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The Teri Hassid Art of Teaching Lecture

Prior to the 14th annual Art of Teaching Lecture presented by teacher Isabel Dominguez, Head of School Bo Lauder announced that the annual lecture has a new name. “It is my great honor and privilege to announce that the award will have a new, expanded name in perpetuity: The Teri Hassid Art of Teaching Lecture,” Bo said. “This is in recognition of Teri’s 40+ years of service to thousands of students, mentorship of hundreds of teachers and her always collegial and respectful partnership with dozens and dozens of administrative colleagues.” The Art of Teaching Lecture series was created and endowed as part of the Lift Every Voice Campaign. Teri, a faculty emerita who retired from Friends in 2014*, was on hand to accept the honor. (*Teri returned to Friends in 2016 as a Middle School Head leave-replacement for a semester.) She began her career at Friends in 1978 as a Middle School language arts and social studies teacher. She left in 1982 and returned in 2004 to serve as Lower School Head.

On Wednesday, April 13 Art Teacher Isabel Dominguez delivered The Teri Hassid Art of Teaching Lecture in the Great Room. During her lecture, Isabel discussed why she has chosen a career in teaching children how to make art. Congratulations Isabel!

Previous award recipients include:

  • Stefan Stawnychy- Reckoning with American History (2020-21)

  • Steve Borowka- Drama Through The Stages: Life Skills and Learning Opportunities For All Students (2019-20)

  • Nadim Bawalsa, Balal Joundeya, Joseph Sills, Anna Swank Bothwell- Celebration: Friends Commemorates 10 Years of Arabic (2018-19)

  • Susan Schwartz- The Intersection of Collaborative Relationships And Brain Science (2017-18)

  • Sue Beyersdorf- Multiplying A Love for Mathematics (2016-17)

  • John Byrne- “Accidental Educator” From Ireland to Friends (2015-16)

  • Lauren Cohen, Elizabeth Grossi, Hassan Wilson - Education As A Journey Inward And Outward (2014-15)

  • Christel Johnson- Domina-Virgin-Mater-Trix, Ancient Labels Contemporary Struggles: Tracing The Feminine From Homer To Hilary (2013-14)

  • Courtney Retzler- The Wonder Of Metamorphosis: Monarch Butterflies And The Minds Of Children (2012-13)

  • Charlie Blanc- The Living Constitution: Teaching Law At Friends (2011-12)

  • Fred Schubert- The Atom: A Subtle And Fruitful Idea (2010-11)

  • Maria Fahey- The Teaching Metaphor And Shakespearan Drama (2009-10)

  • Daphne Taylor- Quilt Drawings (2008-08)


We're All Grown Ups Now with David Lieber

On April 14, the Friends community gathered together in the Great Room and on Zoom for the Alumni Council’s “We’re All Grown Ups Now” event celebrating Dave Lieber’s 32 years at Friends. Former students, current and former faculty as well Dave’s family attended the event.

David Lieber interviewed by Christian Hoyos '13


What is Juneteenth? by Kirsti Peters, Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

On the evening of April 20, community members filled the Great Room to hear author Kirsti Peters, Director of Diversity, Equity and Belonging at Friends, share her experience in writing What is Juneteenth?, a children’s book published by Penguin Random House. During her presentation, Kirsti also provided an overview of the important holiday that celebrates the end of chattel slavery in the United States. She shared stories from Juneteenth celebrations, both past and present, and discussed the history that led to the creation of this joyous day.

Her book features 80 black-and-white illustrations by Manuel Gutierrez and is part of the New York Times best-selling “Who/What Was…?” series, offering informative accounts of key historical events.

Following the presentation, Kirsti signed copies of her book for attendees. To learn more about Kirsti’s book, visit


Lower School Meeting For Worship

For the first time in more than two years, parents of students in Grades 3 and 4 were invited to attend Lower School Meeting for Worship in the Meetinghouse. Lower School parent Rebekah Klipper shared, “Being back in the Meetinghouse was so special. The last time we were all together, my son Leo was a tiny first grader. Now he is a proud third grader. Looking around though, it felt like no time had passed. Being together felt natural. When they sang the silence song, we all felt the emotion. I can say that every parent there was so thankful to the School for allowing us back together.”


Botanists at Work!

Grade 4 students are finally seeing the fruits (or rather vegetables) of their labor! From imbibition to dormancy to growth, the students recorded growth data as their seeds germinated. They will continue to make weekly observations to record changes in plant size and leaf developments.


Friends Students and The AFYA Foundation Come Together to Support Ukraine

A group of Friends students recently traveled to the AFYA Foundation in Yonkers to sort and pack medical supplies for a relief pallet headed to Ukraine. Organized by the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice at Friends, the volunteer trip helped support AFYA’s Disaster Response Hub and the US-Ukraine Foundation.

Friends students and The AFYA Foundation come together to support Ukraine


Grade 9 Students

On April 7, Grade 9 students held their retreat at Camp Bernie in Port Murray, New Jersey.



The newly formed Boys Volleyball Team defeated Berkeley Carroll, in their first match! The future is bright for Friends Seminary boys volleyball!


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