Alumni News

Jake Tapper met with our 8th graders at CNN last spring during their two-day visit to Washington, DC. Jake answered questions about his career, about the current political climate, about fake news, and much more. Among the 8th graders was classmate Jason Lerner's son.

The 80s

Daniel Traub '85 recently wrote us, "I'm delighted to report the birth of my daughter . . . on January 9. My partner Anne-Lena and I are overjoyed."

Sarah Dry '87 was back in Philadelphia last spring and she, her son, and her mother stopped by TPS for a tour. Sarah, who lives in England, has a new book coming out soon. The Circulation of Our World: Scientists and the Quest to Understand the Waters of the Globe tells the history of our global understanding of climate and water. 

The 90s

Mac Marston '93, an assistant professor of archaeology and anthropology at Boston University, is the staff botanist of the Leon Levy Expedition, which announced the 2013 discovery and subsequent first-ever excavation of an ancient Philistine cemetery in Ashkelon, Israel. The news spread quickly and widely. Read more (you have a choice of languages!).

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. Gillian and her family live in Jersey City, where she is a member of the Stevens Cooperative School Board of Trustees. (Her mother, Marianne Emmett, was a long-time TPS board member and board present.)  

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 is pursuing a master's degree at the University of Southern California in Writing for Screen and Television. This past summer her film Places I've Made Out has had screenings in Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia.

Cara Hutchison '01  is a publicist at Rogers & Cowan, where she specializes in the music and entertainment industry. She has handled general PR and album publicity for the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Kanye West, Katy Perry,  Lionel Richie, The Beach Boys, and others. 

 Here is a photo of a few of the members of the Class of 2002 who vacationed together this summer. From left to right, Zach Frankel, Laura Bottaro, Evan Burgos, Sophie Bottaro, Lauren Jacobs, Gabe Procaccino, Ethan Schmidt, and Brian Pepe-Mooney.

Here is a photo of a few of the members of the Class of 2002 who vacationed together this summer. From left to right, Zach Frankel, Laura Bottaro, Evan Burgos, Sophie Bottaro, Lauren Jacobs, Gabe Procaccino, Ethan Schmidt, and Brian Pepe-Mooney.

Zach Marks ' 01 married Resham Gellatly on December 30, 2017, in Hawaii. On hand were several of Zach's classmates from TPS. Zach 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. Resham is a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at UCLA. Zach and Resham reside in Venice, CA.

Megan Lundy '04 has graduated from medical school at Thomas Jefferson University, She is now at Wake Forest for her residency in general surgery.

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. Having taught art workshops, mini-courses, and clubs for the last thirteen years, Sara was pleased to return 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.

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 is a Ph.D. candidate 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.

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 a recent 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. 

Michael Maisel '06 is 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.

Marina Stuart '08 is an AmericorpsVISTA at Stanton Elementary School this year. 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 in May.

Maddie Addis '10 is pursuing a degree in acting at Emerson College, where she has not only been busy as an actor/writer in a the sketch comedy troupe Jimmy's Traveling All-Stars, the repertory-style theatre group Mercutio Troupe, and the Emerson Shakespeare Society but is also a member of Emerson's Honors Program. 

Duncan Gallagher '10 is majoring in comparative literature at Brown University, where he is a writer for the Brown Noser, the university's satirical newspaper. Check out a few of his articles. This summer he is a production intern at the Public Theater in NYC.

Emma Luckman '11 is a member of the Miami University synchronized skating team, which won first place at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in February 2016.  

Class of 2013 National Merit Semifinalists included Daniel Leonard, Claire Saint-Amour, and Ellie Zack.

Ray Hill-Cristol '13 gave the Germantown Friends School commencement speech in June 2017.

Members of the Class of 2013 were "feted" by the faculty and staff during June in-service.

College choices for the Class of 2013 include

  • American University
  • Babson College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Colgate University
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern University
  • Harvard University
  • Ithaca College
  • McGill University
  • Pitzer College
  • Spelman College
  • University of Sussex 
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania (2)
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Vermont
  • Wellesley College
  • Yale University

Andrew Ford '14, a senior at Central High School, has been named a 2018 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Andrew will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring.

Eliana Yang '14 made the New York Times! She is the youngest participant in the New York String Seminar.  Eliana continues studying cello. In summer 2017 she  studied at the Perlman Music Program, which offers musical training to young string players of rare and special talent.