Established as an endowment in the fall of 2014 through an incredibly generous donation of $500,000 to the school by Bobby and Melissa Frist, the Faculty Endowment Enrichment Fund provides Harding’s faculty members with summer enrichment opportunities and the ability to pursue an interest or activity toward personal growth, which may include travel, special programs or projects that are not directly related to their area of teaching or professional development.
By giving our teachers a chance for personal and professional growth and rejuvenation, Harding is favorably positioned to recruit highly qualified and engaging teachers from Nashville and around the country. But more importantly, Harding students benefit from their renewal. With their renewed insight, our faculty has the ability to maximize learning in the present while building a robust path of academic growth from grade to grade, and from subject matter to subject matter.
In the past two years, faculty members have traveled to California to investigate the implications of new research on the brain and its impact on learning, spent time at Carnegie Hall in New York City learning a variety of band instruction techniques, explored outer space through Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, discovered the science and culture of Scandinavia, and studied art and architecture in France.
This summer’s recipients of the Faculty Endowment Enrichment Fund, who have spent their time strewn across the globe in the pursuit of personal passions that will undoubtedly translate into an impactful student experience during this new school year and beyond are:
Jason Embry, Asst. Athletic Director and Physical Education, will be exploring Greece from Athens to Corinth to Arcadia to immerse himself in the history of the Olympic Games.
Anne Swift, kindergarten, is heading to the Lake District, Yorkshire, and the Jurassic Coast of Great Britain to chase the ghosts of Beatrix Potter, the Brontë sisters, and Mary Anning.
Tuttie Derrick, middle school Spanish, will be heading to Cuba in order to explore the Cuban culture and Spanish culture in a country that has only recently opened to American travel.
Pam Rhett, lower school music, will spending a week in Chautauqua, New York, at the Chautauqua Institution, which “promotes excellence and creativity in the appreciation, performance, and teaching of the arts, host lectures, and the performing arts.”
Joren Erickson, first grade, will travel to Spain and indulge in his passion for language and photography while he travels in Seville, Rota, and southern Spain.
Catie Caldwell, first grade, will head to Canyon Ranch for a week-long health and wellness experience ranging from hiking, walking, mindfulness, and the science of fitness.
We are very excited and look forward to reporting back on these experiences over the next number of months.