Celebrating its 141st Commencement, Holderness School honored the great Class of 2020. While we could not gather on Livermore Common, we celebrated these seniors in a touching -- and our first-ever -- virtual Commencement ceremony. Although far apart, the strong bonds of the Holderness School family were palpable today as we welcomed these amazing seniors as our newest alumni!
With calls for racial justice reverberating across the nation and the world, schools everywhere - including Holderness School - are grappling with questions of how to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive places to learn, live, and teach. It’s in that environment that English teacher and Dean of Students John Lin is actively mentoring the next generation of school administrators of color.
A big part of what makes Holderness School so special are the teachers. This summer, we’re taking the time to get to know just a few of the amazing educators who call Holderness home.
Today, we’re meeting Jiabao Mei, the school’s Mandarin teacher. A native of Guangzhou, China, Jiabao just completed her first year of teaching at Holderness - and she's the first native Mandarin speaker to ever teach at the school. Here, we ask Jiabao about the challenges of learning a new language, the importance of understanding other cultures, and how she found a home in the Holderness community.
Inside Out Back: 50 Years of Adventure Education at Holderness School premiered on FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube June 30, 2020 at 7 pm. The documentary, filmed and produced by Holderness alumni Jake Norton '92 and Josh Povec '94, goes behind the scenes during the school's 50th Out Back program, explores the history of Out Back, and its impact on student’s Holderness experience.