qualified seventh graders to take either the ACT (no Writing) or the current SAT as an
above-level test. This allows students to have greater insight into their abilities and gives them a chance to
preview a college entrance exam. Duke also provides students and their families with valuable benefits and
enrichment resources designed specifically for academically talented youth.
The National Junior Honors Society collected
donations during the month of October to
benefit the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Students
dropped off the donations at the sanctuary
and toured the facility. ▶
Head of School Phyllis Parker, Director of
Admission Beth Lettengarver, and Assistant
K-12 Director Garry Sullivan at the annual
Florida Council of Independent Schools
Conference in Orlando.
The event was attended by over 2,000
administrators & independent schools and
featured keynote speakers and dozens of
Additionally, Science Dept Head Carl Moore
was a presenter.
Eileen Pittman's 3rd Grade class welcomed special guest Liz Plasket from The Rotary
Club of Stuart. On behalf of her Club, Ms. Plasket delivered dictionaries to every child.
The Rotary Club also funds the publishing of the student's Jr. Author books.
Middle School students volunteered time at River Cove & Stuart Causeway to
restore and deploy oysters as well as participate in a beach cleanup. "We had a great
time," shared Dr. Vincent Encomio of The Florida Oceanographic Society. "The
Pine School has great students." "Beside learning so much about oysters, the impact
that the trash under the bridge had on the students will stick with them forever,"
added parent and Pine School River Kidz coordinator Nic Mader. ▶
◀ On Veterans Day, the entire Pine School community gathered to recognize and
celebrate the contributions of all of those who have served our country in the armed
forces. This annual assembly, which has been a tradition for over twenty years, included
the National Anthem sung by senior Emily Rynasko, readings by students, a performance
by the Chamber Ensemble, and special guest speaker Hans Heinz of the U.S. Marines.
“You can thank me if you want but it was truly a pleasure to serve my country,” shared
Heinz during his address. “Even though I faced many challenges, I’d do it all over again in
a New York minute.”
The assembly also featured a musical number sung by Grades Kindergarten through 5th
honoring each division of the armed forces. The morning also served as a successful Open
House for the School - attracting 25 families and over 60 people.
"The Pine School is closely linked with our commitment to honor and recognize those
that have served our armed forces,” summed up Head of School Phyllis Parker. “Our
Patriot Scholarship directly supports the children of Veterans and our annual assembly
gives our students an opportunity to learn about and reflect on all that these brave men
and women have sacrificed for our Country."
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Legally Blonde Smash Success
The Pine School’s Performing Arts Department presented the musical Legally Blonde over the weekend to two sold-out audiences. The talented cast of
almost 50 strong performed with energy and enthusiasm under the direction of Sean Carlson.
“After weeks of rehearsal in every nook and cranny we could find on campus, I am unbelievably proud of the performances,” shared Carlson.
The musical follows the adventures of Elle Woods (played magnificently by senior Emily Rynasko) as she heads to Harvard Law School to pursue love only
to discover a strength and new perspective she never expected to find. Ryan Chimelis ‘17, Chloe Janson ‘18, Logan Messer ‘19, Callum Brown ‘16, and Emily
Smith ‘18 all handed other lead roles with poise and gusto.
“Each year, it amazes me to see the kids who join the musical with little to no experience and
how quickly they learn the ins and outs of performing,” summed up Carlson. “Additionally,
having everyone on one campus really helped to build the excitement and camaraderie.”
Second to None
Junior Chase Hyland enjoyed
another stellar XC season. In
addition to leading the team to
a District Championship, he
won and set a course record at
The Pine School Invitational,
earned District & Regional
Champion, and finished an
impressive 4th at the State
Meet in Jacksonville.
◀5th/6th Grade Soccer went undefeated
◀ Sophomore and XC runner Claire ◀ Congratulations
Barber placed second at The Pine to our Pine School
School Invitational before becoming students, under
the District Champion - with teacher Lauren
impressive finishes at Regionals and Zaremski, who
States. competed in the
in Tampa, Florida
at the Bob Thomas
(Senior) earned First Place in her Jumping Division and
Lexi Smylie (8th grader) earned Third Place in her Jumping
ATHLETIC NEWS TPS Report (sports) 23
◀ Middle The Pine School is
School pleased and excited
Soccer went to announce that
undefeated. Matthew Sofarelli will
be the School’s new
PS Athletic Director. This
port follows an exhaustive
search that included
orts) two agencies, three
months and over 40
from across the
country. “We are
excited to have
Matt join our team,”
shared K-12 Director
Nathan Washer. “I
have admired Matt
as an opposing coach for years and I look forward to working
with him on continuing to develop our athletic program. He
has strong connections with many student athletes and has
established an admirable reputation within our community.”
Matthew Sofarelli has a BA from Syracuse University and his
Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of
Education. He is a Florida certified teacher in Social Studies for
grades 5-12 and English 6-12. Currently, in addition to being
the Head Coach for Jensen Beach High School’s Lacrosse team;
he serves on numerous school and countywide committees.
