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Kindergarten Gardening Grant Lower school students rebuild ESK’s gardening program

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Board of Trustees


Mr. Culver Schmid Chair

The mission of the Episcopal School of Knoxville is to prepare JK-8 students for higher education and a lifetime of learning within the context of a loving, inclusive, and family-centered community. We enrich our students intellectual, physical, cultural, and spiritual growth so that they may realize their potential as children of God and citizens of the world.


Mr. Russ Watkins Vice-Chair/Treasurer

Mrs. Marilyn Roddy Secretary

Mrs. Lisa Rottmann Assistant Secretary

Mr. Kyle Hooker Assistant Treasurer

Mrs. Cate Biggs Past Chair


Faith, Knowledge, Culture


The Rev. Dr. Jerry Askew The Rev. Canon Michelle Warriner Bolt Dr. Steve Brewington Mrs. Ginger Browning Mrs. Rhonda Rice Clayton Mr. Joseph Fielden Mr. David Gilbert Mrs. Rachel Hacker

Mrs. Jasmine Hardin Ms. Katie Lane Mr. Justin Maierhofer Dr. Pat Brake Rutenberg Mrs. Stella Sudderth Mr. Mark Taylor Mr. Chad Vander Wert Mr. John Mayo


Scribe magazine is published twice a year by ESK’s Communications Office.

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is a publication of The Episcopal School of Knoxville 950 Episcopal School Way, Knoxville, TN 37932 865.777.9032

Editorial + Photography Amanda Sharpe, Kristie Saliba Design + Production Amanda Sharpe Production Assistance Corinne Mattern, Susan Darby, Mary Lovely, Heather Cook, Beth Sterchi copyright 2018 all rights reserved The Episcopal School of Knoxville does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and other programs.


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On the cover: Kindergarten students spread top soil and peat moss in preparation for planting their garden.

Administration Dr. Jack Talmadge Head of School Red Waller Middle School Director Beth Sterchi Lower School Director Brian Lawhorn Director of Finance and Operations Mary Lovely Director of Admissions Corinne Mattern Director of Advancement Amanda Sharpe Communications and Strategic Coordinator

From Dr. Talmadge Dear Friends of The Episcopal School of Knoxville, For those who know our program well, you quite possibly may agree that autumn at ESK brings a harvest of some of our most treasured events. The hatching of monarch butterflies with Mr. B., blessing of the pets, football tailgates, trail hikes, leaf poundings, Grandparents’ Day, tractor rides, Halloween parades, and the beloved rendition of “The Turkey Shot out of the Oven,” all contribute a touch of life to our family culture up here on the hill. In our pursuit of teachable moments through experiential education, ESK has exercised a little extra harvesting this season through innovative gardening. The newly renovated educational garden project has germinated some lively themes from Thomas Jefferson’s pea plants, to Paul Bunyan’s tall tale vegetables, to James White’s medicinal herbs. Our kids are making meaningful connections linking the 96 acres of outdoor space to literature, social studies, math, science, religion, and even world languages. Little did farmer John McNeil (original owner of our campus grounds) know that the seed beds he sowed over 200 years ago would one day cultivate an amazing learning path for the children of Knoxville. I invite you to read more about our growth across the ESK campus in this edition of Scribe. Even better, come visit us by the big red barns and witness the uplifting joy in our children’s faces. Many blessings for a happy harvest, Jack Talmadge Head of School

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Table of Contents Letter from the Head of School 3 ESK Hosts Exchange Students 5 20th Anniversary Celebrations 6-7


The Start of an Episcopal School 8-9 Kindergarten Gardening Grant 10-11 Alumni Focus 12 Emily Kirk 12-13 Reed Freeman 14

Photo by Megan Venable, VIP Knoxville


Abby Bower 15

2017-18 Annual Report on Giving 16-22 The Newest Canon to the Ordinary 23

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Photo by Megan Venable, VIP Knoxville

ESK Hosts Guatemalan and Taiwanese Exchange Students

This fall, ESK has had the unique opportunity to host Guatemalan exchange students for eight weeks, and at the end of November, students from Taiwan will be here for eight days for a similar exchange experience. Sheau-Fei Huang, middle school Mandarin teacher, says, “I hope that exchange programs become a continuing possibility for ESK. Students have the opportunity to learn about one another’s culture and see that they aren’t so different. Mandarin and Spanish students can practice their language skills with visiting peers, which is further motivation to pursue second language study.” Host students and Mandarin classes plan to Skype with visiting students before they arrive, and when ESK students visit Taiwan next summer, they might have the possibility to stay with a student they hosted this fall. The Guatemalan exchange students already arrived, quickly adapting to the East Tennessee experience. From left to right: Juan Andrés, Diana, Joaquín, and Nayely from Guatemala have quickly integrated into the life of ESK. Thanks to their host families and welcoming peers, they have already celebrated their time at ESK by preparing a Guatemalan dish to share with students and by creating a bright and colorful bulletin board in middle school to teach students about their country and culture.

ESK students shared their thoughts on why they think hosting exchange students at ESK is important:

“We can all make new friends.” -Lauren Davis, 7th grade

“Students can learn about cultural differences from one another.” -Mary Pearson Purvis, 7th grade “Visiting students can get an idea of what our culture is like, and they can practice English.” -Carly Farone, 7th grade

Host student Harper Grace Miller welcomes Nayely to Knoxville. Owen Davis meets Juan Andrés in person for the first time at McGee Tyson Airport.

Nayely and Diana show off their completed bulletin board featuring photos and tapestries from Guatemala.

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This page: Students, faculty, and honored guests celebrate ESK’s 20th birthday at an all-school chapel. Opposite page: Friends of ESK shared happy memories of the beginning years in the life of the school at the Leadership Reception.

Episcopal School of Knoxville’s 20th Anniversary Celebration ESK celebrated its 20th Anniversary in October with two different events. First, ESK hosted a 20th Anniversary Leadership Reception for special friends, donors, and founding faculty members. Our guests of honor, Mrs. Kae Wrinkle and Mr. Jay Secor, both shared memories from the first days of ESK. Wrinkle expressed her gratitude to the original faculty, many of whom still devote their time and energy to the young minds at ESK today. Secor shared humorous anecdotes from his initial years at ESK. As the newly appointed headmaster, he told of riding back and forth once a month on the Greyhound bus to visit ESK before he arrived permanently. Then, once on our 96-acre campus, he recounted how he made an emotional plea to one of our generous donors, Mrs. Ann Bailey, to enclose the outdoor chapel so that kids could be warm while saying their prayers in the winter. ESK is grateful to all who attended the commemoration of this meaningful occasion, and we appreciate their continued support. We welcome anyone who was unable to attend the event to come visit ESK anytime. To top off the festivities, ESK held a birthday party! The occasion was marked by balloons, sweet treats, and stories from the beginning told by long-time faculty and Mr. Secor at an all-school chapel. Thank you, Mr. Secor, for sharing your time and memories with the ESK community. ESK looks forward to another successful 20 years!


