Mr. Post's philosophy class, debating a complex ethics questions at Innisfree Gardens my senior year. With some students sitting on low tree branches and others in the grass, we engaged in a heated and thoroughly engaging philosophical debate that ended up continuing for weeks and weeks. We loved it!
We didn't have Winter Weekend when I was a student at Millbrook. I do remember that we had one day every trimester that was a "community day," where we all pitched in with various projects on campus. I always loved those days and found that they helped build a strong sense of community among students and faculty. I hope Winter Weekend helps build that sense of community.
As I mentioned earlier, my long-standing interest in political philosophy began with Mr. Post my senior year. Although my path has meandered somewhat, I have never really strayed from my passion for political issues. After graduate school, I took several years away from my career to be with my two boys. Having sunk roots in the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado, I began looking for ways to contribute to our community. I decided to run for the town council, and two years later, for mayor. I have now been Nederland's mayor since April of 2010. While the job comes with many challenges, it brings together two of the abiding interests/commitments I took away from Millbrook: political philosophy and community service. It's safe to say that my experience at Millbrook School not only opened doors, but more importantly, shaped my interests, values, and commitments.
I took Tom Post's philosophy class my senior year at Millbrook. It was such a challenging and fascinating experience that I ended up majoring in philosophy at Dartmouth College. (I don't think I was the only student from that class who majored in philosophy!) I focused on both educational and political philosophy and then went on to earn a doctorate at the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Although I was working on educational issues, my main focus was - and continues to be - political philosophy. The fascination that Mr. Post instilled in me has lasted throughout my career.
The zoo! I always loved going down to the zoo and spending some quiet, contemplative time away from the hubbub of school. I still make a point of visiting the zoo with my two boys whenever we are in the Millbrook area.
Millbrook School gave me so much, so it feels very natural to want to give something back. I have always felt committed to supporting the school and helping ensure that other adolescents have the same opportunity as I did to have their lives shaped in such positive ways by their high school experience.
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