In order to honor faculty who have made long-lasting and extraordinary contributions to the Academy, the Board of Trustees has established the Elgin Academy Faculty Excellence Program.

Through this program, the Board will establish specific board-designated funds to honor, at their retirement from Elgin Academy, teachers who have served the school for 20 years or more. Each fund will be developed in an area meant to represent the teacher’s contributions to the lasting quality of the Academy.

The Karen Bazos Fund for the Promotion of Lower School Science

Established in honor of Karen Bazos, this fund supports one of her primary passions. Karen taught with an emphasis on hands-on experience and believed that students learn best when their minds and hands are engaged. She demonstrated a particular passion for the teaching of science and the ways that it would promote exactly that sort of learning. This fund will be used to purchase additional equipment to enhance the teaching of science and the creation of opportunities for hands-on learning in our Lower School. The fund will be considered endowed when it reaches $25,000, or in three years from its approval by the Board. Donate to this fund.

The Frederick Fletcher Fund for Independent School Teaching

Established in honor of Frederick Fletcher, the longest serving teacher in Elgin Academy history. “Fletch” as he is commonly known, leaves a legacy of a career in independent school teaching, serving as the traditional “triple threat” teacher who teaches, advises and coaches. Fletch has always embraced the multitude of impacts a teacher can have on the lives of his/her students and alums.

A new recipient will be named every two years and will be a teacher who truly embraces the importance of working with all students on a variety of levels. He/she will be someone who willingly creates opportunities to educate students in and out of the classroom.

This fund will be considered endowed when it reaches $25,000, or in three years from its approval by the Board, and at this point the draw on it will be used to supplement the awardee’s salary in the form of a stipend. This money can be used in the way chosen by the named faculty member to enhance his/her professional growth. The recipient will also be responsible for sharing the resulting opportunities with his/her colleagues, thus multiplying the impact. Donate to this fund.

The Mary Hannert Open Space Fund

Established to honor Mary Hannert, the founder of our Early Childhood Education program. This fund will become part of the endowment, and upon reaching the level of $25,000, or in three years from its approval by the Board, the yearly draw will be put towards the continuing costs of both improving and maintaining our play spaces and grounds. This fund reflects Mary’s belief in the importance of outdoor education and play in the lives of young learners, and is also a fitting tribute to an avid gardener who truly appreciates the beauty of our campus environment. Donate to this fund.

The Stephanie Merrill Chair in the Teaching of Writing

Established in honor of Stephanie Merrill, long-time Upper School English teacher. Stephanie’s greatest contribution to Elgin Academy’s students is her insistence that they use writing, in all of its myriad forms, as a way to find and express their voices. This chair will be given on a two-year rotation to a teacher who incorporates writing into his/her work on a regular basis and encourages its use to help students gain the crucial skills of self-expression so important in impacting the world around them.

This chair will be considered endowed when it reaches $25,000, or in three years from its approval by the Board, and at this point the draw on it will be used to supplement the recipient’s salary in the form of a stipend. This money can be used in the way chosen by the named faculty member to enhance his/her professional growth. The recipient will also be responsible for sharing the resulting opportunities with his/her colleagues, thus multiplying the impact. Donate to this fund.

The Establishment of Other Endowed Funds

If a particular donor wants to establish a fund in honor of a community member who is not eligible for such recognition as described above, that donor will work with the Development Office to establish such a fund. In order to do so, the donor will need to make a $25,000 contribution and multiple year annual fund commitment.

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