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Brookwood Bulletin, Spring 2016: Reflections on Leadership

As we approach the 60th anniversary this December of the incorporation of Brookwood School, leadership seems a particularly apt topic for the Brookwood Bulletin.

It was in 1956 that a group of North Shore residents came together and led the way to the founding of a new school. Pledging seed money; recruiting Pip Cutler to be the school’s first Headmaster; stepping up as incorporators; securing a building; serving on the first Board of Trustees; and even putting in the labor to transform the Villa Crest stables into suitable classrooms, these are the leaders whom we can thank for all we enjoy at Brookwood School today. They saw a need and created a school with an innovative philosophy that recognized the importance of combining academic rigor with attention to students’ socio-emotional growth, a forward-leaning notion then and today. Leadership has been at the heart of this community since its inception.

Their legacy lays a path for me as Brookwood’s fifth Head of School and is reflected in the school’s values, programs, faculty, students, and alumni. In the following pages you’ll read about faculty taking the lead within their fields and among their peers through a unique professional development program; our eighth graders who, in a restructured student leadership model, are working to benefit the community in key ways; alumni who have gone on to serve and work as leaders in a variety of fields and endeavors; and teachers whose innovative classrooms are leading the way as we equip our students with essential 21st century skills.

In the magazine we also sadly mark the loss of and remember one of our community’s earliest leaders, the late Rosie Cutler. It was Pip and Rosie, their leadership, spirit, and teaching who were the soul of this institution and truly made Brookwood the school it is. We thank their daughter Lynne Cutler Goodhue for a lovely remembrance of a woman whose work lives on in these halls today.

It was a pleasure connecting with so many of you at this fall’s Community Gatherings marking the start of my tenure at Brookwood. I enjoyed meeting so many alumni, current and past parents and Trustees and hearing firsthand your thoughts about our community.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Brookwood Bulletin.  I’m sure you’ll be inspired by the stories of leaders across our community and will reflect, as I have, on how they each are living out the mission of our school. Thank you for being a part of this community and for the many ways in which you support Brookwood.