April 13, 2021

As an upper school English teacher, I am fortunate to read so much writing, in all genres, from our students. I am repeatedly impressed and moved by the depth of thought, intentionality of craft, and creativity of language these 14- through 18-year olds share with me. Then there is the bravery students display when they reveal some of their deepest fears and worries; their vulnerability is powerful, and it makes their writing stronger.

March 16, 2021

“There’s nothing like the smell of sawdust in the morning to get you excited about school!” I’ve been given the opportunity to reminisce about the time I spent at Grosse Pointe University School as a student and at University Liggett School as a teacher. I had a close affiliation with GPUS and ULS for 47 years. I’ve written this from a very personal point of view. I hope I haven’t given too much detail or in some cases not enough.

December 11, 2020

Almost exactly 31 years ago I moved to Grosse Pointe not knowing anyone outside of my in-laws, and without a job, was becoming a bit restless. My husband told me to reach out to Muriel Brock, who he had worked for during his days as a Liggett Day Camp counselor, to ask about subbing positions.

December 01, 2020

My friend and colleague Therese Chouinard showed me the documentary “A Touch of Greatness” on YouTube a few years ago. The documentary highlights the career of Albert Cullum, an elementary school teacher who - in the 1960s - showed that children learn through robust experiences, through projects, and through play.

November 12, 2020

The Players at University Liggett School gather each spring to plan the theater season for the upcoming school year. This is a thoughtful process of goal setting, idea generation, and conversation about the kinds of shows the group hopes to produce. Last May was an extraordinary time. Unprecedented challenges faced live theater across the state, country, and globe. Upon graduation in 1958 I began my NROTC commitment and spent the next two years (much of it seasick) aboard a US Navy minesweeper as its Engineering Officer, crossing the Atlantic twice.

November 09, 2020

From a small rural Massachusetts village, I was the first in my family of five siblings to attend college. That was Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. Chemistry became my major. Upon graduation in 1958 I began my NROTC commitment and spent the next two years (much of it seasick) aboard a US Navy minesweeper as its Engineering Officer, crossing the Atlantic twice.

October 26, 2020

Over my 43 years teaching at University Liggett School, I have worked for 7 heads of school and for 12 division heads. It all started in 1972 when the head of school Ray Robbins took a chance on a rookie teacher fresh out of grad school, with no teaching experience, and gave me a job teaching 6th grade social studies and language arts in the Middle School.

October 20, 2020

Recently I was going through some papers and came across a photo of my first group of college advisees at the 1995 Holiday Festival.  (Shout out to Class of 1996 members: Mike Howe, Elizabeth Broderick, Brian Legree, Lauren Copeland, Sara Mitchell, Kristin Wright, Kathy Leleszi, Tommy Delisle, Brendan Thomas, and Aaron Montgomery, all from the Class of 1996.)

October 14, 2020

I joined the Liggett School in 1968 as the Girl’s Athletic Director and P.E. teacher. Frank Sladen was head of the school at that time. The school had just moved to Briarcliff in Grosse Pointe Woods a few years before from Indian Village in Detroit. At that time Liggett was an all girl’s school.

October 12, 2020

Students have changed quite a bit in my 33 years at ULS. When I started teaching here the students were closer in age to me and I found them to be mature for their age. I think it had more to do with my perception of their sophistication than their real level of maturity. (I was and continue to be incredibly immature for my age) Students now-a-days seem more innocent to me.

September 24, 2020

There is a term in the theater to describe the stage space when there are no performances or rehearsals scheduled. The space is dark…our stage has been dark for 192 days. The Liggett Players were lucky to have the opportunity to complete the season last year. Strong performances in the fall show turned into an excellent presentation at December’s state theater festival.

June 02, 2020

Dear University Liggett School Community: It is with a tremendously heavy heart that we have watched events unfold across the country this past week. A nation already severely impacted by an unprecedented pandemic now grapples with significant and widespread outrage and unrest, fueled by the ways in which George Floyd’s senseless and tragic death, and other recent events, call into dramatic relief the persistent and unequal challenges – and, indeed, threats – that black and brown Americans face navigating the public arena and its systems and institutions.
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