North Shore Country Day students, staff and faculty gathered in the Auditorium to celebrate the beginning of a new school year. Below is a press release with more information:
Each year, students, faculty and staff at North Shore Country Day School gather in the Auditorium to celebrate the new school year at Opening Morning Ex. And each year, the program has a similar flow: Third Grade Teacher David Green recites a poem, Head of School Tom Doar delivers his welcoming address, the School’s ASSIST international student is introduced, Tom Doar reads a children’s book to all, opening remarks are made by the “lifers” – students who are beginning their 14th and final year at North Shore, the entire School sings the school alma mater and fight songs, and finally the lifers and their junior and senior kindergarten buddies ring the school bell as the student body looks on and cheers.
The traditions are well established, but each year there is a freshness and a new energy to the program. This Opening Morning Ex, held on Wednesday, September 3, was the first in the newly renovated Auditorium; ASSIST student, Veselin “Vesko” Nanov ’16 from Bulgaria was introduced to the North Shore Community, bringing new experiences and culture to the 2014-2015 school year; a new group of “lifers” has been ushered in; and as Head of School Tom Doar reminded us in his latest blog post, “we’ve all come back a little bit taller (www.nscds.wordpress.com).” In addition to the returning students, North Shore welcomed 118 new students and seven new faculty members.
Matthew Cherner-Ranft of Pennsylvania joins North Shore as Lower School 5th Grade Assistant Teacher and Tennis Coach. He has a B.A. in government from Cornell University, a J.D. from University of Miami School of Law and is an alum of The Haverford School. Matthew also completed an intensive Spanish language study and cultural immersion program in Madrid, Spain. Most recently, he was the Middle School Tennis Coach and Varsity Tennis Assistant Coach at The Haverford School. Matthew was also captain of the Cornell men’s tennis team and a private tennis instructor.
Erik Cooper of Wallingford, CT is our new Upper School Dean of Students. He has a B.A. from Dickinson College in early American and Caribbean History, an M.A. from Boston University in early American and Atlantic history, and is an alum of The Lawrenceville School. Prior to joining North Shore, Erik was a History Teacher, Head of House of a large boy’s dormitory and Head Coach of the varsity football program at Choate Rosemary Hall. He also has experience at Northfield Mount Hermon School as a Teacher, Coach and Dorm Parent, and held positions in publishing, marketing and advertising.
Katie Creighton of Lexington, KY has been named Middle School Math Teacher. She has a bachelor’s of general studies in middle grades education and mathematics, and an M.A. in teaching from Georgia Southern University. Katie comes from Sayre School in Lexington where she taught 6th-11th grade mathematics. She also served as Community Service Coordinator for the Kentucky Refugee Ministries where she organized student volunteers, led donation drives and helped with housing for incoming refugees.
Katie Foster of Chicago joins the School as Middle School Chorus Teacher and 6th Grade Drama. She has a B.A. in secondary music education from DePaul University. Katie was a Middle School General Music Teacher and Choral Director at The Willow Academy in Des Plaines and most recently Advanced and Honor Choral Director at UIC College Prep in Chicago. In addition, she was Gospel Choir Director at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge.
Marcy Giesler of Chicago is a new 2nd Grade Teacher. She has a B.S in elementary education from Indiana University. Marcy has experience teaching 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade since 2009. Most recently, she was the 1st Grade Assistant Teacher at Francis Parker School in Chicago.
Gabriel Leggott of Claremont, CA comes to North Shore as Upper School Admissions/College Counseling Associate. He has a B.A. in environmental analysis and political studies from Pitzer College where he also completed a study-abroad program in Quito, Ecuador. Gabriel was captain of the Pomona-Pitzer Swimming team. He also has experience in the Office of Admission at Pitzer College.
Lauren Griffin Marica of Chicago joins North Shore as Development Assistant. She has a B.A. in international studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an M.P.A. in public service management from DePaul University. Lauren comes to us from Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital where she was the Philanthropy Coordinator. She also has experience as a project manager at Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development and an Account Representative and Global Goodwill Ambassador at The Warranty Group (Formerly AON).
North Shore Country Day School, established in 1919, is a college-preparatory school of 500 students in grades junior kindergarten through 12th grade, located at 310 Green Bay Road in Winnetka.