Alumni News

Thank you to the TPS alumni – (from left to right) Sarah Campbell Cooper ‘93, Lucy Guida ‘09, Matt Prowler ‘93, Michael Fiebach ‘99, Jillian Young ‘16, and Mollie Weinstein-Gould ‘97 – who participated in our panel discussion on January 14. We had a meaningful discussion about how TPS prepared them for high school, college, and beyond. Their stories demonstrated that when you learn here, you can go anywhere!

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A fun alumni-faculty basketball game took place in the TPS gym on the evening of January 9. There was especially high participation among recent Tigers players!

More than 25 TPS alumni attended a pizza party in the gym on December 7. Attendees ranged from our most recent graduates to college students. Pizza, popcorn and basketball made for a nice evening of reconnection and reminiscing.

The 80s

Daniel Spielman '84 has been designated as Sterling Professor of Computer Science, the highest honor bestowed on Yale faculty. Danny (as we called him) focuses his research on the design and analysis of algorithms, network science, machine learning, digital communications, and scientific computing.  

The 90s

Mac Marston '93, an assistant professor of archeology at Boston University, has been awarded the 2018 Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching in the  College of Arts and Sciences. Over the past six years he has offered undergraduate and graduate courses, ranging from Eating and Drinking in the Ancient World to Scientific Applications in Archeology.  

Natasha Mitchell '93 is an emergency department nurse at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Prior to becoming a health care professional, Natasha taught middle school science at TPS for two years.  

Gillian Emmett Moldowan '94 is counsel in Shearman & Sterling’s Compensation, Governance & ERISA group. Based in NYC, she advises on compensation and benefit arrangements, with emphasis on disclosure and issues arising in mergers and acquisitions transactions and securities offerings. 

Peter Bloom '96 is the general coordinator and founder of Rhizomatica, an organization whose mission is to "increase access to  . . . telecommunications for the over 2 billion people without affordable mobile coverage and the 700 million with none at all by supporting communities to build and maintain self-governed and owned communication infrastructure."

Julian King '97 is a Los Angeles-based director and cinematographer. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Julian has produced work spanning commercial, narrative, and documentary. He has directed work for clients ranging from Ford, Visa, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Deloitte to Clinton Global Initiative non-profit Doc2Doc, among others.

Liz Kimball '98 is a New York City–based director, coach, speaker, educator, and writer. Having spent over two decades as a dancer and actor, she now devotes herself to directing plays and musicals for the stage and supporting a wide-range of successful creatives and professionals.

Leah Sandals '99 is a director for communications and advocacy campaigns at Global Health Strategies, a consultancy in New York. She is also a co-founder of the Brooklyn-based food company SlantShack Jerky. Leah graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, with a B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish. Recently Leah established a "TPS first" - holding her wedding rehearsal dinner in the TPS Garage. She and Alexander Gessner were married on October 28 at the Barnes Foundation.

The 21st Century

Josh Wheeling '00 came by TPS "on business," touring the school with staff from the Philadelphia School Partnership, where he is the Manager of Data and Analysis. Josh oversees PSP’s use of data across the organization, providing everything from support on ongoing projects to small data requests. 

Carlin Adelson '01  received her master's degree in May from the University of Southern California in Writing for Screen and Television.  She is working as a Showrunner's Assistant at CBS Corporation.

Sarah Federman '01 is working in Washington, DC as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  Science & Technology Policy Fellow. She is attached to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Scientist. Sarah received an undergraduate degree in biology from Barnard College, a master's degree in population and conservation genetics from Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University.

Cara Hutchison '01  has been promoted to vice president at Rogers & Cowan, where she specializes in music and entertainment, engineering publicity campaigns for a myriad of A-list music and celebrity clients. She has handled  publicity for the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Kanye West, Katy Perry,  Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, and others. 

Andrea Korb '01 is Economic Development Manager for Santa Monica, Inc., a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Santa Monica to manage services and operations in Downtown Santa Monica while promoting economic stability, growth and community life.

Zach Marks ' 01 is Director of New Products and Partnerships at Tala, a mobile technology and data science company that seeks to close the credit gap in emerging markets by using mobile data to overcome traditional barriers to financial access.

Audrey Huntington '03 has been with The Common Market since 2014 and is the Director of the Mid-Atlantic. The Common Market is a nonprofit distributor of local foods with locations in the Mid-Atlantic and Georgia. She has played a role in growing sales, staff, and implementing systems over the years and is now transitioning into more financial management, operations, and food safety.  In June 2018, Audrey was the first TPS alum to get married right here at TPS!

