The Rubicon

Departing teachers reflect on time at SPA

Departing teachers reflect on time at SPA

Maddy Fisher, RubicOnline

May 29, 2020

As the year draws to a close, seven members of the Upper School staff plan their departure.

Scott leaves behind teaching and coaching legacy after 25 years

Scott leaves behind teaching and coaching legacy after 25 years

Tristan Hitchens-Brookins and Annie Bottern

May 28, 2018

US math teacher Mickey Scott is leaving after the end of this school year, and now she is ready to move on from the SPA community.

Retirement reception honors Boulger, Nash, Polk and Scott

Retiring teachers Mickey Scott, Lucy Polk and Bill Boulger listen to the student performance.

Nitya Thakkar, RubicOnline Editor

May 24, 2018

Students, faculty and alumni celebrated Bill Boulger, Mickey Scott, Marty Nash and Lucy Polk at their retirement celebration on May 24.

Boulger leaves behind a golden age of the math department

Boulger leaves behind a golden age of the math department

Peter Blanchfield and Noah Raaum

May 24, 2018

US Math teacher Bill Boulger leaves SPA after nearly 50 years of teaching and advising his peers and students.

Polk will miss students’ curiosity in retirement

Ms. Polk will retire this year after 34 years of teaching at SPA.

Flannery Enneking-Norton, RubicOnline Editor

May 14, 2018

US English teacher Lucy Polk will be retiring from SPA after 34 years of teaching.

Nash reminisces on her growth after 33 years

Nash reminisces on her growth after 33 years

Mimi Geller, Director of RubicOnline

May 9, 2018

US Art Teacher will retire this year after 33 years in the Arts Department at SPA.

Harness will be missed after 17 years at SPA

Ms. Harness retires on Jan. 13th

A.M. Roberts, Contributing Writer

January 13, 2017

Annie Harness leaves SPA after 17 years of keeping attendance and smiling at students.

After 34 years of teaching Finch plans to see more of the world

Upper School history teacher John Finch will retire after 34 years at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. “I don’t have any immediate plans to travel, but what I’d like to do is combine my interest of travelling with some community service in other countries,” Finch said.

Laura Slade, Dir. of Social Media/ Contests Coordinator

May 31, 2014

History teacher, coach, and advisor are only some of the roles John Finch has played during his 34 years at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. He is among the longest standing faculty members at the school, and will be missed when he retires at the end of this school year. Finch joined the SPA community...

Cummins retires after 44 years

After 44 years and multiple positions at St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Judy Cummins is retiring. “ I think an important quality in a new Dean is an exitement... for your discipline and being a good role model for the students,’’ Cummins said.

Paul Watkins, Science & Technology Editor

May 30, 2014

Upper School Dean of Students Judy Cummins, faculty at SPA for 44 years, has, not surprisingly, had her fair share of students come through her offices. “I started as a French and German teacher in 1970. I went to school in Germany where I learned French [instead of the required English]... I actually...

After retirement Barsky will miss exciting experiments, student engagement

Upper School biology teacher Tina Barsky will miss interacting with her students. “It’s heart warming,” she said.

Paul Watkins, Science & Technology Editor

May 30, 2014

Upper School Biology teacher Tina Barsky has had many memorable memories over her 20 years at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. “I started out as a substitute teacher in 1994 and was hired part-time a year later,” she said. “I actually started as a Wellness teacher before I taught 7th grade...

Jewett shares clay-filled memories from the last 40 years

Upper School fine arts teacher Robert Jewett has had many memorable experiences in his 41 years of teaching. “There are too many [memories], really. But I’ve had wonderful students and when I leave that’s what I’ll take away,” Jewett said.

Paul Watkins, Science & Technology Editor

May 30, 2014

Upper & Middle School Fine Arts teacher Robert Jewett, over his 41 years as an art teacher, has had many memorable experiences at St. Paul Academy and Summit School. “In the old days we’d make the clay from scratch. We’d get bags of powder and we had a huge mixer and mix 600 pounds of clay...

Jewett bids farewell to long career

Upper School Fine Arts teacher Bob Jewett stands by his artwork in his show at Drake Gallery. “I think working clay is so much fun, that it’d be hard for someone to not experience that kind of satisfaction and joy of pulling the clay,” Jewett said.

John Wilhelm, News Editor

February 20, 2014

“When I first saw someone sit down at a wheel and pull a pot out of clay,” Upper School Fine Arts teacher Bob Jewett said, “It was the most magical thing I’d ever seen.” Quite some time has passed from that realization to today, including the foundation of St. Paul Academy and Summit School’s...