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20 years Twenty years ago, a group of friends cast a vision for an Episcopal school, and 20 years later, the Episcopal School of Knoxville is the fulfillment of their hard work and dedication. 2018 marks a monumental year for ESK. Twenty years ago this fall, ESK opened the school doors to welcome the first classes of students in school history. The process to get to that point started long before 1998, though. In fact, a vision for an Episcopal school was formulated in early 1993 at a New Year’s Eve Party, of all places. Lois Ross, an original board member of ESK and ESK school counselor since the year 2000, said, “We thought it sounded exciting to have a school that had the qualities of an Episcopal school.” A fiveyear process ensued, which included applying for an opportunity grant from the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee to kick-start fundraising and receiving approval from the Diocese to use the word “Episcopal” in the school’s name. Other important donors and trusted advisors played a vital role in the school’s beginning and throughout ESK’s history, including the Brewington family, Archer and Sandie

Bishop, the Googe family, and Mrs. Ann Bailey, whose generosity enclosed the chapel. Ross, a part of the early visioning process and think tank surrounding the idea, knew that an Episcopal school offered qualities and values other area schools did not. The cornerstones of Episcopal faith that guided the vision and mission of the new school are still evident in ESK’s community today. The founding board held

dear “the openness of the Episcopal Church, which extends to people of all faith and cultural backgrounds. At the same time, Episcopal values hold up the importance of spiritual and religious life,” Ross said. Another critical aspect of Episcopal schools is a long history of academic excellence, which ESK has emulated from day one. Finally, Ross and other initial board members aspired

to create a school that taught and nurtured the values of Episcopal faith, such as inclusion, compassion, servanthood, and respect for the dignity of all people. These values stand strong alongside ESK’s commitment to daily chapel and community service. Kae Wrinkle, also an original board member, remembers well the weeks and months leading up to the first days of school at ESK. The headmaster who had been hired to lead ESK “backed out at the last minute,” so she volunteered for the job. She recalls saying at the time, “We are a faith-based school, so am I going to step out in faith?”


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Her first task as founding director was to hire the pioneering faculty. Her desire was to find teachers who loved kids and would work a little harder to provide a discovery-based curriculum to students, not just follow a textbook curriculum. She proved successful in her endeavor, as the founding faculty includes names that we still know and love today. Mr. Chris Bishop taught 1st grade and Mrs. Lucy Tyler taught 2nd grade, alongside Ms. Stacy Hilliard who led 3rd and 4th grade, and Ms. Shannon Winkle, who cared for our littlest ones at the time in kindergarten. Mrs. Marie Gibson founded the art program, and the school opened the doors with French and music teachers, too, showcasing ESK’s love for world language and fine arts even from the beginning. Wrinkle also believed that the library and media center should be a principle influence on the school, saying the school should “revolve around the media center and library.” Mrs. Miranda Clark led ESK to be a book-rich environment that each student and faculty member could draw on for resources, knowledge, and enjoyment from the beginning. ESK benefited from the generosity of a local Episcopal parish. For the first two years, ESK was located on the campus of St. Elizabeth’s in Farragut, and each classroom was held in a modular building. Both Ross and Wrinkle saw evidence of the school’s success early on. Wrinkle says, “Parents wanted a school for bright and curious kids, where their kids could experiment, imagine, and discover.” Ross says that parents longed for their children “to attend a school where they would leave steeped in Episcopal tradition and values.” The enrollment numbers also testify to ESK’s early success, as the number of students almost tripled in three years, from 26 students starting the school year in ‘98 to almost 100 for the first day of school in 2000. As

for today, Ross says families choose ESK

because of “the happiness and the joy and the amazing opportunities that our kids have for enrichment, outdoor play, spiritual development that is appropriate for them, and wonderful teachers who cultivate the values and characteristics of being an ESK student.” Starting a school is no easy task, and the founding members did face difficulties during the process. From Ross’s perspective, the “process was rewarding, but also disheartening. It takes so much money to start up a school, which becomes daunting.” As for Wrinkle, she had taught in a public school, but never worked in a private school setting, which brought its own set of challenges. Both said starting a school from the ground up meant that each faculty and board member juggled multiple roles. Some taught and led chapel, and Wrinkle balanced managing admissions and creating and improving curriculum, as well as serving as chaplain during her tenure at ESK. Prayer played a major role in approaching these obstacles. Quiet and steady leadership from community leaders like Jeff Johnson also steered ESK through difficult moments. The joys of seeing kids having fun learning and the awe at how much a child can learn when his or her curiosity is fostered outweighed the struggles. The community atmosphere families and faculty love now characterized the early school as well. Wrinkle says that “all parents were very involved and bought into the truism that we all have to work together.” She still sees the beautiful community and emphasis on experiential and discovery learning at work in the life of the school today. The future of ESK relies on the past, according to Ross. “Founding a school is ongoing. It is important to have people on

staff that have the historical knowledge of where we’ve come from, and know how we got here. It is important to have the people around who were here in the beginning, so we don’t forget where we came from. We can-

not weaken our Episcopal identity. We’ve built a reputation on being committed to our Episcopal mission and values, and we cannot leave this. The future success of the school depends on these tenets.” The beauty of the Episcopal identity is that when ESK relies on those values, it can grow stronger in ways that support and extend the mission. For example, Ross reflects that she loves the outdoor educational piece that Dr. Talmadge has brought to ESK. In the midst of creating, surviving, and developing as a school, the priority of outdoor education was often pushed back. While ESK has always had hikes (Wrinkle led all school hikes even from the outset), Dr. Talmadge has been persistent to develop the outdoor education program, which fulfills ESK’s mission to be good stewards of God’s creation. Though ESK’s campus once housed pigs and has always had a place for chickens, there is now a more consistent thread of outdoor education developing. When ESK adheres to the Episcopal mission, the school’s future is bright. During the past 20 years, ESK has faced challenges, experienced great success, and grown from 4 classrooms of 26 students on the campus of St. Elizabeth’s to a school for students ages 3 through 8th grade with state of the art facilities on a 96-acre campus. As Mr. Secor, ESK’s founding headmaster, always says, “When we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide our course and provide for our needs, we will not be led astray.” Here’s to 20 more exciting and successful years for the Episcopal School of Knoxville!

