Our Baccalaureate Service on May 23 celebrated the Class of 2019, as well as six members of the faculty who will be departing the Hilltop at the end of this school year. Those leaving us have offered a combined 67 years of service to our students.
Math teacher Sarah Young leaves the school this year to pursue music performance, teaching, and work in nonprofit organizations in the Providence area. Over the last five years at St. George’s, she taught algebra, calculus, and statistics, coached ice hockey, led the Snapdragons a cappella group as well as the pit band for the winter musical, contributed enormously to the musical life of the school, and was a powerful voice for equity and inclusion.
Art teacher Karen Roarke served in many roles over the last six years — teaching visual foundations, photography and painting; directing the Hunter Gallery, advising the Lance, and serving as a dorm parent in Old School. She now intends to work as a scenic artist in major motion pictures and television productions and to spend more focused time in her painting studio.
Dr. Christopher Shaw arrived at St. George’s in July of 2014 after a 19-year career at Phillips Andover Academy. As Academic Dean at SG, he tackled challenging changes around trimesters and APs and moved us into a major curriculum review. He taught Western civilization, economics and Asian civilization, advised the Red & White, and served as a Dean on Duty and advisor.
Since arriving on the Hilltop in 2009, Ed Mudrak chaired the music department, directed the ensembles, taught a range of courses, recharged Spring Dance Weekend, and created the SG Pops as well as the SG Music Department Facebook page. His songwriting class inspired many a St. George’s student. A talented trumpet player, Ed performed killer renditions of “The Saints Go Marching In” at the All Saints Day chapel service and performed with his band Sugar at Winter Formals and Alumni Weekend.
Dr. Bob Wein arrived at St. George’s in 1999 from Southern Connecticut State University, where he had been a physics professor for seven years. In his 20 years here, he chaired the science department, taught courses ranging from AP physics to design science and energy and ethics, coached soccer and softball, and helped to create the Seeds of Change program. Bob is moving to Philadelphia to teach physics at Germantown Friends School.
Allison de Horsey has worked at St. George’s for the last 25 years and is now moving on to create design-thinking workshops for nonprofits, schools, and businesses nationally and globally. Since she arrived on the Hilltop in 1994, Allison served as Chair of the French department, taught all levels of French, coached tennis, and served as an advisor and dorm parent. For the last 10 years, she focused on developing a new and innovative curriculum, and served as the Director of Global Programs, SGx, Signature Programs, Internships, and GCIP.