A Legacy Built of Bricks, a Bit of Magic, 还有很多爱:向2022年汉密尔顿终身成就奖获得者乔恩·格林致敬
March 9, 2022
在本学年——这是他作为汉密尔顿主任的最后一个学年——格林努力筹集了6美元.9 million so far to strengthen and broaden Hamilton’s reach into the future
There are many fantastic words people use to describe longtime Hamilton School Director Jon Green P’03, P’06, P’11. 他们中的一些人是“杰出的领导者”——在下面的视频开头重复了这一点,” “a gift,” and “a little bit of magic.” Now, we can add “Hamilton Life Achievement Award recipient” to the list.
In a series of events on Friday, March 4, 格林被评为2022年汉密尔顿终身成就奖获得者，也是第27届, 它认可那些利用学习上的差异来取得成就的人.
庆祝活动从那天早上开始，格林和低年级的学生一起玩了一轮惊喜的乔恩·格林宾果游戏. A bit later, he spoke to Hamilton students, faculty, staff, 在伊森伯格礼堂向校友们讲述了他在注意力变化中成长的一些经历，以及成为汉密尔顿社区的一员，并在过去三十年中指导学校的巨大发展和影响，对他来说意味着什么. He also answered a few questions. 当一个学生问他30年前加入汉密尔顿时是否快乐, Green said he was very happy. “The school was much smaller, and it was exciting to think about what was going to make it a great program,” he said. In response to another student’s question about why he wanted to be a teacher, Green said, “我认为教育孩子是改变世界、让世界变得更美好的唯一最好方法.”
Green has been making the world a better place over the course of his career. He has taught students with learning differences, counseled and advised parents, consulted with schools, and administered school programs. At Wheeler, 他帮助将汉密尔顿计划扩展到初中和高中，并在学校建立了一年级. He and longtime colleague Jeanette Epstein P’03, P’08 also created the Hamilton Institute, which conducts regular reading screenings for children in the community, trains teachers in the summer, and hosts an annual conference. In addition, Green was Co-Founder of the National Independent LD School Network, 他曾担任多个组织的受托人，包括国际阅读障碍协会, the Rhode Island Branch of IDA, St. Andrew’s School, and The Wolf School.
格林有机会反思这些有意义的经历，汉密尔顿终身成就奖的活动将于周五继续进行. In the afternoon, he participated in a Q&A session with the Upper School’s Learning Differences Awareness Club, and in the evening, 十大赌博网站和汉密尔顿社区聚集在一起，举行一年一度的“注意你的言行”庆祝活动.
In welcoming everyone to the event, Co-chairs Laina Crowthers P’26, P ' 28和Krista Sturtevant P ' 29邀请所有在场的人分享他们对绿色的形容词. Descriptors such as “steady” and “dedicated” quickly surfaced from the crowd.
In addition to serving as a celebration of his accomplishments and impact, “p’s和q’s”也为人们提供了祝福格林的机会，在他稳定而敬业地为汉密尔顿效力了30年之后, he is preparing to retire at the end of this school year. Before presenting him with the Hamilton Life Achievement Award, Wheeler’s Head of School Allison Gaines Pell P’23, P’25 spoke of the legacy of love that Mr. Green will leave behind. “Jon has many achievements that will be lauded for years to come, and these easily make him a worthy recipient of the Life Achievement Award,” she said. “His dedication to children, 加强以汉密尔顿学生的专业认知能力为基础的教育, is second to none. 但我知道——今晚在场的所有人都知道——乔恩的政治遗产中最重要的方面是他建立的关系. He is a kindred spirit – and I don’t just mean to me, as a fellow educator inspired by the many types of minds around us, but a kindred spirit to every student, every colleague, every family he encounters. I think that sums up Jon’s life work and life achievement.”
Representing one of those families, Jacky Beshar P’14, whose daughter Scout attended Hamilton, described Mr. Green as a brick. “Our start at Hamilton was, shall we say, ‘rocky,’” she told the audience. “但经历了这一切，乔恩·格林和他的团队紧紧抓住斯各特，紧紧抓住我们，让我们不断前进. 早年乔恩对我们的支持是如此重要，以至于有一天我在普罗维登斯艺术俱乐部(Providence Art Club)停下来，那里正在翻修人行道，我捡起一块松动的砖头. 我用丝带把它包起来，交给了乔恩，并附上一张纸条，上面写着“谢谢你成为一名员工。.’ That brick is still on Jon’s bookcase. 这是他最喜欢的礼物之一，也象征着乔恩在汉密尔顿的职业生涯中对许多家庭和学生的贡献.
“今年夏天，乔恩告诉我，他想在汉密尔顿度过最后一年，帮助加强和拓宽汉密尔顿的未来, I was not the least bit surprised.”
Ms. Beshar then announced the impact of that effort, with an incredible $6.9 million having been raised for Hamilton so far this year. The funds will support the growth of the Polaris program, which provides guidance and academic support for students with learning differences in Wheeler’s Upper School; amplify the outreach of the Hamilton Institute; and increase financial aid for Hamilton students by 50% over current funding.
“你们的礼物表明，当我们团结起来，团结在我们深深关心的事情上时，我们可以做些什么,” Ms. Beshar said. “像汉密尔顿这样的学校，如果没有希望看到它蓬勃发展的社区的奉献，是不可能出现的.”
When accepting the Hamilton Life Achievement Award, Green described that community as a “kingdom,他还表达了自己是多么感激，能在这么长时间里掌握“我们社会中那些有着不同思维方式的孩子和成年人的王国”的钥匙. “(They are) a loving group of people to be sure,” he continued. “Yes, I think I understand what many of these kids went through, and truth be told, I saw myself in these children all these years. Kid problems don’t freak us out. We roll up our sleeves and with a band of like-minded teachers, we got to make a huge difference in these young lives. Thank you all for giving my life such purpose and impact. How lucky I am, how lucky we are.”