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Kindergarten Gardening Grant

ESK Kindergarten classes are teaming up with the University of Tennessee’s Early Learning Center to compare and contrast rural and urban gardening, thanks to generous grant funding from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). When Head of School Dr. Jack Talmadge learned of a grant opportunity through the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), he immediately thought of ESK’s needs on campus. On his mind was re-establishing the gardening program that is a cornerstone of ESK’s outdoor education program, but that needed to be relocated after the recent building campaign for Secor Hall. To provide for the research component of the grant application, Dr. Talmadge made a natural connection between ESK and the University of Tennessee’s Early Learning Center (ELC), which embodies an educational philosophy similar to ESK. ELC consistently plants elaborate urban gardens on their campus at UT in downtown Knoxville. The vision for the project came together when Dr. Talmadge realized that by planting the same seeds in our rural garden setting as those planted in the urban gardens at ELC, students could compare and contrast which seeds sprout first, rates of growth, and final harvest results given the two different locations of the gardens. Kindergarten students are tending the gardens, both downtown and at ESK. ESK kindergarteners were eager to get started on the project, using peat moss and soil from Mayo Garden Centers, which has partnered with ESK on the project to provide the necessary gardening supplies at a reduced cost. Students recently sat in rapt attention as


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Dr. Talmadge taught them the proper steps to successfully plant a garden bed, which tools they would need for the work, and which elements the seeds need to grow healthy and strong. Once out in their garden bed, a long, narrow raised bed behind Brewington Lower School, constructed and fenced in by ESK’s own Mr. Ken Smith, they spread peat moss and soil like pros. Students shoveled the black dirt with joy, pushing the heavy wheelbarrow with great effort, and gleefully wielding their small spades and trowels. For their first planting, they each laid one small pea in the ground and watered the peas with collected rainwater, each child eager to show his or her strength wielding the eight pound water can. What do students plan to do when they harvest all their seedlings, including turnips, snow peas, onions, carrots, beets, and leafy winter greens in 60-70 days? According to one kindergarten student, “We’re going to have a par-TAY!” And she’s right! Once all the vegetables are harvested, ESK will invite the kindergarten students from ELC to come for a harvest party, complete with dishes prepared from the produce grown in their very own garden beds. Other students were sure that after the harvest, they’d give their vegetables “to Chef Erin.” And they’re right too! Thanks to the fence enclosing

Photos this page and opposite: Kindergarten students are hard at work planting their garden and checking for progress.

all the garden beds, each item grown can be safely used in the ESK kitchen. In the meantime, both ESK and ELC’s kindergarten classes will be recording data about their gardens using floor books to tell which seeds sprouted first and how many days it took each plant to sprout. They’ll measure each plant’s growth rate to determine if an urban or rural setting affects how fast plants reach maturity. ELC’s kindergarten students will come visit Ms. Noland’s and Mrs. Saliba’s classes sometime this fall to see ESK’s gardening set-up, and ESK kindergarteners will have the same opportunity to visit ELC. To keep each other updated of weekly progress, the classes Skype with one another, giving virtual tours of their gardens. As for following up with the grant, ESK is carefully documenting the comparative study through field notes, photos, and videos to share with SAIS. And, even better, the goal of reviving the gardening program is coming to life before the eyes of ESK students, with each

bed prepped and planted before fall break. The rest of the lower school has decided to join in the gardening adventure, too. Junior Kindergarten classes have already sprouted potatoes for their “Small Fry” garden; 1st grade made a curricular connection to their Pig Trials, which take place in the spring, and decided to grow turnips; and 2nd grade connected their gardens to their study of the Freedom Trail by electing to grow cotton and gourds. Third grade chose Tall Tales as their garden theme, planting radishes, carrots, and beets. Following the harvest, students will create postcards with giant vegetables artificially enlarged in the innovation lab to imitate the marketing ploy of the State of Wisconsin 100 years ago, in an attempt to encourage folks to move there to farm. Wisconsin showed images of radishes as big as a barn and carrots as tall as a silo to artfully convince people of the fertile soil in their state, which cleverly keeps with the 3rd grade’s Tall Tales theme. In the spring, they plan to plant Paul Bunyan sunflowers, which will bloom in the fall in time for next year’s Tall Tales celebration. The sunflower seeds provide nourishment to the chickens, too, which fits nicely with 3rd grade’s responsibility to our resident layers. Finally, 4th grade tied their garden to the study of Tennessee history, naming their bed the James White Fort garden. They will grow herbs, which

early East Tennessee settlers used for medicinal purposes. While they don’t plan to try to treat digestion issues or offer their harvest as a pain reliever as in the old days, they do intend to share their basil, rosemary, and lemongrass with Chef Erin to use in lunch preparation. Even the middle school decided to jump on board with the garden project! Mrs. Lancaster and Ms. O’Donnell, middle school literature and language arts teachers, are leading a Shakespeare garden in a nod to the 7th and 8th grade study of Shakespeare’s work. What would Dr. Talmadge like to see in the future for these gardens? Well, given he’s a former biology teacher, he’d “like to see a pea growing competition, which is a logical connection to Mendel and genetics.” With these new garden beds in place and a host of students trained in basic growing, we’re sure to see new plants sprouting all throughout the year! ESK believes that in spending time cultivating gardens with students, we are staying true to the mission of all Episcopal schools to foster stewardship of God’s creation. The uniqueness of an ESK education lies in opportunities like hands-on gardening and knowledge of the way the world outside works, allowing students to see and enjoy the benefits of their hard work. Come visit the gardens anytime! There will be proud students waiting to tell about their careful planting and successful harvests in each classroom.

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Focus Episcopal School of Knoxville alumni consistently embody the characteristics of academic excellence, servanthood, and dedicated pursuit of their talents and interests that the faculty here strives to instill in our students. Alumni touch lives, work to affect change, and excel in the classroom both in Knoxville and around the world. We’re proud to have them call ESK home. Read on to learn about three alumni who are experiencing success in their pursuits.

