Sixty-three reunions have passed since Leonard Majzlin ’57 graduated from George School. Over the course of that time, however, one question has continued to occur to him every year: “Is there something this year I can give back to George School in return for the gift it gave me?”
As a long-time professor at New York University’s Steinhardt School where he continues to teach in a graduate program of Educational Communications and Technology, Leonard clearly understood the challenges facing George School faculty with the onset of the pandemic. This past spring, he and his colleagues swiftly converted to online teaching to finish out the semester. He too faced the same challenge that awaited George School in the fall.
When he heard that George School needed support to help faculty develop their online skills this past summer, Leonard responded. His significant gift underwrote the stipends that faculty received for professional development.
According to Meredith Baldi ’01, Director of Professional Development, “Leonard’s gift was so valuable to our faculty. They felt such appreciation for the institutional support for their work and development over the summer. While many wanted to rest and recover from the stress of the spring, this gift encouraged everyone to full-heartedly put their time and energy into a collaborative learning program.”
The work invested by the faculty has made a world of difference. It provided a level of comfort and assurance that their knowledge and understanding of their online skills prepared them to confidently welcome students in the fall and offer them the best possible academic experience.
During the pandemic, we have seen many gestures of school support in all areas of endeavor, but when this new and unique challenge suddenly presented itself, we are extremely appreciative that one alum heard and understood the call and responded immediately in such a positive manner. We are grateful that Leonard Majzlin ’57 has continued to keep the needs of George School on his mind for over six decades.