Oliver Backes '04 has returned to school; he is pursuing a master's degree in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Previously he was a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Sara Charme-Zane '04, after graduating with a B.A. in Comparative American Studies and Studio Art from Oberlin College, moved to New York City, where she earned an M.S.Ed. from CUNY Hunter and worked in the public school system for four years as a special education teacher. Sara returned to Philadelphia to teach fifth and sixth grade art at Science Leadership Academy Middle School in West Philadelphia. One of her colleagues is former Junior Unit teacher (and Dan Lai's former co-teacher) Hilary Hamilton.

Tom Lefevre '04 has left his job with Dick's Sporting Goods in Pittsburgh is heading to Boston to earn an MBA at MIT.

Sam Morris '04 is a drummer for Philadelphia rockers Flightschool, a four-piece band that, as described on their website, "blends straight rock with blues and jam influences anchored by a two-headed guitar attack."  Check out their website for their summer tour.

Emily Wilhite '04 received her Ph.D. in spring 2018 in psychology at the University of Texas (Austin). She is studying alcohol-related sexual regret and risky sexual behavior in young women as they transition out of college. Emily graduated from Penn State in 2012; she majored in psychology and Spanish.

Erik Federman ’05 has moved to Alaska, where he is a law clerk to the Honorable Joel H. Bolger, Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court.  Erik graduated from Harvard Law School this past spring.

Alex Zimmerman ’04 is a freelance writer whose work focuses on police accountability, LGBT issues, public health, and transportation. Alex's work has appeared in the Village Voice, Vice, Atlas Obscura, and the investigative non-profit PublicSource. It has also been featured on NPR affiliate WESA's Essential Pittsburgh. Alex lives in Brooklyn. Here is an article he wrote for The Atlantic.

Sharell Bryant '06 is a software engineer in New York City.  Sharell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in cognitive science. 

Fadwa Kingsbury '06 has returned to the States after working in Argentina for two years as program director for InSitu Programs, which works with universities to conduct educational and cultural study programs in Latin America and Spain. Fadwa is living and working in San Francisco. 

Michael Maisel '06 is back in the States after pursuing a master's degree in international relations at the London School of Economics.

Oliver Ingram '07 graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a degree in sustainable development. He is working in Santa Monica in the world of finance as an associate at Gideon Strategic Partners.

Aaya Kingsbury '08 is in Cuenca, Ecuador, teaching English as a Second Language at the Centro de Estudios Interamericanos.

Marina Stuart '08 is an AmericorpsVISTA at Stanton Elementary School. Her official role is Community Partnership Coordinator. Marina is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she majored in environmental studies and minored in English.

Daniel Wilhite '08 has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Award for 2018 in Recife, Brazil. Daniel wrote that he is working on a public health project that involves the study of sexual health education related to newly developed Pre-Exposure Prophylaxsis HIV prevention medications in public schools and Candomblé terreiros in the metropolitan region of Recife.  

Lily Goldberg '09 is the Director of Outreach and Alumni Relations for Bike & Build, a nonprofit located in Philadelphia; its mission is, through service-oriented cycling trips, to "benefit affordable housing and empower young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement." As a Bike & Build team member, Lily cycled 4,300 miles from Charleston, SC to Santa Cruz, CA in summer 2015, raising money and awareness for affordable housing. Lily graduated from Temple University in 2017, with a major in geography and urban studies and a minor in community development. 

Byron RIggins '09 is pursuing a graduate degree at San Francisco State University. He received his B.A. in marine science from the University of Delaware.

Maddie Addis '10 received a BFA in theatre and performance from Emerson College. She is in NYC starting her professional career.

Duncan Gallagher '10 graduated from  Brown University with a degree in comparative literature. He is in England for graduate studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Emma Luckman '11 recently retired from  synchronized skating, She was a member of the Miami University synchronized skating team, which won first place at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.  

College choices for the TPS Class of 2014 include

  • Barnard College

  • Boston University

  • Drexel University

  • Emerson College

  • Franklin & Marshall College

  • Haverford College

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • The Juilliard School

  • Loyola University

  • Marshall University

  • University of Miami

  • Skidmore College

  • Temple University

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Southern California

  • Ursinus College

  • Washington University

  • West Chester University

Ava Forman '14 and her Friends' Central 4x400 relay team came in first in their division at the 2018 Penn Relays! 

Aidan Williams '14 and bandmates Grant Pavol and Harry Freed released the album Eyes Wide in May;  Aidan performs vocals and plays electric and steel string guitars.

Lyla Forman '16 attended the Island School in Eleuthera, Bahamas, for the fall semester. The program focuses on "how to live well in a place, through efforts in science research, education, sustainability and environmental stewardship."

Sam Gualtieri, Simon Garner, and Jalen Ramseur-Williams, all Class of 2016, won Best Direction for their film Welcome at the Rough Cut Film Festival Awards Ceremony held at the Kimmel Center on June 22, 2018. Jalen also won Best Direction and Best Editing for his film Forwards, Backwards