Emily Kirk’s Compassion for the City of Liverpool Kirk, a 2008 alumna of ESK, took a risk to serve with the Young Adult Service Corps in England to discover if what she dreamed of doing with her life one day could become a reality. During her junior year of college, Emily Kirk, a 2008 graduate of ESK, received an application to the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC). The YASC is an international missionary program for young adults who are members of the Episcopal Church. Emily remembers that she had doubts about applying, but she knew that seizing the opportunity to try out what she thought she wanted to do for the rest of her life was too good to pass up, so she applied. YASCers are required to “live and serve in communities around the world, have a high level of maturity, possess a faith commitment, and have the willingness to be a humble guest and authentic companion” (YASC FAQs). Once Emily was notified she’d been provisionally accepted to the program, she attended a discernment retreat, in which she met with leaders of the program in New York, learned more about YASC, had a chance to ask questions, and prayed with others to determine if serving abroad as a representative of the National Episcopal Church was the right step for her. 12

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While in NY, she discussed her reasons for wanting to participate in YASC with the directors. As a religion and social justice major at Agnes Scott College, she’d spent time studying church history in her coursework and was eager to visit the places she’d read about. Though YASCers must be willing to serve with any of the Episcopal Church’s international partners, Emily soon learned she had earned a spot to serve at the Cathedral in Liverpool, England, the 5th largest cathedral in the world and a perfect fit given her educational background and career goals. After a two-week training period at Holy Cross Monastery in NY, where she studied cultural sensitivity and how to walk with the local community without imposing American ideals or values, she boarded a plane bound for England. Once she landed, she immediately became involved with the Liverpool Cathedral’s program Tsedaqah (the Hebrew word for justice), where she spent her first year assisting the Diocesan director of social justice. During this year, one of her projects included planning and organizing community education on the effects of the prison system on women and the families of women who are incarcerated. While YASC requires only a one-year commitment to living and serving abroad, Emily decided to stay a second year, as she felt her work in Liverpool wasn’t complete. Emily’s responsibilities to the community of Liverpool increased during year two. She became part of the team that ran the Cathedral’s food bank. The Micah Charity (based on Micah 6:8 - “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”) serves Liverpool through a food bank and community market. Emily coordinated both. Her job included overseeing volunteers, ensuring they had enough in stock to serve those who were in need, and monitoring the day’s supplies and visitors to make sure that all were served justly. Asylum seekers or refugees comprised almost 80% of those who visited the food bank. Liverpool has a large asylum seeker population, and the food bank intentionally stocked Halal and vegetarian food to care for these refugees. Another aspect of Emily’s job was to run the community market, which sells grocery items at a reduced price. This market alleviated the food bank, which saw 250-280 people in just two afternoons a week, but also gave those shopping at the market dignity and choice. Though Emily’s work could be emotionally and physically demanding, seeing the church be the hands and feet of Christ made her efforts worthwhile. “It’s rewarding, doing work you were meant to do. It gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling,” she says. The Cathedral where she served hosted school services, local art displays, the food bank and market charities, and never asked for anything in return from the community. Emily felt as though the church had decided to be radically different from other faith-based organizations by showing people that they loved and cared for them, without any expectation of future reciprocation. Emily’s desire to study church history and serve others was fostered at ESK. As a middle school student, she remembers studying world religion, followed by an 8th grade class on current events analyzed through an Episcopal worldview. ESK helped Emily to tie theology and religious knowledge to a social setting, which has since led her to meaningful action in the world. As for being a twoyear YASCer, she says she made the right choice. The chance to apply cultural and church knowledge to her work both fulfilled her desire to care for her neighbor and confirmed she was on the right career path. What’s next for Emily? She plans to eat some good BBQ, attend a debriefing in NY led by the Episcopal Church to help ease re-entry into the US, and then begin the application process to finish her university degree. With such formative experiences to guide her, from studying religion and social justice at both ESK and Agnes Scott, to living out her convictions in Liverpool, she’s bound “to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with her God,” no matter the path she chooses to pursue.

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Reed Freeman Leads Journalism Team at L&N Stem Academy Reed Freeman, a 2015 graduate of ESK and current high school senior at L&N Stem Academy, uses his video production skills to create meaningful community-centered mini-documentaries that his team shares with the school. For Reed Freeman, a good story inspires him to start documenting, with photo or video being his mediums of choice. Freeman is a 2015 graduate of ESK and high school senior at L&N Stem Academy. He has taken full advantage of the opportunities at Stem, including serving as lead photographer of the yearbook staff. This year he is the leader of the journalism class, and his responsibilities include editing videos, compiling footage, producing videos to share with the school, and teaching journalism to freshmen on Wednesday morning. He hasn’t taken an easy class load as a senior either! He balances these extracurriculars with AP Computer Principles and 3 dual enrollment courses at Pellissippi State, including a course on media management, where he’s learning critical TV production skills. Freeman didn’t just wake up one morning engaged in a topic that was his passion or wait to see if he thought video might be an interesting university pursuit; instead he fostered his creative interests. During his freshman year at Stem, his best friend shared some of the video work she’d been doing at school. He was immediately hooked and started making videos on his iPhone whenever he had extra time. Soon, he was completing class projects by making a video, further honing his craft. Then, as a sophomore, he noticed a journalism class was offered during his free block, and he began attending. Even though this class didn’t show as a credit on his transcript, he didn’t miss a meeting and ended up editing the team’s final video project of the year.

Now, as the leader of the journalism class, he influences the student-led curriculum, which is entirely focused on video work. The class collaboratively decides on topics they’d like to cover and then sets to work creating minidocumentaries. Many of their documentaries center on the Knoxville community. In fact, once the journalism team learned that there were teachers on staff at Stem who were also veterans, they decided to highlight these educators’ experiences. They submitted their video on Stem veterans to the ORNL Veterans video competition and won 1st place for their excellent work. Currently the team is completing a documentary about the state of education in Tennessee, as well as preparing to shoot a documentary on a local farmer who donates all his crops to KARM. Freeman is most proud of a project the journalism team produced for the National History Day competition about the Knoxville sit-in movement during Civil Rights that won 2nd place in regionals, 1st place in state, and went on to compete nationally. He and his team worked with the Beck Cultural Center and even had the opportunity to interview the leader of the movement, Robert Booker, for their production. Freeman says that getting to share a little-known story from Knoxville’s history with the community adds to the city’s archives and opened locals’ eyes to a Knoxville reality of the 1960s. Another benefit of creating documentaries: meeting new and interesting people, including the new Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, in Freeman’s case. Freeman led Jacobs

The English composition and problem-solving skills I learned with Ms. Letsinger in learning lab and with Mrs. Lancaster as I completed the 8th grade portfolio project allowed me to hit the ground running at Stem. -Reed Freeman 14

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on his first tour of Stem and found the 6’8” former WWE wrestler to be a genuine and funny person. During Freeman’s senior year, one of his main goals is solidifying the journalism program. As a STEM school, journalism doesn’t fit squarely in the school’s focus categories, but he’d still like to leave a legacy for future writers, producers, and videographers. His plan is to publish a comprehensive journalism curriculum with his teacher for future classes. Even though Stem might not be geared towards his creative passions, he has loved his experience there. “Stem allows students to be so independent,” he says, “I was drawn to the environment, classes they offer, how they push students’ learning and allow you to really hone in on what you’re interested in. You can apply your interests to every subject and jump in wherever you’re compelled.” Freeman is quick to say that ESK prepared him for success in high school. His penchant for photography started in 8th grade with Mr. Hoffman during an art elective, which allowed students the freedom to be creative and expressive. During his 8th grade year he also completed his capstone portfolio project on architecture, and what he loved about architecture is still true about what he does today. He sees that his exploration of design, problem-solving, and creativity led naturally to journalism, photography, and art. Mrs. Lancaster and Ms. Letsinger both helped him gain English composition and problem-solving skills that enabled him to hit the ground running at Stem. For now, Freeman will concentrate on applying to universities and finishing his senior year well. To see his work, check out the YouTube Channel “The Gryphon Grind,” where the journalism team releases their weekly school news videos and mini-documentaries.

