Johnson Joins Retirement

Johnson Joins Retirement Originally Written by the Communications Office The 2019-20 academic year was met with numerous changes, but in the midst of welcoming new school leadership and getting to know a new group of Pioneers, there was a bittersweet departure from Morgan Hall that was keenly felt by the school. After 45 academic years … Continue reading

Bon Voyage, Borrmann (For a Year)

Bon Voyage, Borrmann (For a Year) Isabella Folio ’22 As Western Reserve Academy heads into a new school year this upcoming fall, the community will be saying a temporary goodbye to one of its most senior faculty members, Mrs. Christine Borrmann. Mrs. Borrmann has spent 30 years teaching French, and her love of the language … Continue reading

Polak Parts Ways

Polak Parts Ways Hannah Ma ’22 This year was the last year for Mrs. Melissa Polak as she, along with her family, is moving to Bluffton, South Carolina. Mrs. Polak contributed to the Western Reserve Academy community in countless ways. While most students remember her as the smiling face behind the candy bowl in the … Continue reading

Farewell to Fox

Farewell to Fox Isabella Folio ’22 Ms. Elizabeth Fox, the Assistant Dean of Student Life and Weekend Activity Coordinator since 2017, chose to begin a new chapter in her life. She will be leaving for Boston. Though Ms. Fox is leaving WRA, her time on campus remains full of fond memories and she played a … Continue reading

Kisthardt Kicks Off New Career

Kisthardt Kicks Off New Career Ilyana Smith ’20 Ms. Jackie Kisthardt has been working in the WRA athletics office for the past two years. In that time, she has also served as a member of the varsity field hockey coaching staff. As a former field hockey player in college, Ms. Kisthardt loves the sport, and … Continue reading

Preston Proceeds Forward

Preston Proceeds Forward Elie Aoun ’21 Mr. Joel Preston has worked for the Science Department and helped with many activities in his time at Western Reserve Academy. Throughout his time as a teacher at WRA he taught chemistry, honors chemistry, and physics. Mr. Preston was often seen at study hall where he often proctored as … Continue reading

Berry Finds New Business

Berry Finds New Business Elie Aoun ’21 Mrs. Jennifer Berry joined Western Reserve Academy in 2019 as Interim Director of College Counseling. In her short time she has worked with many students as their college counselor to help them get into a diverse range of colleges and universities. Mrs. Berry loved helping students through the … Continue reading

Gieske is Gone

Gieske is Gone Elie Aoun ’21 Mr. Hardy Gieske has been teaching at Western Reserve Academy since 2017 when he joined as the Chair of the Math Department. His wife, Mrs. Vanessa Gieske, who was the Associate Director of Admission Marketing and Relations, and their two children, will be leaving this year with him. Mr. … Continue reading

Goodbye, Gieske

Goodbye, Gieske Ellie Polyak ’21 Mrs. Vanessa Gieske has been at Western Reserve Academy since 2017 as Associative Director of Admission Marketing and Relations, joined by her husband, and former Chair of the Math Department, Mr. Hardy Gieske. She and her family will be leaving at the end of this school year to open a … Continue reading

Doe Draws Career to a Close

Doe Draws Career to a Close Camille Wheeler ’21 Mr. Alan Doe began his Reserve journey many years ago. In his long time at WRA Mr. Doe has taught two-dimensional art and photography, held a position as a department chair for the Arts, has received the J. Ward and Marian Keener Prize, the Parents Chair … Continue reading