The magic at Proctor happens in a series of moments, one stacked upon another, building the momentum and excitement within the soul-filled community we get to experience each and every day. Walk with us through the Top 10 most read blog posts of 2022!
#1 A Legacy of Leadership: Remembering David Fowler
Proctor was transformed into the school it is today under the leadership of former Head of School David Fowler. For 25 years, David boldly led Proctor, and his passing just before Reunion 2022 encouraged all of us to reflect on his legacy of leadership and our responsibility to steward Proctor into the future. Read more HERE.
#2 Proctor Arts: Shrek the Musical
From faculty and staff (and their children) playing key roles in the show to our Head of School Brian Thomas making a cameo as Shrek's father in the opening scene to a talented cast of students from all corners of campus, Proctor Drama's production of Shrek! The Musical was truly a community-wide show. Check it out HERE.
#3 Remembering John Pendleton
Most educators enter the field soon after college or graduate school. They cut their teeth as young teachers, learning to manage classrooms, teams, and dorms, to gain expertise through experience as only teaching can provide. Rarely does a teacher decide to enter the profession at the age of 62. Even less often (perhaps never?), does the former Chair of the Board of Trustees decide he wants to start a new career teaching and coaching at the age of 62, but such was John Pendleton’s approach to life: always learning, always growing, always seeking to make an impact. Read more HERE.
#4 Ocean Classroom 2022: Launches from Charleston
Proctor's winter 2022 Ocean Classroom program, aboard the Harvey Gamage in partnership with Sailing Ships Maine, launched from Charleston, South Carolina in January 2022. The nine-week journey finished on March 8, 2022 in Mobile, Alabama as students from both Proctor and the MET High School and Big Picture Learning, both of Providence, RI, explored the historic roots of these two southern ports, and the open waters in between. Read more about this historic voyage HERE.
#5 The Class of 2022: Choosing Joy
During the 1990s, Proctor adopted an informal motto: Attitude is Everything. Every now and then you will see some tattered t-shirts on our most veteran faculty with the block print reminding us of the importance of this mindset. The Class of 2022, through their positivity and resilience, lived this motto to their core. Through quarantines, disappointment, and fear, they chose joy. It permeated each and every corner of campus. Read more HERE.
#6 Simple, Great Acts of Love: Edna Peters
For a teenager, especially one who is living away from home at boarding school, a smile, food, and hug are the simplest, most profound acts of love one can receive. Edna Peters, GP ‘11, ‘14 made sure that each Proctor student who walked into the dining hall experienced all three forms of love each day for more than 40 years. Today, we celebrate her life and her profound impact on the Proctor community. Read more about Edna’s impact on Proctor HERE.
#7 Mountain Classroom: Big Bend and the Rio Grande
Proctor's Mountain Classroom program kicked off the New Year with a trip to Big Bend National Park and canoe excursion down the Rio Grande. With high winds and cold temperatures challenging them along the way, the group continued to bond, grow, and learn from each other and the environment in which they are living. Read more from their adventures HERE.
#8 Proctor Athletics: Hall of Fame Inductions 2022
Proctor Academy launched an Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 with the intent of recognizing athletes, coaches, and teams who have distinguished themselves as outstanding contributors to athletics while at Proctor and who have continued to exemplify the values core to the community: respect, responsibility, compassion and honesty in their personal and professional lives. During 2022 reunion, we publicly recognized three classes of inductees. Read more about these individuals and teams HERE.
#9 Proctor Academy Achieves Gold Certification for US Ski and Snowboard
Since the 1940s and 1950s when all students were required to ski during the winter months, Proctor Academy’s identity has been rooted in snow sports. Today, the school is proud to announce that U.S. Ski & Snowboard has named Proctor Academy a Gold-certified club, the highest honor granted by U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Read more HERE.
#10 Believing in a Kid’s Potential
At each of his professional stops, Tom Eccleston brought an appreciation for structure, accountability. He believed deeply in providing students, especially the 9th graders with whom he loved to work, both firmness and compassion that set clear expectations for students. In his firm style of teaching, he was telling students that he believed in what they could accomplish, even if they did not yet believe in themselves. Read more HERE.