Retired and Former Employees

Welcome, retired and former faculty and staff!

We hope you will keep in touch online and return to campus for events and volunteer opportunities.


A Tribute to Steve Thompson
by Kate Lindsey

Chief Steve Thompson arrived at Sidwell Friends School nearly 28 years ago - a critical time in the school’s history. 

A Tribute to Claudine Macé
by Leigh Gilman and Mamadou Guèye

Claudine’s many French students over the years recognize what we all see in her—a teacher fiercely dedicated to her craft and to the intellectual and social development of her students.

A Tribute to Carlos Castellanos
by Carol Borut

Carlos Castellanos has been a dedicated member of Sidwell’s Building and Grounds crew for 43 years. He made many friends across the Sidwell community during his long tenure caring for the school’s gardens and grounds and keeping its buildings in working order on both campuses.

A Tribute to Anne Charny
by Rick Honn

During her twenty years of service to the school, Anne was a model of intellectual integrity and energy for her students and her colleagues.

A Tribute to Barbara Davison
By Zarya Navarro

I was fortunate to have Barbara as my upstairs LS neighbor. Above our raucous KX classroom, Barbara worked her magic with the fourth graders. Throughout the day, she would lead her happy class up and down the nearby staircase, always poking her head in to say hello.

A Tribute to Richard Lesczynski
By Rebeckah Iseman and Adrian Sotela

As a master teacher, Mr. L. had a profound impact on his students, many of whom have often expressed how much they enjoyed hearing his stories and how much they cherish the wisdom he has shared with them.

A Tribute to Melanie Fields
By Tom Donley

Melanie Fields, an icon of our science department for 34 years, will be retiring at the end of this year. There is no greater testament to Melanie than to hear from the alums, stretching back decades, who had her as a teacher and whose lives were forever changed.

A Tribute to Mary K. Carrasco
By Aaron Brophy

For the past decade Mary Carrasco has been quietly and thoughtfully shepherding Sidwell Friends School. Her daily efforts may go unnoticed by most students and teachers, but Mary’s discerning sense of continuing revelation has benefitted all of us.


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Upcoming Events


Register here and join us for a Sidwell Friends evening with the Free Minds Poet Ambassadors. Free Minds Book Club works with incarcerated persons using the medium of poetry. Tonight several formerly incarcerated Poet Ambassadors will share poems and experiences with us before encouraging participants to engage directly by commenting on the poems of currently incarcerated poets (through an application you can download to your iPad or computer). In the Quaker tradition of advocating for humane treatment for incarcerated individuals we are pleased to invite you to join us. Please register in advance and we will email the Zoom link to you the day before our event. More information about Free Minds write nights is here.


All members of the community are invited to register to join this conversation sponsored by the Parents Association Disabilities Awareness Working Group. Arielle Silverman is the author of Just Human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect, and Inclusion. Silverman, a disabled activist and social scientist, is passionate about improving public understanding of life with disabilities, including through her work with the National Association of the Blind. She will share excerpts from her book and hold an open Q&A. This Zoom event will be closed-captioned and an ASL interpreter will be provided. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants on February 15.


The Parents Association is pleased to invite you to join this conversation with educator and author Jessica Lahey about her most recent book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. If you would like to join this parenting conversation about to understand the roots of substance abuse, how to identify those most at risk, and practical steps for prevention please register here to receive the Zoom link.

This talk will be closed captioned.

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