In our Spring 2022 issue, we take a look at Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw's leadership and vision for the future of the school; delve into a new approach to innovation with IDEAS@PD; hear about computer science teacher Rebecca Roemer's experience growing up in the dot.com era and how that continues to influence her teaching; explore the many changes occurring to the physical campus; and much more!
At Providence Day, Heads of School have traditionally done most of their work in offices and behind the scenes. Cowlishaw, as the sixth person to hold the position at PD, brought a new visibility. And soon, he took it to a different level entirely.
Anna Cockrell ’16 had a big year in 2021: She won two national championships in 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles competing on the University of Southern California track team. Then, it was on to the summer Olympics in Tokyo, where she represented Team USA and won two heats to
make it to the 400 meter hurdle finals.
Ryan Welsh proudly wears the badge of “Provocateur in Chief” for Providence Day. His 14-year trajectory at PD may have had fairly traditional origins, but it has led him to become Chief Design Strategist, a position that is ever more integral to PD’s path moving forward.
This was my experience upon meeting my Professor of Physics, Dr. Ronald Brown. His teaching philosophy was summed up in three letters: F-U-N! Dr. Brown taught with such enthusiasm and passion while connecting technology, hands- on experiences, and real-world applications. His mentorship and passion led me to where I am today.
The first-ever Providence Day School Hackathon welcomed over 170 PD students to campus on a Saturday last October. Small groups of participants in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools had fewer than three hours to answer a prompt, provided the morning of the Hackathon, which challenged students to produce a solution.
Carol Lawrence reflects on 15 years of teaching and coaching at PD.