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Brent Larsen will be officially retiring this summer after spending the last year on sabbatical. He taught for 34 years in our Lower School, and we will sorely miss his wisdom and advocacy for his students. He shared his love of music, animals, and travel with hundreds of children, and showed remarkable insight into how young learners develop (link to Kathy's article). Brent plans to continue tutoring, and we hope to see him on campus occasionally. Congratulations to Brent on his retirement!
Kathy Adams will be retiring after 17 years of service at Rowland Hall. She has been an invaluable member of the marketing team for the past 11 years, writing many exceptional pieces for school publications, managing the annual report, and networking with media throughout the larger Salt Lake community. Prior to her marketing work, Kathy taught for six years in our Beginning School. Her two children also attended Rowland Hall, Lindsey ('06) and Walker ('09), and we know their family will stay connected to the school long into the future. Congratulations to Kathy on the adventures that await her!
Sarah Lenhart will be leaving us at end of this school year after seven years teaching in our Upper School science department. Sarah has been a thoughtful, professional, and kind colleague, and shown dedication to the success of her students both inside and outside the classroom. She has left her mark on the community, most recently through a partnership with Anni Schneider to improve science lab and storage safety schoolwide. While Sarah's departure will be a loss, we have no doubt she'll find success in her next challenge.
Natalie Kaplan, valued 4PreK lead teacher, is leaving us after five years to accept a position teaching third grade at another local school. She has been a wonderful member of our Beginning School community, always demonstrating a desire to grow and a willingness to work hard. We will miss her positive attitude and collegiality, and wish her all the best in her new role.
Sarah White, eighth-grade science teacher and Middle School cross country coach, will be leaving Rowland Hall at the end of this year to teach at another local school. Over the past five years, Sarah has collaborated with colleagues to integrate Next Generation Science Standards throughout their curriculum, and pushed the envelope of experiential learning by developing a snow science field study unit with a trip to Big Cottonwood Canyon. We will miss her energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to her students, and wish her all the best moving forward.
Mady Dalley, our Middle School Extended Day program coordinator and SummerWorks counselor, is leaving after two years to seek adventure in Costa Rica. Mady has been a resourceful and versatile member of our staff, and she has demonstrated exceptional kindness and creativity leading our young learners through summer projects and afterschool activities. We will miss her dearly next year and wish her all the best!
Laura Kiechle '05, Rowland Hall alumna and Beginning School administrative assistant, is departing after two years to pursue further study. Laura has left an indelible impression on our community with her sharp sense of style, easy rapport with parents and students, and eagerness to contribute. While we will miss her dearly, we are excited to see where her talents will take her, and wish her much success.
Amy Fry, our Middle School ensemble dance teacher, will be moving on after one year at Rowland Hall. She brought fresh new ideas and enthusiasm to the program, and was a huge asset to our full-time arts faculty, especially with the production of the dance concert. We will miss her energy and professionalism, and wish her well in her future endeavors.
Lianna Lopez, our Beginning School morning enrichment teacher and outdoor teacher for the past year, is leaving Rowland Hall to pursue a master's in education from the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College. Lianna has brought an amazing energy to our enrichment program, and she will be missed.
Barbara Matkin, Upper School receptionist, will be leaving after one year at Rowland Hall to accept a position at East High School, where she previously worked. Barbara has been a thoughtful, organized, and gracious member of the Upper School community, and while we will miss her next year, we wish her all the best.
Katie Tyser is finishing up her one-year term subbing for Margot Miller (sabbatical). As our seventh-grade world studies teacher, Katie held her students to high standards, and was an upbeat colleague, always open to collaborating. She was instrumental to the success of International Night. Katie was a substitute in all four divisions prior to this year, and plans to continue in that capacity, so we'll probably be seeing her on campus frequently!