Old Trail Welcomes Home Former Educators

We were delighted to welcome back an intimate gathering of retired OTS faculty and staff members to campus this morning.
The group – which collectively served Old Trail for a remarkable 242 years! – was recognized at Community Assembly, reconnected and reminisced over coffee with Head of School Sarah Johnston and several other current staff members, then took a tour of the school.
 
Joining us were:

  • Joanna Bird (school psychologist,1990-2002)
  • Judy Brookhart (teacher, director of admission, service learning coordinator, 1981-2008; special assistant to Head of School, 2010-12)
  • Kathy Fry (kindergarten teacher, 1983-98; part-time assistant, 1998-2000)
  • Mary Johnson (grade 5 teacher, 1987-2016)
  • Margaret (Margy) Liske (librarian, 1984-2003)
  • Vickie Nagel (performing arts teacher, 1974-2017)
  • Jancie Newhouse (grade 4 teacher, 1986-97; grade 5 teacher, 2008-10)
  • Jodi Palumbo (kindergarten and grades 3 and 6 teacher, 1976-94; director of admission, 1994-97)
  • Karen Patterson (English and social studies teacher, 1982-2005)
  • Penelope (Penny) Thompson (grade 2 teacher, 1981-2006)
  • Marilyn Wilson (substitute teacher, 1997-99; grade 7 language arts teacher, 2004-11)
Included in the group were six recipients of the Catherine Silver McNamara Award (presented annually to recognize outstanding service to student achievement ) as well as six individuals who served the school for 20 or more years! We were honored to recognize these outstanding educators and their immeasurable contributions to our school community!

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Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.