Posted on: Nov 13, 2018
The Common Ground Campaign: celebrating and rewarding excellence in teaching.
Recognizing that the most important element of an outstanding education is the quality of the faculty, several donors made gifts to celebrate and reward excellence in teaching.
The Judith ’57 and Jean ’29 Pape Adams Master Teacher Chair in the Arts.
The inaugural Judith ’57 and Jean ’29 Pape Adams Master Teacher Chair in the Arts was awarded to Byron Shen, a Holland Hall Middle and Upper school art teacher for more than 20 years and an award-winning professional artist in his own right. The endowment was established by the Judith and Jean Pape Adams Foundation. Mr. Shen said, “This is a tremendous honor. I am extremely flattered by such a prestigious award and acknowledgment. I feel a deep sense of humbleness and commitment to Holland Hall and the Judith and Jean Pape Adams family.”
The Craft Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The Craft Award for Excellence in Teaching, established by Kathleen S. Craft in honor of her son, JW Craft, and his family, is awarded annually to an outstanding faculty member who goes above and beyond their classroom teaching responsibilities. Named in May of 2018, the first award winner is Ms. Lori Swisher. Ms. Swisher has been an outstanding member of the Holland Hall faculty for eleven years, teaching music in the Primary School and leading the school’s Middle School Honor Choir. Said Ms. Swisher, “The impact of (this) gift causes me to pause and look around in gratitude at the amazing faculty I work with every day as well as all the wonderful families that also call this place home. I’m just a regular person that has been so lucky to spend my life doing what I love at a place like Holland Hall.”