At the end of each school year, GDS is proud to honor exceptional faculty members with the award listed below. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!
The James P. Hendrix Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to a faculty member who exemplifies the highest standards of teaching and professionalism. This year’s recipient is Sonny Willis ’96 (pictured above).
The Carla D. Dowler Tradition of Caring Award is presented annually to a member of the preschool/lower school community (teacher, parent, or other adult) who reflects an approach to learning and life that values kindness and sensitivity to others, a determination to succeed, a love for learning, and an abiding respect for teaching children. This year’s recipient is Ariel Everett.
The Brooks Endowment for Sabbatical Leave is presented to encourage research, writing, and unique cultural experiences. The multicultural emphasis creates the opportunity for our teachers to expand their own horizons and then to return to teaching to share a renewed and different sense of purpose with their students. This year’s recipient is Christine Brennan.
The Alumni Extra Yard Award is presented annually to two recipients by the GDS Alumni Association. This award recognizes teachers who go “above and beyond” to impact another person’s life, a program or their community. This year’s recipients are Kelly Sipe and Brandon Bickham.
The Edward G. Dickinson Environmental Award is named in honor of the first recipient, former Middle School Director Ed Dickinson, who championed sustainability initiatives and education on this campus throughout his 35-year tenure at GDS. This award is given annually to a student, faculty or staff member, board member, or group within the GDS community who have exhibited extraordinary environmental leadership. This year’s recipient is Craig Head.
The Britt Faculty Award encourages and equips interested faculty to promote the exploration of the natural world, to coax creative expression, and to influence their students through teaching. The award was created in memory of alumnus Russell Britt ’97. This year’s recipients are Carey Jackson-Adams, Karen Lawyer, and Sarah Rose Mosh ’06.