Friends Council on Education executive director Drew Smith and associate director Deborra Sines Pancoe traveled to North Carolina to facilitate Educators New to Quakerism – Southern Region and to connect with Friends Council supporters in the region.
New Garden Friends School (NGFS) kindly hosted ENTQ Southern Region this year and 19 educators from New Garden Friends School, Carolina Friends School, and High Point Friends School attended. “Bringing ENTQ to Greensboro enabled educators in our southern schools to access our programming in a more cost effective way,” said Drew Smith. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for new southern Friends school educators to connect with each other and begin to forge cross-school relationships.”
In addition, Friends Council held an “Evening with Friends Council on Education,” graciously hosted by Ashley and Jonathan Raper. Ashley is Director of Institutional Advancement at NGFS, Jonathan, a Westtown School grad, teaches Middle School History there. They are also NGFS parents. Jonathan’s mother, Ann Raper, is a former NGFS trustee and she and her husband David are longtime supporters of FCE. Drew, Deborra and the Rapers were joined by other Friends Council supporters including, head of New Garden Friends School Kim Freedman, head of Carolina Friends School Karen Cumberbatch, former head of High Point Friends School David Girardi, and his wife Jane, members of the NGFS founding group Judith and Cyril Harvey, clerk of Carolina Friends School and former FCE Board member Mark Kuhn and his wife Cynthia, retired William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College Max Carter and former associate head of New Garden Friends School Jane Carter. Additional guests new to Friends Council circles included NGFS trustee Andy Haile, NGFS trustee and current parent Carry Bassett and her husband Jim, and High Point Friends School founding member and school trustee Phillip Fulton and his wife Theresa.
Friends Council is grateful for our time in North Carolina with our southern Friends school educators and friends.