As the school year came to a close over the last weeks we also took time to acknowledge the important work of faculty members leaving the Hilltop this year. At our Baccalaureate service May 24, we celebrated departing teachers and their contributions to our community — and during Alumni Weekend and at a community gathering Tuesday evening we honored those who’ve devoted more than 15 years to St. George’s. Joining retiring science teacher Tom Evans on that list are Associate Head of School for External Affairs Bob Weston and Chinese teacher Mike Wang.
Bob leaves the school after 28 remarkable years of service in several roles that touched the lives of thousands of alumni. At heart an English teacher who shared his love of literature enthusiastically with both wit and humor, Bob Weston was also a devoted and skillful coach of boys’ varsity basketball, soccer and cross-country. In addition to his current role as Associate Head of School for External Affairs, he served as Director of Advancement, Dean of Faculty and Director of the Summer Session.
Longtime friend and English Department colleague Beezie Bickford, now Dean of Faculty, said she has admired Bob since they joined the faculty together in 1990: “I felt the shadow of your larger-than-life reputation early on. You were quickly the talk of the fourth-form English students — leaping from the floor to the windowsill in one quick motion,” she said. “It was a show stopper, for sure.”
Bob’s wife, Ann, SG’s Director of Special Events for several years, will also be remembered for her kindness and care of students in the dorm and as a warm-hearted, helpful and thoughtful colleague in the Advancement Office. Bob has taken a position with CCS, a strategic consulting firm based in New York.
Mike Wang arrived on the Hilltop in the fall of 2000 and quickly added a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to our then-young Mandarin Chinese program. Along with serving as a dedicated teacher, coach, advisor and dorm parent, Mike was praised for helping the community to better understand and appreciate China’s culture and influence on the world stage. Mike recently passed his CPA exam and plans to return to his native China to pursue a career in business.
We wish all our departing faculty much happiness in their transitions away from the Hilltop. You will be missed.