Breadcrumbs

Honor a teacher

Georgia and Dick Bassett (ASL 1974-96)

My sister and I were avid participants in the Honor Band and Choir Festival that Georgia and Dick Bassett started, eventually growing it into the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) that creates opportunities for young musicians all over the world. Thanks to their vision, I was able to share this music experience with both my children. AMIS and the Bassetts brought our family full circle!

—Michael Brantley ’86 P ’18 ’20

Mary Bradley (ASL 1953-71)

Ms. Bradley lay the groundwork on poetry and prose—especially grammar, punctuation, and spelling—all before spellcheck! Imagine the horror today!

—John Ehrlich ’63

Colin Bridgewater (ASL 2000-present)

Everything I did in Colin Bridgewater’s class was rooted in experiential learning. As his student, I discovered that I wanted to be the type of teacher who inspires innovation like that.

—Leigh Ercole ’07

Bob Carter (ASL 1969-2014)

One of the important lessons that Coach Carter instilled in me was the importance of being humble. My teammates and I were talented, and we gave 100 percent, but we knew better than to do anything to show up our opponents. We were taught that both hard work and humility come with success. Bob gave me a solid understanding of coaching and helped me realize that I wanted to follow in his footsteps and pursue PE and coaching as a profession. After graduating from Santa Clara University, California, I went on to earn my teaching credential from San Jose State University and have been working at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) since 1982. Thirty-three years in the same job speaks for itself. Bob led me to my career.

—Jeff Reynolds ’77

Buck Herron (ASL 1998-present)

Our daughter gained a lot from Buck. He was able to instill a lot of confidence in his students, and she uses these skills every day in her job and in her personal life. For that, I am forever grateful.

—Laura Sukawaty P ’05 ’07

Alice and Bill Iacuessa (ASL 1979-2000)

Alice and Bill Iacuessa were great teachers, coaches and mentors, and we hope our kids find teachers who are as important in their lives as the Iacuessas were in ours.

—Andrew Obenshain ’92 and Gregory Obenshain ’92

Judy Kisor (ASL 1994-2014)

Judy Kisor is the reason why I pursued a degree in Art History, which eventually led to a career in the arts. I loved her AP Art History Class. Her passion and enthusiasm was inspiring and she taught me how to look and think about art in a new way.

—Whitney Hintz ’99

Alice Leader (ASL 1975-2009)

Mrs. Leader is the reason why I keep faithfully giving back to ASL. As my teacher, she would go over my essays, sentence by sentence, after class and taught me how to write. Without her attention, I would not have gotten into Barnard. ASL provided my brother and me with an exceptional education and experience that our family has deeply appreciated ever since.

—Aya Yoshida ’85

John Lockwood (ASL 1967-2007)

For the past five years, a group of ASL friends and former rugby players have gathered annually in Europe to hoist a pint and watch a Six Nations Tour match. We were all coached by John Lockwood, who instilled a love of the game that carries on to this day; we travel thousands of miles every year to renew this unique camaraderie. Coach Lockwood was an inspiration.

—Raul Biancardi ’80, Mike Cottle ’79, Scott Mason ’79, Dave McCloskey ’80, Mark Pearson ’80 and Tim Sickinger ’80

Cynthia and Steve Wasley (ASL 1975-2008)

Cynthia and Stephen Wasley remain two of the most memorable, important teachers I’ve had.

—Stephanie Schueppert ’89 P ’24 ’26