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Tom Burgess Heads for Home

Magical Moments and Memories Karen McConnell has brought international experience to her classroom for the past 13 years, after teaching in both Germany and Japan before (re) settling at Deerfield. The end of this academic year will also mark the end of Ms. McConnell’s tenure at the Academy, but she will continue to teach—this time in her home state of California at Flintridge Prep, an independent day school. Ms. McConnell originally joined the Deerfield faculty in the fall of 1987 and taught in the History Department until 1994. Over the years she has taught freshmen through seniors, and her classes have included Western Civilization, Honors US History,

AP Art History, Politics, Leadership, and Justice, the Great Books, and more. Ms. McConnell also served as chair of the History Department and chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department. Other duties have included coaching JV volleyball and swimming, bicycling, and “special ex,” and living in Johnson II. “My fondest Deerfield memories are those magical moments in the classroom when learning, laughter, intensity, trust, and courage converge and a new idea is created,” Ms. McConnell said. “I will miss Deerfield but I am looking forward to returning to California and meeting new challenges.”

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Deerfield’s Turn Heads from the Eight Schools Association (Choate, Deerfield, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Northfield Mount Hermon, Andover, Exeter, and St. Paul’s) gathered at Deerfield April 11-13 for their annual spring meeting. This year’s gathering focused on private schools and public education and featured three keynote speakers: Timothy Knowles, John Dewey Director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute; Steven Brill ’68 P’02,’03, author of Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools; and Norm Atkins, co-founder of Uncommon Schools. As has become the tradition at the Association’s spring meeting, two trustee representatives from each school’s board also joined the group. The Eight Schools Association began meeting informally in 1973 and formalized in 2006 with the appointment of a president and an executive director. According to the Association’s bylaws, the ESA was established for “the purpose of mutual support and collegiality . . . ” Its main purpose is to “address critical educational issues in order to ensure the best educational experiences and outcomes for students, explore new research and trends in education, and to develop collaborative programs.” This spring, in addition to their formal agenda, the heads also took the opportunity to wish Barbara Landis Chase well as she retires at the end of the academic year as Andover’s head of school—a position she has held for 18 years.

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Although he was featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Deerfield Magazine, many members of the Deerfield community had no idea Assistant Director of Safety and Security Tom Burgess had a brotherin-law on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan—or that on May 9, 2011, Sergeant Christopher Demars was hit by a suicide bomber. Sergeant Demars’ injuries included severe shrapnel wounds, broken bones in both legs, three broken bones in his back, and a broken finger; he also sustained a traumatic brain injury, all of his facial bones were broken, his right eye was damaged, he suffered burns on his face and head, and both of his ear drums were blown out. Since that fateful day, Sergeant Demars has undergone multiple surgeries for his injuries, and more procedures are anticipated. “To support Chris and other brave men and women like him, I am participating in the 2012 Run to Home Base in Boston on May 20,” said Mr. Burgess. Sponsored in large part by the Boston Red Sox Foundation, the run helps to support soldiers wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq and their families. Runners follow a route through Boston, ending with the unforgettable experience of crossing “home base” (plate) at historic Fenway Park. With a limit of 4,000 participants, the Academy is proud to have one of its own among the ranks. More information at


Spring 2012 Deerfield Magazine  

The alumni journal of Deerfield Academy

Spring 2012 Deerfield Magazine  

The alumni journal of Deerfield Academy