Q&A with ESK Alumna Abby Bower Bower is an impressive young woman whose resume includes interviewing Dolly Parton... twice! She’s worked on numerous documentaries through Land Grant Films at the University of Tennessee during her time as a Journalism major. Abby Bower is a 2011 graduate of ESK and current UTK senior studying journalism with minors in environmental studies and business administration. Her focus as a journalism major has been working with Land Grant Films, a team dedicated to providing UT students with real-life experience in documentary storytelling. Bower is currently one of the lead producers of a Land Grant Films documentary called 100 Million Stories about Dolly Parton’s non-profit, Imagination Library.

How did you become interested and involved in documentary film-making? My first class in journalism as a freshman was Journalism 175, and we were required to complete an out of class media experience. Since I was already writing for the UT Daily Beacon, I looked for another outlet and found Land Grant Films. I connected with the team and started helping them with their current project at the time, a documentary about babies born to drug-addicted mothers. I started transcribing interviews and was soon tagging along for any video shoots. I also conducted an interview with one of the key moms the team was working with. Since I was available to help during winter break, I worked on producing and writing the documentary, too.

Through the Tribes Agreements, I learned to be respectful and conscientious, how to talk to someone who might be in a difficult situation through no fault of their own, and how to treat them with respect and dignity. -Abby Bower

cards for her, but she is such a professional, she hardly needed them. After the first time through, she’d basically memorized her responses, and the second take she gave a clean interview without reading the cards.

As a lead producer of the documentary, what do your responsiblities include? I do research to figure out who we need to talk to and then set up and schedule interviews. I also call the people we’ll interview on camera on the phone beforehand to conduct a pre-interview. At a shoot I help the videographers and production assistants, conduct interviews, and later transcribe the interviews. We are now at the stage of pulling together clips and quotes to accompany footage for this 70-minute documentary.

How did your team come up with the idea for a documentary on Imagination Library?

When does your team plan to release 100 Million Stories?

My professor, who is the director of 100 Million Stories, has a son who recently finished receiving the five years of one book a month that Imagination Library sends to newborns through kindergarten-aged children. This event in his personal life coincided with Imagination Library donating its 100 millionth book, which happened sometime in March 2018. He realized there was no feature length film on Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, which is probably one of the largest non-governmental literacy programs in the world and wanted to fill the void.

You’ve studied abroad and interned in Australia, interned locally at WBIR, and been a public relations coordinator for the UT Recycling Center. These are such diverse experiences, not to mention your work on documentary films. Where have you learned the most?

What was it like to see Dolly Parton present the 100 millionth book? Our team got to cover the event at a press room in the Library of Congress, next to media giants like ABC and NPR. Dolly read her book A Coat of Many Colors to a group of children, and the best part was that no one anticipated she would sing part of the book to the kids. The entire room was captivated.

Is Dolly Parton as warm, authentic, and southern in person as she seems from afar? I’ve gotten to meet Ms. Parton once in the Library of Congress when my professor interviewed her, and then again when I interviewed her in Pigeon Forge. While our time with her was limited, it was easy to tell that she is a total professional! At the Library of Congress, she shook the hand of everyone in the room. Both times she struck me as sweet, extremely intelligent, and hilarious.100 Million Stories focuses on Dolly’s philanthropy throughout her lifetime; she has always been a generous person. During one of the interviews, I got to hold the cue

Spring 2019.

All have been incredible experiences, but in terms of building leadership, working with Land Grant has been one of the most formative parts about being at UT. Getting invested in a topic, working collaboratively on a range of diverse topics, getting to meet interesting people, putting a lot of effort into a sustained project, and seeing a tangible result have all made my experiences working on documentaries rewarding.

How did ESK prepare you for where you are now? First, ESK has a really strong writing program. Graduates leave ESK knowing how to write, read, and think deeply. Most importantly for me, ESK teaches you how to recognize and respect the humanity of others. Through the Tribes Agreements, I learned to be respectful and conscientious, how to talk to someone who might be in a difficult situation through no fault of their own, and how to treat them with respect and dignity. In middle school I also took an ethics class that further developed the ideas I had learned in Tribes as a younger student. Finally, at ESK I learned about world religions. I found that knowing about other religions so early opened my eyes and further allowed me to take the perspective of others and become an empathetic person.

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Annual Report 2017-18

on giving

FOUNDERS’ SOCIETY ($10,000-$24,999)

Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Bishop The Clayton Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David Fiser Mr. David Gilbert and Ms. Cynthia Gibson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbertson Dr. James Killeffer and Mrs. Susan Morton-Killeffer Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rottmann Rusty Wallace Automotive Group:Â Ray and Jane Huffaker Lee and Brandi Henson Dr. and Mrs. David Schumaker Mr. and Mrs. James J. Secor, III Mrs. Sarah Stowers Mr. and Mrs. Mark Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Russ Watkins We are grateful to our generous Annual Giving Donors. This 2017-2018 Annual Report on Giving includes gifts received between July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 in support of Annual Fund, Scholarship, and Gala. Even with our utmost care to be accurate, errors sometimes occur. If you made a gift during the past fiscal year and your name has been omitted, misspelled, or listed incorrectly, please accept our sincere apologies. Please let us know of the error by contacting Corinne Mattern, Director of Advancement, at 865-777-4212 or Thank you for your support for ESK!

