Under the Trees
Under the Trees, George School’s e-newsletter, is delivered to your inbox on the first of the month. We are excited to share stories of alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and students who are making an impact at George School and around the world. Each issue will also include a calendar of upcoming events and opportunities to engage with us. To ensure continued receipt of newsletters, please make sure to update your information. If you have previously opted out of emails and would like to receive them again, please let us know by contacting the Alumni Office.
January 2023 Issue
December 2022 Issue
November 2022 Issue
October 2022 Issue
Jō Adachi, the painting and drawing teacher at George School, creates as both a teacher and artist, educating with the mantra that everyone can develop the skills to be an artist with the right mindset and approach. Many of Jō’s students have gone on to have careers as artists and built the foundation of their creative process at George School.
September 2022 Issue
Sean Vereen, Ed.D. ’95 serves as President of Steppingstone Scholars, an educational social mobility organization that helps low-income students in Philadelphia to navigate pathways to college and the workforce. Building on the leadership skills he learned at George School, Sean is leading a growing organization that is impacting the lives of students and their families.
June 2022 Issue
Teresa Liang ’23 is one of George School’s journalistic leaders who uses her talent as a writer and editor to publish the student-led newspaper, Curious George. “Journalism is an extension of my interests and I thought joining the Curious George staff would be a great opportunity to make new friends,” said Teresa.
May 2022 Issue
Nancy Zurn Bernardini has served as coach, teacher, mentor, and friend, impacting multiple generations of students through athletics and physical education at George School since 1978. As she prepares to retire at the end of this school year, Nancy reflects on her coaching philosophy, what she is most grateful for, and the one memory that stands out during her time here.
April 2022 Issue
March 2022 Issue
Lucy Lang ’99 was recently appointed as Inspector General of New York, overseeing more than a hundred executive agencies, handling investigations into corruption, fraud, and abuse at the executive level across the entire state. She reflects on her time at George School and her career in public service.
February 2022 Issue
Susan Trickle Holland ’56 and Werner Muller ’56 met and dated their senior year at George School, and were engaged to be married. Two years later, Susan decided to call things off. They never saw each other nor communicated again until 2018, almost sixty years to the day when they originally planned to get married.
January 2022 Issue
December 2021 Issue
Four generations of familial connections embody the bond that exists between George School, Newtown Friends School, and Pennswood Village for Tom ’73 and Kathy ’75 Rogers (ffac), P’05, ’08. Childhood, young adulthood, and elderhood are all represented in the three distinct communities, linked by geographic proximity, but bonded by a shared foundation in Quaker education.
November 2021 Issue
October 2021 Issue
September 2021 Issue
John and Jackie Streetz left their mark on George School in many ways, but most of all on the students. John was hired in 1950 as the first faculty member of color and Jackie as the first administrative staff member of color. They stayed at George School for sixteen years and as there was no path to follow, they created their own.
Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admission Mike Murray discusses financial aid at George School. “In my experience, George School is the most socioeconomically diverse campus I have ever been a part of and that is thanks to the investment the school makes in financial aid,” said Mike.
August 2021 Issue
July 2021 Issue
June 2021 Issue
Thanks to an extraordinary gift from Steven Kauff ’80, George School was able to reopen campus in the safest and most equitable way for the entire student body given the challenges of the pandemic. In making his gift, Steven decided to invite his classmates and others to join him to help the school cover the significant additional costs associated with creating a new on-campus environment.
Olaa Ahmed ’22 has embraced an astounding number of leadership roles on campus and is one of the most active and passionate members of the George School community. “I feel like it is my job to make George School a better place while I am here and after I leave. Leaving an imprint is important to me,” said Olaa.
May 2021 Issue
Our Quaker heritage is at the heart of a George School education. It guides us in all aspects of School life. As the Class of 2021 prepares to graduate on Saturday, May 29, faculty members Becky Hutchins (science department) and Scott Seraydarian ’90 (arts department) reflect on their roles as Class Sponsors and the Commencement traditions they hold dear.
April 2021 Issue
While living in southern California, Janet (TR) and Michael Roy P’08, ’09, ’13 contemplated moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to family. In researching schools, the Roys discovered George School and were immediately drawn to it for its academic rigor, along with the diverse and inclusive community.
March 2021 Issue
February 2021 Issue
Law or theater–that was the decision Mo West considered for many years, even contemplating starting a consultancy to advise and teach trial lawyers how to present their opening and closing statements as she considers this the equivalent of theater’s script analysis. Thankfully for George School, Mo selected theater.
Musical Theater and Chorus had a huge impact on Brian Wise ’93 TR and it was through George School that he discovered this. “When you submerge yourself in the arts, you leave all your anxieties behind,” said Brian. “The arts helped shape who I am. I felt proud and special to be part of the theater program at George School.”
Students Jake Maglio ’22 and David Xi ’21 may have found theater through different paths, but continued to study it at George School because they both realized the impact it had on them. Jake was involved with community theater before attending George School, and David discovered theater at his international middle school in China.
January 2021 Issue
When Ann Yu ’21 arrived at George School, she was excited to find that the School boasted a robust woodworking and design program. “I enjoy building things by hand and constructing things that have function and purpose,” said Ann. “Woodshop is the intersection of artistic expression and functionality.”