Global Online Academy courses meet academic needs ahead of their time; math teacher Randy Sienkowski reflects on his Downing/Williams Faculty Chair of Excellence Award; science teacher Sarah Goodman inspires a passion for science; Marcus Smith shares his approach for teaching African-American literature at Providence Day; two PD supporters offer matching gifts in honor of the school's 50th anniversary; and, Charger connections with our alumni last a lifetime.
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Four years ago, Eric Hedinger successfully pursued his vision of allowing PD students to plug into a global network of online courses to supplement and enhance their in-person learning.
He had no idea how far ahead of his time he was.
Randy Sienkowski became the second person named to the Downing/Williams Endowed Chair of Teaching Excellence, a position he holds for the 2020-21 academic year. The title was established in 2018 with the philanthropic support of alumni parents Nancy and Bruce Downing, parents of Yates ’12; Charlotte ’14; Tommy ’17; and Michael ’19. Endowed Chairs are synonymous with exceptional faculty and teaching excellence. The recipient receives a stipend and a professional development award.
Thoughts on a journey from educator to environmentalist to award winner.
The February issue of Charlotte’s Pride Magazine contained a feature spotlighting teacher Marcus Smith and his approach to teaching African-American literature at Providence Day.
Two PD supporters offer matching gifts in honor of the school’s milestone year.
Marriages aren’t the only lifelong bonds formed among Providence Day alumni - the strength of PD friendships endures in powerful ways, too.
“Lifers” Lewis Dancy and Matthew Heyd met in 1975 while attending first grade with 39 other classmates at Providence Day. Thirty-seven years later, Heyd was the officiant at the marriage of Lewis and his husband Michael in the chapel of the Church of Heavenly Rest in New York City.