Joyce Wagner joins language department

After six years of retirement, Joyce Wagner will be returning to the World Languages Department to teach a section of Latin II at the Upper School. Since her retirement in 2013, she has spent her time consulting for Paramount Pictures, consulting for movies like Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. While she spent most of her […]

Alex Daum ’20 studies Jewish community in Spain

Latin American and Iberian Studies Fellowship recipient Alex Daum ’20 researched the history and present-day societal status of the Jewish community in Spain by traveling to six different cities: Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Córdoba, Girona and Barcelona. Daum said he initially contacted those in the Spanish-Jewish community with connections to his Synagogue in Los Angeles. He […]

Otis Gordon ’20 studies the art of Japanese Bonsai

Otis Gordon ’20, a recipient of the Asia Initiative Fellowship, traveled to Japan for three weeks to study of the art and culture of Japanese Bonsai. During his trip, Gordon visited Osaka, Takamatsu and Tokyo, where he visited a temple and meditated with a monk. “He taught me this type of meditation called Zazen meditation, […]

Amelia Koblentz ’20 received fellowship to travel to Lake Titicaca

To combine her interests in religious anthropology and archaeology, Latin American and Iberian Studies fellowship recipient Amelia Koblentz ’20 traveled to Lake Titicaca, which is located on the border between Peru and Bolivia, to explore the religious beliefs of the indigenous people living there. Koblentz visited Cusco, Puno, Copacabana and La Paz to learn more […]

Scarlett Strasberg ’20 receives fellowship to research Chinese film industry

Scarlett Strasberg ’20 traveled to Shanghai, China to research the development of China’s film industry after receiving the HWGo! Asia Initiative Fellowship. Strasberg attended a filmmaking camp run by the Shanghai University Film Academy, where she interviewed members of the entertainment industry. She also took a short trip to Hangzhou and watched several plays.“Despite the […]

Bin He joins Chinese department

Bin He will join the Upper School World Languages department this August. He will teach Chinese II, Chinese IV and Post-AP Chinese during the upcoming year. “I’m so glad that I can work with so many highly engaged students together,” He said. “At the same time, I’m looking forward to working with my students together […]

Nate Fox joins performing arts department

Nate Fox joined the Performing Arts Department as an Assistant Technical Director this year after working as a technical director at Northern Arizona University. Fox said he is excited to help set up the light and sound requirements for on-campus events such as choral and dance performances. “The position of Assistant Technological Director is [one] […]

Conor Thompson joins visual arts department

After substitute teaching photography at the school for two months last year, Conor Thompson will join the Visual Arts department full time to instruct Drawing and Painting classes. Thompson started painting in high school when he was 14 years old. He earned his bachelor’s degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his […]

Seniors elect speaker for Ring Ceremony

To continue the tradition established last year, the Class of 2020 elected English teacher Sara Cohen as their faculty speaker. Cohen will deliver the closing speech at this year’s Senior Ceremony on Sept. 15. “I’m extremely honored to have been chosen to speak,” Cohen said. “[I’m] totally surprised. I had to read the email from […]

Gohar Movsisian joins math department

Gohar Movsisian joined the Upper School Mathematics Department this upcoming year to teach Algebra II with Analysis, Precalculus and Precalculus: Trigonometry and Functions. Movsisian worked as the chair of the mathematics department at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenion School, a K-12 school in Los Angeles. Movsisian previously taught Algebra II, Precalculus, Advanced Placement Calculus and […]