Who we are

At any school, it's the teachers, students, parents, alumni, and staff who make the difference. Our school family grows each year, welcoming new friends in the tradition of our school motto: de amicitia - the spirit of friendship. Some current parents were once students here themselves. Some teachers have children who have graduated and come back to canoe on the ponds or chaperone Outdoor Education trips. The sense of family and of a "school home" that children develop here on this remarkable campus -- is part of why Country Day graduates seem so grounded and confident. We are all here to raise children who go on to lives of meaning and purpose. On these pages, meet some of the people who make a difference in the lives of our students -- and of the wider world -- every day. 

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Stories from the Journey: Pete McBride '89, photographer
Posted 07/07/2015 03:54PM

5 Questions for: Pete McBride '89

Alumnus Pete McBride '89 visited ACDS to speak to Middle School students about his recent project to document the journey of the Colorado River from its source -- high in our home mountains -- to the sea. Pete is a documentary photographer, cinematographer, and speaker affiliated with National Geographic. He attended ACDS from Kindergarten to Ninth Grade, then graduated from St. Paul's School '89 and Dartmouth College.

1. What is your best memory of ACDS? 

Outdoor ed was probably the greatest consistent experience. I loved Latin, especially, and all the classes. Skating on the ponds and marching all over the campus... Bruce Gordon, now ofEcoFlight, was our PE teacher. 

2. What was an academic highlight?

One teacher, Tim Willoughby, had a Mad Bess creative writing competition; even though I never won, it is still close to my heart, because I'm a writer now.

3. What are you doing now?

Traveling all over for National Geographic, giving my presentation on a speaking tour. It's intense. You have to present without notes, just using the images as prompts. 

4. What do you think of the campus today?

Well, I'm standing in a room that's cantilevered out over the pond, playing the marimbas. I'm blown away. And I see the luge run for sledding is still there on the hillside.

5. Blue team or Green team?

Blue. We didn't always do so well, but we made up for it with energy.


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  • content mastery
  • knowledge of his or her students and their needs
  • ability to teach to a variety of learning styles
  • ability to integrate technology
  • ability to collaborate effectively
  • commitment to embrace our mission and further our culture
  • ability to offer complementary skills that enrich the programs of the school
  • authentic commitment to lifelong learning through professional development
  • eagerness to serve as an effective ambassador for the school
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