On Friday, February 15, 2019, Head of School Rich Schellhas announced that the newly established Chair for Excellence in the Teaching of Science would be named the Diane Goldstein 1760 Chair for Excellence in the Teaching of Science in honor of Upper School Science Teacher Diane Goldstein 1760. Here is what Mr. Schellhas said during the announcement to faculty and staff in the Honickman Auditorium.
"One of my major goals for this year was to continue to raise funds for honorary chairs at GA, in particular the pursuit of a Chair for Excellence in the Teaching of Science to be awarded, as with the other honorary chairs, on a three-year rotating basis to a master teacher in the Lower, Middle, or Upper School based on nominations from the community. As with the other honorary chairs, an endowment of $100,000 is necessary in order to eventually provide, through interest earned, a stipend of $3,500 per year to the recipient along with an extra $1,500 per year designated for professional development for all members of that department.
"I am thrilled to report that a GA family with two alums has stepped forward to fund the chair in full and in perpetuity. They are so eager to get the ball rolling that rather than wait for the endowment to generate interest over time they have fully invested in order to enable us to make the initial award this June at our end-of-year faculty breakfast. This commitment is such a meaningful testament to the extraordinary work our science teachers have done for, well, 259 years, but it is especially a tribute to our science department over the past 20 years who engaged students so deeply to inspire this award.
"I’d also like to take this moment to thank our Director of Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, Audrey Schnur, for whom funding this and other chairs is a personal passion project.
"The naming of honorary chairs is at the discretion of the donor with approval by GA’s administration. Some chairs are named for GA alums, some for GA families, and others for GA faculty.
"I’m extremely proud to announce that the naming of the Chair for Excellence in the Teaching of Science is a first – the first to be named in honor of a female member of our faculty. A member of our faculty since 1995, this member of the Class of 1760 has taken her very practical experience as an engineer and parlayed it into outstanding, hands-on teaching in the fields of physics, robotics, rocketry, and engineering at GA. She has literally and figuratively run the distance at GA, serving also as a great coach, a superb advisor, and a multi-talented teacher to learners of all levels. Like me, she can’t wait to be part of the bestowing of the first honorary science chair later this spring and hopes this inaugural awarding will inspire dozens of passionate nominations. Please give a rousing round of applause as I present a very official plaque in recognition of the establishment of the Diane Goldstein 1760 Chair for Excellence in the Teaching of Science!"