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TRUSTEES’ SOCIETY ($5,000-$9,999) Dr. and Mrs. Dan Baker Mr. and Mrs. James Biggs Mr. and Mrs. Blake Bookstaff Drs. Richard and Yvonne Bremer Dr. and Mrs. Steven Brewington Mr. David Burkhalter and Mrs. Michelle Mazerolle Burkhalter Mrs. Rhonda Rice Clayton and Mr. Jim Clayton Drs. Dani and Ben Egner Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fielden, Jr. FirstBank Dr. Hesamm and Mrs. Lindsey Gharavi Dr. and Mrs. Charles Gouffon Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Hooker Dr. Valerie Esker and Dr. Michael Koch Mr. and Mrs. Chad Vander Wert Mr. and Mrs. Handy Whitson

HEADMASTER’S SOCIETY ($2,500-$4,999) Anonymous Mr. Scott Atchley and Dr. Kate Atchley Dr. Patrick Bolt and The Rev. Canon Michelle Warriner Bolt Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Browning Mr. and Mrs. Brian Buckberry Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fielden, Sr.

“i choose to support ESK because i appreciate the high quality education and meaningful spiritual guidance at the school.”

-Mrs. Sarah Stowers Former board member and great-grandmother of student Natalie Rottmann

Ms. Margaret Googe Jacqueline & Keith Holdbrooks Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Knoxville Living Mr. and Mrs. Justin Maierhofer Mr. Seth Mofield Mr. and Ms. Adam Nielsen Pilot Flying J Ralph B. Rogers Foundation The Very Rev. and Mrs. John Ross Mr. and Mrs. George Stratigeas Dr. and Mrs. Jack Talmadge

BISHOP’S SOCIETY ($1,500-$2,499) Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Becker Drs. Katherine and Jason Cameron Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Crook Mr. and Mrs. Martin Daniel Mr. and Mrs. Robert Esker Dr. Jonathan Huber and Mrs. Laura Ziegler Lands End Mr. and Mrs. Brian Lawhorn Mr. and Mrs. Michael O’Dell Mr. Townes Osborn and Mr. Bob Marquis Mr. and Mrs. Ted Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Culver Schmid Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sexton Drs. Brandon and Angela Smithey Mr. and Mrs. James Travis Mr. and Mrs. Red Waller

CHAPLAIN’S SOCIETY ($885-$1,499) Anonymous Granny Babs Mr. and Mrs. Archer Bagley Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bailey Mr. Chris Bishop and Mrs. Eden McNabb Bishop Mr. and Mrs. James Cogdill Photo by Megan Venable, VIP Knoxville

Mr. Robert Ezold Flik Independent School Dining Mr. and Mrs. Roger Fouts Mr. and Mrs. Steve Hall Mr. and Mrs. Henry Howell Mr. and Mrs. Ray Huffaker Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Kelley Mr. and Mrs. Justin Lafferty Dr. Keri Lattimore and Mr. Harry King Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Moon Dr. Corinne Nicolas and Ms. Suzanne Shelton Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Overstreet Mr. and Mrs. Donald Preston Dr. and Mrs. Joe Pryse Dr. and Mrs. Reggie Raman Mr. and Mrs. Nick Saliba Dr. and Mrs. Jonathan Shaver Mr. and Mrs. Greg Simpson Mr. and Mrs. Raj Sood Dr. Deborah Sousa Ms. Kathryn Sterchi Drs. Brittany and Douglas Stofko Mrs. Jean Stuckey

SAINTS’ SOCIETY ($351-$884) Dr. and Mrs. David Aljadir Mr. and Mrs. Brad Anderson Ms. Joan Ashe Mr. and Mrs. Mirek Bobek Mrs. Ginger Browning Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Chesnutt Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coe Drs. Judy and Jerry Day Mr. Ryan Dobbs and Dr. Mary Ellen Dobbs Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Edwards Mr. and Rev. John Gatta George W. Reagan Co. Inc Fr. and Mrs. Christopher Hackett Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hardin Dr. and Mrs. Kirk Haun Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Headden

Mr. Chip Henderson and Mrs. Kelly Baker Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Lee Henson Dr. and Ms. Erik Iverson Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Jarnagin Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnston Mr. and Dr. Brian Kaye Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kelly Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kelso Dr. and Mrs. Fred Killeffer Dr. and Mrs. J. Burton Kirkwood Mr. and Mrs. Ron Lawrence Mr. and Mrs. John Lovegrove Dr. and Mrs. Dan Lovely Ms. Lisa Lowe Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Mattern Mr. and Mrs. John Mayo McBrearty Capital Management, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Matthew McClellan Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McLean Mr. and Mrs. Hazen Mirts Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Moretto Dr. and Mrs. Charles Nussbaum Mr. and Mrs. Joey Parker Dr. Brian Parker Mr. Daniel Pelensky and Mrs. Heidi Timmerman Mr. and Mrs. Rob Purvis Mr. and Mrs. Ken Rayborn Dr. Dick Reizenstein and Ms. Marcelle Morgan Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Roddy Mr. Alan Rutenberg and Dr. Pat Brake Rutenberg Mr. and Mrs. Philip Schmidt

SITE Incorporated Mr. and Mrs. David Sprouse Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sudderth Tennessee Excavating Company, LLC The Diocese of East Tennessee Mr. and Mrs. Doug Traver Trinity Benefit Advisors Mrs. Anna Tucker Mr. and Mrs. Tom Urdal Mr. and Mrs. Donald Vowell Mr. and Mrs. Ron Watkins


Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Busby The Rev. and Mrs. Cal Calhoun Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Callahan Mr. and Mrs. Russell Campbell Mr. Eric Carr and Dr. Catherine Carr Mr. and Mrs. Bill Chesnutt Children’s Dentistry of Knoxville Mr. and Mrs. Jon Clark Mr. and Mrs. Peter Clem Mr. and Mrs. Chris Cook Mrs. Pamela Crawford Mr. and Ms. Jason Crouch

(Gifts up to $350) Alexa Springs Ms. Sherri Alley Mr. Gordon Alley Ms. Nancy Allison AmazonSmile Anonymous Ms. Katie Appleby Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Askew Ms. Carol O’Donnell and Ms. Wendy Bach Mr. and Mrs. Max Bahner Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Barber Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barber Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Basden Ms. Ann Bond Mr. and Mrs. Craig Bornemann Mr. and Mrs. Percy Brewington Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Broadhurst Mr. and Mrs. Scott Brown Mr. and Rev. Chris Brown Mr. and Mrs. Luis Buhl Mr. and Mrs. Colin Daley Mr. and Mrs. Mike Darby Ms. Michelle Davis Mr. and Mrs. Jim Davis Mr. and Dr. Richard Davis Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dew Mrs. Kathy DiValentin Ms. Leslie Downey Dr. and Mrs. David Drake Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Dunaway Ms. Christa Early Mr. Frank Erickson and Dr. Elaine Erickson Mr. and Mrs. Steve Evans Ms. Julie Ezold Mr. and Ms. Vincent Farone Mr. and Mrs. James Fellenbaum