Mr. Sofarelli will leave his position with the Martin County
School District and become a Pine School faculty member
officially on January 1, 2016.
Mr. Sofarelli was on the NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Team
for Syracuse University from 1996-2001. Mr. Sofarelli lives in
Palm City with and his wife and two children.
◀◀ Swimmers fine showings at States!
Senior Caroline Schirmer finished 8th overall in both the 200 Freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Junior Olivia Wilson placed 15th in Diving.
The Pine School Cross Country Invitational - 12 schools, over 300 runners. Varsity Boys win! Chase Hyland places 1st & sets course record. Claire Barber places 2nd
A big congratulations to two of our student-athletes who have just signed letters of college
commitment. (From left) Ali Denney to South Carolina (Beach Volleyball) and Caroline Schirmer
to Auburn (Swimming).
◀◀ Garrett Barber - A Golfer Beyond His Years
5th/6th Grade Volleyball went undefeated (Middle School V-ball advanced to Championship Talk about a golfer on a roll. Sophomore Garrett Barber
Game). continues his impressive streak with a number of recent
honors and recognitions. In addition to being named by TC
Book Review Palm as an All-Area Player, he is widely recognized nationally
by John Barnes as one of the top players in the USA for the graduating class
I came upon Carl Hiassen's of 2018.
latest novel, Skink - No Recently Garrett broke the 18 hole school record with a 4
Surrender, thanks to a under par 68.
hurried search on Amazon.
Though surprised when I “As all great players,
realized it was teen fiction, I he has great work
thought the book had all the
right elements: mystery, suspense, ethic,” shared Varsity
and plenty of Florida geography and culture. The Golf Coach Arlen
summer adventure of two cousins who get mixed up
with a shady character one meets online just to avoid Bento Jr. “Garrett is
being sent to boarding school was the perfect hook. exceptional at staying
Hiassen's laid-back style and command of all things focused on what he is
Florida made for a quick and enjoyable read, perfect doing at all times and
for a quiet Sunday afternoon. has a burning desire
Up and Comers - Depth is a huge asset to
The Pine School’s Athletic Department. Not
only do we have stand-out participants in
pretty much every sport but we also have
younger stars that still have years to develop
their skills as they constantly strive to reach
new heights. Our team of coaches shared
thoughts on just a few of tomorrow’s stars.
Cross Country: Sailing:
Christopher Textor, ‘18 Celia Walsh, ‘18
“Consistently a top runner “Celia's skills as
for TPS, Christopher is a sailor continue
a quiet competitor who to grow she has
is respected by his entire been the team's
team. He is also a gifted soccer most dedicated
player and a talented musician.” member. She really
- Beth Lettengarver has made herself
the heart of this team
and I look forward
to great things from
her in the seasons to
- Nathaniel Osborn
Golf: Andie Smith, '22 Soccer: JJ LaCorte, '18
"Andie has shown exceptional talent “JJ is an exciting talent who is welcomed back after a year long battle
and drive - both of which served her with injury. He has come back stronger than ever and will be a player
well as she placed 5th with a score of all opponents fear this year. He is an awesome talent who will be a
81 in the Regional Finals at Osprey thrill to watch in games this year.” - Nathan Washer
Golf Club. With continued hard work
she has the potential to become an
elite player." - Arlen Bento Jr.
Grace Hampton, ‘21 - Grace is the
type of player every coach wishes for.
She is hardworking, a true team player,
and a great character influence on the
rest of the team.” - Ariel Chimelis
BEHIND THE LENS
A TPS Alumni Spotlight
The Pine School has earned a well-deserved reputation for running an inspiring and technically challenging
arts program. I recently caught up with two Alumni that have developed their love for the arts (and
specifically photography) into exciting postgraduate live paths. Shaye Babb and Gianna Izzolo are
both talented photographers who have committed to elevating passions that grew stronger while they were
students at The Pine School. Shaye has completed an intensive photography program in NYC and recently
returned to the Treasure Coast to start her own photography portrait business and lent her skills to take the
twins portrait that appears in this edition. Gianna, niece of photography teacher Maria Miele, is completing
her senior year at the renowned School of the Arts of Chicago University and is keeping her options open to
where life takes her.
I recently caught up with these two proud Knights to connect on their experiences here and how those
prepared them for life beyond.
Your portraits are beautiful. How do you approach each subject?
Whenever I am photographing someone, my goal is to make them feel
comfortable and beautiful. I’m a goofy person so that usually makes the other
person loosen up too. I love having fun on shoots and taking candid shots of
If money wasn't an object, what kind of subjects would you prefer
If I have a camera in my hands I am a happy girl! But I would love to shoot
lookbooks for clothing companies. I really enjoy working with models both in
and out of the studio.
