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Pittsburgh Parenting Blog by Sewickley Academy

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Q&A with SA's New Senior School Science Teacher Mary Brayer

 

We are very pleased to welcome home Mary (Harbist) Brayer, Sewickley Academy Class of 2006! Mary went on from Sewickley Academy , where she was a star athlete and member of the Cum Laude Society, to the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in History magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 

After serving as a Summer Science Teaching Fellow at Phillips Andover, Mary was awarded a Science Teaching Fellowship at St. Paul’s School (New Hampshire), where she taught biology. Subsequently, Mary was a member of the science faculty for seven years at the Pingree School in Hamilton, Massachusetts, where she taught biology, chemistry, and AP environmental science.

In addition, Mary coached varsity field hockey and was the head coach of junior varsity lacrosse. She was also regularly recognized by her colleagues, who routinely nominated her to mentor faculty new to Pingree. Mary is delighted to be returning to Pittsburgh and her alma mater!
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Q&A with SA's New Dance Teacher Heidi Murr

Heidi Murr joins the Performing Arts Department as our new dance teacher. Heidi has spent the last several years as a dance instructor and coordinator at Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School in Pittsburgh, where she developed their dance program from scratch. Skilled in modern, ballet, and jazz, Heidi has also been a guest artist at Shady Side Academy’s Junior School, working with students in their after school program. She is also the founder of her own Modern dance troupe, MURRdance, and has performed locally in the Kelly Strayhorn NewMoves Festival. Heidi holds a BFA in Dance, magna cum laude, from The Ohio State University.

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Q&A with SA's New Senior School Math Teacher Christy Fairman

Christy arrives at Sewickley Academy after nine years of teaching boys at St. Paul’s School for Boys in Brooklandville, Maryland.  Earlier in her career, she taught girls at the St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virgina, teaching science as well as math. She is pleased to teach boys and girls together here as she joins the Senior School Math Department.

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Q&A with SA's New Director of Human Resources Robert Allison

Robert "Bob" Allison arrived on Sewickley Academy's campus on May 13, 2019, from Washington & Jefferson College where he served as the Director of Human Resources. He started that role in 2013 and served as a Human Resources Specialist for seven years prior to that. As a complement to his extensive experience working at the college level, Bob also has corporate experience from his time at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., where he served in the local Pittsburgh office as a Human Resources Clerk and Recruiter.

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Q&A with SA's New Middle and Senior School Art Teacher Kate Mason

Kate Mason joins Sewickley Academy from St. Edmund’s Academy, where she has served for the last eight years as a Lower and Middle School art teacher. Prior to that, Kate taught Middle and Senior School art in the Connellsville Area School District. She began her teaching career in the Avonworth School District. In addition to her school-based teaching experiences, Kate has also taught at the Pittsburgh Glass Center, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, and the Braddock Creative Arts program, where she taught ceramics.

A graduate of Washington and Jefferson College, with a B.A. in Art Education, Kate went on to earn her Ed.M. in Art Education from Carlow University. She also holds the Pennsylvania Level II Teaching Certification in Art Education K-12. In her work with students in the art studios, Kate seeks to help students make connections with their learning from their academic courses. For her, learning in all subjects is connected. We are very glad to welcome Kate to the art studios of Sewickley Academy.

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Topics: Faculty

A Love Letter to Toni Morrison

Sewickley Academy Head of School Kolia O'Connor read the following remarks to faculty and staff during the 2019-2020 Opening of School Meeting in August.

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Topics: Head of School

10 Maze Runner Read Alikes [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

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10 13 Reasons Why Read Alikes [INFOGRAPHIC]

 

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Pittsburgh Proud: Nine Books Set in our City

We love Pittsburgh! If you do too, and you love to read, check out the nine books below set in the Steel City.

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Top 10 Checked Out Books From Hansen Library in 2019

Have you ever wondered, "what are the most checked out books from the Hansen Library?"

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