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Mrs. Jeanie Fewell Mr. and Ms. William Foster Joe, Virgina, and Simon Fowler Mr. and Dr. Randall Freshour Ms. Ashton Gallagher Dr. Glenn Gholston and Dr. Kelli Green Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Green Dr. and Mrs. Sharon Groer Dr. Susan Grover

Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Guerry Mr. Mark Hacker and Mrs. Rachel Hacker Mr. and Ms. John Hall Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hall Ms. Gay Hall Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Halsey Mr. Lee Han and Ms. Sheau-Fei Huang Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Harden Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Herron Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hethmon Fr. and Mrs. Joshua Hill Mr. Philip Hoffman and Dr. Hillary Fouts Ms. Jeannie Hoover Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Hough Ms. Sara Huff Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hutchens Investors Management Service, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Jenkins Ms. Barbara Johnston Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jones Mr. and Mrs. Larry Kaye Mr. John Keilany Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kelso

Mr. Justin Kennedy and Dr. Donna Kennedy Mr. Joe Book and Ms. Whitney Kent Dr. and Mrs. Bamin Khomami Mr. and Mrs. Jason Khym Mr. and Mrs. Dan Knorr Knoxville Moms Blog Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kot Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lancaster Ms. Catherine V. Lane Ms. Erika Letsinger Mrs. Cayla Lockhart Mr. and Mrs. John Lovegrove Mrs. Janina Perez and Mr. Preston Maples Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mattern Mr. and Mrs. Franklin McCarter Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey McElrath Ms. Stephanie McIntosh Mr. Rudolph McKinley Mrs. Stacy McLemore Mr. and Mrs. George McNutt Mr. and Mrs. George McNutt Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Mealor Mr. and Mrs. Geri Mewett Dr. Wade Milam and Dr. Courtney George Dr. Holly Tucker and Dr. Jude Miller Mr. and Dr. Jason Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Adnan Mohammad Dr. and Mrs. Richard Myers, III Ms. Mary Alice Nard Natural Roots Landscape and Design Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Noland Drs. Joni and Scott Oberlin Mr. and Mrs. Keith Ottaviano Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Papenbrock Dr. Dante Pappano and Dr. Ellen Pappano Mr. and Mrs. Wylvan Parker

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pensky Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Pinilla Premier Surgical Associates, PLLC Purvis Builders Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Quaint Mr. and Mrs. Sameer Ramjee Rev. and Mrs. Thomas Rasnick Ms. Judy Rayborn Ms. Sally Riley Ms. Alicia Rojas ESK Saints Circle Mr. and Mrs. Robert Samples Mr. and Mrs. Greg Schaefer Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Seymour Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Sharpe Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shields Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Shipley Mr. Ken Smith Mr. and Mrs. David Spates Mr. and Mrs. David Sprouse St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Mr. Gary Steadman and Dr. Dawnie Steadman Mr. and Mrs. Max Stephens Mr. David Strange Studio Arts for Dancers 2nd Grade Supply Store Mr. and Mrs. Kristofer Swanson Mr. and Mrs. John Sweeney Mr. and Mrs. Brett Tannhauser The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center The Kula Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Chad Thornhill Mr. and Mrs. Todd Thurman Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Tilley Rev. Rand Timmerman Mr. and Mrs. Dave Travins Mr. and Mrs. Randy Trusley Mr. and Mrs. Doug Tyler Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ullrich Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Underwood

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The Vesser Family M.S. Walker Mr. and Mrs. Lyle West Mr. and Mrs. Justin Whitt Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams Mr. and Mrs. Steve Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Wise Mr. Kenneth Wise and Mrs. Deborah Thompson-Wise Mr. Michael Wolski and Ms. Heather O’Maonaigh Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wood Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wrinkle Dr. and Ms. Richard Young Mrs. Kim Yount Mr. and Mrs. Max Zarchin Dr. Frederick Ziegler Ms. Kay Zimmerman

A Special Thanks to our 14th Annual Saints’ Gala Sponsors and Table Hosts Abercrombie Radiology Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Bishop Bob’s Liquor & Wine Cherokee Distributing Company Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fielden, Jr. FirstBank Flik Independent School Dining George W. Reagan Co. Inc Mr. David Gilbert and Ms. Cynthia Gibson Jacqueline & Keith Holdbrooks Knoxville Living McBrearty Capital Management, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Phillips Pilot Flying J Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rottmann Rusty Wallace Automotive Group: Ray and Jane Huffaker Lee and Brandi Henson SITE Incorporated Tennessee Excavating Company, LLC Trinity Benefit Advisors Ullrich Print Plus Volunteer Pediatric Dentistry, PC Mr. and Mrs. Russ Watkins

Thank you to those who support the Scholarship Fund! Dr. and Mrs. David Aljadir Anonymous


Archers BBQ Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Becker Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Broadhurst Mr. Chris Brown Drs. Katherine and Jason Cameron Mr. and Mrs. Jon Clark Mrs. Rhonda Rice Clayton and Mr. Jim Clayton The Clayton Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Peter Clem Mr. and Ms. Jason Crouch Mr. and Mrs. Colin Daley Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Edwards Drs. Dani and Ben Egner Mr. Frank Erickson and Dr. Elaine Erickson Mr. and Mrs. James Fellenbaum Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fielden, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Fielden, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. David Fiser Mr. David Gilbert and Ms. Cynthia Gibson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gilbertson Ms. Margaret Googe Dr. and Mrs. Charles Gouffon Mr. Lee Han and Ms. Sheau-Fei Huang Dr. and Mrs. Kirk Haun Mr. and Mrs. Chip Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Hooker Mr. and Mrs. Ray Huffaker Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hutchens Dr. and Mrs. Fred Killeffer Dr. James Killeffer and Mrs. Susan Morton-Killeffer Dr. and Mrs. J. Burton Kirkwood Dr. Valerie Esker and Dr. Michael Koch Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lancaster Mr. and Mrs. Brian Lawhorn Mr. and Mrs. Justin Maierhofer Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mattern Mr. and Mrs. John Mayo Mr. and Mrs. Franklin McCarter Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey McElrath Ms. Stephanie McIntosh Dr. and Mrs. Charles Nussbaum Dr. Dante Pappano and Dr. Ellen Pappano Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pensky Ms. Alicia Rojas The Very Rev. and Mrs. John Ross Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rottmann

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Mr. Alan Rutenberg and Dr. Pat Brake Rutenberg Mr. and Mrs. Nick Saliba Mr. and Mrs. James J. Secor, III Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shields Mr. and Mrs. David Sprouse Ms. Kathryn Sterchi Mrs. Sarah Stowers Mr. David Strange Mr. and Mrs. Kristofer Swanson Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Underwood Mr. and Mrs. Red Waller Mr. and Mrs. Russ Watkins