Shaye Babb, Class of 2014 Do you work elsewhere currently to help pay the bills
Given your age, I'm guessing you didn't go the traditional 4-year Thankfully I don’t have too many bills just yet, but I am always saving up to
college route. What led to that decision and what photography invest in photography equipment. I recently got a job at Christopher’s Kitchen
training have you had? on PGA. I am a health nut so it is the best job I could ask for! I am so lucky to
It was a very last minute decision! I was planning on staying in Florida and have two amazing jobs that I enjoy doing every day.
attending FGCU but when I visited The International Center of Photography
in NYC during a trip to see my relatives, I fell in love. The thought of living in
NYC, where I didn’t know a single soul was scary, but I knew it was where I
belonged. It was amazing to be around people that I had so much in common
with. At ICP I studied every aspect of photography from studio lighting, digital
fine art printing, and photoshop to how to work in a dark room and process my
What prompted your move back to Florida?
After my intensive year of study in NYC I was ready for a break! I grew to love
the city but I still thought of Jupiter as home. I may end up back in the city, but
for now I am enjoying growing my business in my hometown. I also missed my
Talk to me a little about any art training you received at The Pine
School and how that prepared you for taking your photography to
the next level?
During my years at TPS, I learned the basics of photography and got to be a part
of some of the art shows. It was great to be a part of AP Photography because
I learned how to write an artist statement and create a cohesive body of work.
Shaye Babb Photography
However, I am not the type of person to completely rule out any opportunities.
If I had to choose, I would prefer the concept of teaching in a workshop setting
versus teaching as a living.
Gianna Izzolo, Class of 2013
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If money weren't a consideration, what sort of subjects would you
prefer to shoot?
If money wasn't an object, I would probably be traveling across the world,
shooting and volunteering in Northern India. However, I also don't like to
feel limited to opportunities or experiences solely because of money. If there
is something specific that I want to shoot, I will do everything in my power to
make it happen.
So you're attending one of the most celebrated schools of art and How has your four years at the Institute shaped what you plan to
design in the country. Go back in time a bit and share with me take on next?
your feelings about getting in and that whole process. I believe that SAIC has prepared me more for the future than any other school
Receiving the acceptance letter from SAIC changed my entire college would have been able to. My time spent here has dramatically changed the way
application process around. I had the mindset of going to NYC and attending that I view everything in life. I have learned so much about myself solely from
Parsons for almost my entire high-school career. However, receiving the art-making. However, the art-making is not the only thing that has changed me
acceptance letter from SAIC felt so much more special, and made me realize for the better. Art school is very different and really hard. However, if you make
that I should probably not rule out SAIC as an option. Now almost halfway the best out of your education while you are there - living in this beautiful city
completed with Junior year, I can confidently say that I am so happy that I chose while attending one of the most accredited art schools in the country - you will
Chicago over NYC. I wouldn't trade this experience and opportunity for the come out of the four years as your truest self, and to me, that is one of the most
world satisfying feelings in the world; To be doing what you love and to become who
you've aspired to be.
As you're working your way now through your senior year, are
you able to reflect on ways The Pine School helped develop your
interest in art and prepare you for what lay ahead at the Institute?
I feel incredibly grateful to have graduated from an institution like TPS, where
the arts are so heavily supported by everyone. I was lucky enough to have Maria
Miele, visual arts director and my aunt, as my art teacher at TPS. I can proudly
say that I would not be where I am today without the motivation and inspiration
that my aunt has given me throughout my entire life.
You really connected with some of our photography students last Gianna Grace Photography
year with your master class. Have you thought about teaching?
I always value the opportunity to teach people more about art, specifically
photography. I find that it comes easily to me and of course, I feel a huge sense
of self-satisfaction when I see others becoming more and more interested in the
field. I have never really thought too much about teaching as a long term career.
ALUMNI NEWS St. Michael's Eighth Grades Class of 1999
Mark Gage sends regards from the Hospital of Joint Diseases at New York University where he
CLASS OF 2014 works as an Orthopedic Surgeon. Mark was married in 2014.
As part of College Counselor Janet Pacifico's California tour she visited St. Michael's Eighth Grades Class of 2004
Loyola Marymount and was treated to a tour of the campus with Katelyn Christopher Gage graduated from the University of Florida School of Law in 2015 and is currently
Afshar - seen here with Katelyn and L.M. Admission Counselor Michael working as a Florida State Attorney.
CLASS OF 2015
Annemiek Doedens and Ryan Reynolds showed up to cheer on their former
XC team at The Pine Invitational. Annemiek even scored shotgun on the lead
Darby Goodwin, as a freshman at Villanova University, was selected as the
Big East Conference swimmer of the week following her strong performances
at various high-level meets.
The Pine School always welcomes Alums and their families to visit campus. * If you are a Pine School Alum or have news of one, please share those for future
(from left) DeeDee Lucido, P '01, P '03; Dr. Cynthia Gustafson-Willert, P '01, Round Table editions. All news can be emailed to [email protected]
P '06; Judy Chamberlin, Former teacher and Director of Admission; Debbie by 4/15/16. Don't forget to "like" The Pine School Alumni Facebook page.
Textor, P '18, P '20; Phyllis Parker, Head of School, P '96, P '97; Kathy Kramer,
P '01, P '06; and Paula Bird Rimer, P '90, P '96, P '96, P '01, P '06
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