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GDS Honors Those Who Served in The Cottage

GDS Honors Those Who Served in The Cottage

This summer, many on campus came to watch as a construction team began to remove The Cottage, a building which had been part of campus since the 1980s and served as both office and classroom space over the years.

The Cottage was taken down in order to make way for the Helen Monroe Preschool, but the GDS Advancement Office found a creative way to honor this important part of our history. On September 11, 2023, current and former faculty and staff who taught or worked in The Cottage were honored at a faculty meeting and presented with a brick from The Cottage with an engraved plate reading, “Clearing the path to a brighter future, one building at a time. Thank you for your service in The Cottage.”

Cottage brick with engraved plate

Happy Waller, who taught at GDS from 1974–2011, taught the first class of students in The Cottage and pioneered the early childhood program that would become the GDS Preschool. “I have so many fond memories from my teaching in The Cottage,” she said. “We had our own playground and kitchen, so it was the perfect place to watch young students play, learn, and grow. I always knew that Greensboro Day School would continue to expand, and it’s wonderful to see the plans for the future.”

Chief Philanthropy Officer Dr. Ian Patrick said that it was a pleasure to honor those who served in The Cottage over the years. “Even as Greensboro Day School looks forward to our exciting plans for the future,” he said, “we believe it is also important to honor and remember our past.” 

We would like to thank the following current and former faculty and staff for their service in The Cottage:

Lived in The Cottage

Wayne Gordon*
Edo Mlatac ’97

Worked in The Cottage

Dennis Smith
Mike Crabtree*
Brano Milicevic
Ron Stanfield
Todd Wrenn
Calvin Davenport
Vlatko Kasic
Sead Pozderac
Danny Rose
Daniel Silvers

Oversaw The Cottage

Gillian Goodman
Laura Shue
Diane Borgmann
Susan Pyron
Carla Dowler*

Taught in The Cottage

Happy Waller
Emilee Transou
Lorie Jones
Carly Lucas
Courtney Sowers
Linda Mansfield 
Tiana Walden
Kaye Tutterow
Laura Yawn