Honor and Memorial Gifts In honor of Will Bagley Ms. Nancy Allison In honor of Alex and Anna Browning Dr. and Mrs. David Drake In honor of Lucy Tyler Mr. and Mrs. Peter Clem Mr. and Mrs. Colin Daley Mr. Frank Erickson and Dr. Elaine Erickson Dr. Hesamm and Mrs. Lindsey Gharavi

Photo by Megan Venable, VIP Knoxville In honor of Raley and Eden Henson Mr. and Mrs. Lee Henson

In honor of Anthony and Jeffrey Schmitt Mr. Joe Stump and Ms. Anna Tucker

In honor of Caroline and Hadley Lovegrove Mr. and Mrs. John Lovegrove

In honor of 6th grade Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Guerry In memory of Judy Cowden, Jennica and Rockne’s grandmother Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ullrich

In honor of Todd Walker ‘14 Dr. and Mrs. Richard Myers, III In honor of Timothy Daley Ms. Mary Alice Nard

In honor of 2nd Grade Mr. and Mrs. Chad Vander Wert

In honor 20 Years of Excellence Mr. and Mrs. Donald Preston Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson III

In honor of Brooke and Brynn Williams Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams

“We support ESK and have stayed involved years after our grandchildren graduated because we believe the school is a tremendous asset to the knoxville area. We want others to know what the school has to offer academically as well as spiritually.”

- Karen and Bob Gilbertson, former board members and grandparents of Taylor ‘13 and Alden ‘15 Haun

Dr. Dante Pappano and Dr. Ellen Pappano Dr. Dick Reizenstein and Ms. Marcelle Morgan Mr. Alan Rutenberg and Dr. Pat Brake Rutenberg In honor of all the HABIT dogs that visit ESK and their owners Mrs. Kathy Divalentin

In honor of Isabella and Rowan Raman for ESK to continue providing excellent education for our children Dr. and Mrs. Reggie Raman

In memory of Brian Thomas Yount Mrs. Kim Yount

In memory of Judy Schmidt Mr. and Mrs. Philip Schmidt In honor of Erika Letsinger for making a difference every day Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Shipley

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Bequest We are grateful to Mrs. Virginia B. “Ginny” Rogers for including ESK in her estate plan. Ginny was a longtime supporter of ESK in many different ways. Her bequest to the school will make a lasting difference and ensures that ESK can continue to carry out its mission. Through her gift, Ginny’s marvelous spirit will live on at ESK for years to come. If you are interested in leaving part of your legacy to ESK in some way, please contact Corinne Mattern at (865) 777-4212 or to discuss further. Again, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Rogers. Matching Gift Companies Discovery, Inc. Medtronic Oak Ridge National Laboratory Travelers

“ESK was an important part of our children’s education--the academic foundation created, the friends they made, and the friends that we as parents made, continue today. We want to help others have the best experience possible....and who doesn’t look great in purple?”

- Jacque Clem, former board member and parent of alumni Riley ‘11 and Davis ‘16

Grants and Special Donations The Bee Cause Project from Whole Kids Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Martin Daniel for the Permanent Sign at Lovell Road and Gilbert Drive Jane L. Pettway Technology Grant Southern Association of Independent Schools Stephen P. Robinson Collaborative Gardening Grant with UT’s Early Learning Center Mayo Garden Center


East Tennessee’s Newest Canon to the Ordinary: The Rev. Canon Michelle Warriner Bolt Bolt, a parent of 4 boys, all ESK students, and current ESK board member, participates in ESK life daily, from helping with homework, serving as a trusted advisor, and volunteering at classroom events. Recently, she took on a new job as the Canon to the Ordinary, which locates her at the East Tennessee Diocesan Office on ESK’s campus. ESK is thrilled to congratulate her on this new responsibility, and even more glad that her new job and the life of ESK can continue to intersect. Michelle Warriner Bolt, an ESK parent and board member, intersects on a regular basis with our school community through her work as a priest. She served as a priest associate for many years at St. John’s Cathedral, and in between her duties there, she often spent time up on the hill, working with ESK when Father Josh invited her, and serving on the board. As her boys grew older and were nurtured during the day at ESK, she felt the call to go back to work more full-time. She was recently called to an exciting position within the Diocese of East Tennessee, where she was named Canon to the Ordinary.

connecting ESK with the vibrant spiritual communities represented by the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee. She can also strengthen connections between ESK and the Diocesan office, helping to navigate questions and ideas that come up in the course of any overlapping work. Finally, working so close to ESK helps to keep her work/life balance in check. In fact, on the first day of her new job, the Bishop took her out to lunch… by walking up the hill to the dining hall at ESK! And Bolt wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Canon to the Ordinary serves in a capacity similar to the chief organizational officer of an institution. One aspect of the job, which is regional in emphasis, asks her to fill a human resource role for the Diocese, matching priests with parishes and finding the right priest for East Tennessee communities. The Episcopal Church is governed by Canons, which are like bylaws, and Bolt is charged with making sure that the Diocese follows the structure laid out in the canon. One of the strengths she brings to her new position is her familiarity and knowledge of both the parishes and culture in East Tennessee. Bolt says “Because I have foundational relationships across the region, I can help Bishop Cole figure out who to call to understand a situation or circumstance, and how to address the ministry and mission of the parish.” Bolt knows that God has been preparing her all along for a position like this. She has a true passion for community, and one of her desires is to help keep local congregations healthy and vital through facilitating group conversation around this theme. She can step in to a community and lead a conversation about how a congregation might need to shift or change direction in order to serve its community, part of which she credits to her knowledge of ESK’s Tribe Agreements. The Tribes Agreements are tenets which are true across age and place and “that empower people to speak their truths in a way that allows all of God’s gifts to be evident in the community.” Another benefit of her new job is her proximity to ESK! Working at the Diocesan office on campus allows her to both help fulfill board goals and keep in touch with her four boys, all ESK students. One of the ESK board goals this year is to be connected with the community, and Bolt feels she can play a strategic role towards meeting this goal through

Bolt is loving her new responsibilities. “While there is much to learn, there is time to learn it all well,” she says, and those who feel harried and pressured can take much comfort in that sentiment. At ESK, we’re glad to have a parent, board member, and advocate of the school close by, as we know she’s on our team as a trusted influence and adviser.

the Tribes Agreements empower people to speak their truths in a way that allows all of the God’s gifts to be evident in the community.

-The Rev. Canon Michelle Warriner Bolt

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