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Andrew Watson and his family came to the Academy from the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia in 2001. Prior to their ten years in the D.C. area, the Watsons taught and lived at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs. A native of Ohio, Andy studied at Ohio State University and Yale University before beginning his teaching career at a public school in Dayton, Ohio. His interests include his family, reading, music, and outdoor activities. He and his wife Carol have three daughters, Madeleine '08, Elizabeth '10, and Corinne '10. Along with his Academy work, Andy shares and learns through professional outreach. Over time, this work includes chairing the Harvard Principals' Center National Advisory Board, teaching at the National Association of Independent School's (NAIS) Institute for New School Heads, serving on boards and advisory boards for the New Mexico Community Foundation and its Elev8 initiative, the United Way’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Albuquerque's Tricklock Theatre Company, and New York-based Educational Records Bureau (ERB). In addition, he has chaired Independent School Association of the Southwest evaluation teams for Kinkaid School (Houston, TX), St. Mark’s School (Dallas, TX), and Colegios Peterson (Mexico City).
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Last week's excursion into the typo on the pens in the bookstore (Allbuquerque) struck a chord in the community, generating more responses than just about anything else I've written about the Academy (The Case of Misprinted Pens). Serving All is a noble goal, one not set (by financial necessity, and sometimes by a lack of interest) at every private school around the country. It is a powerful, but elusive goal, one that is at the heart of our efforts to ensure our financial future on all fronts (tuition, fundraising, endowment performance, other revenue sources…).
Apparently the Sandia bear community has picked up on our mission, for we had an inquiry this past Monday from a young female cub, approximately 100 pounds. Her tour guide was Benji Chavez '20, and she also visited with a few members of our buildings and grounds crew before deciding to check out the view from a tree in the back of the Science Center. Her tour ended soon thereafter when some very able members of APD and Animal Control stopped by, tranquilized and tagged her, and then left for parts unknown.
The pictures here are a few of the images captured by the many eyes, ears, and cellphones around campus.
The arrival of the bear came at an awkward moment, for car pool lines were just forming and athletic practices about to start. We were asked to shelter students in the buildings, which we did through internal communication systems. Realizing that word of a "lockdown" would cause concern, we used our SchoolReach system to send messages to parents. The glitches that developed (the phone blast was sent to last year's list rather than this year's for one) provided useful feedback about our systems, feedback that will move us closer to the best we can be when trying to communicate with so many folks simultaneously in the midst of an unexpected situation. I've reached the conclusion that we will never reach 100% connection and perfection in mass communication moments like this, but it is amazing how new technology makes things so much better now than in the past.
Kidding aside, we took the arrival of the bear cub seriously. Though this is the first official bear visit we've had in over twenty years, I suspect that we will see more in the future. We will be ready. When the serious moment had passed, the wit and whimsy of the community kicked in. Who knew that this event would bring out our punsters and wannabe comedians in such numbers? So, I was reminded of bear necessities, bearly getting the message out in time, sticking with the bear facts, bearing with it, etc. And no, I don't think our friends to the north at La Cueva High School sent their mascot our way, but I was warned to keep the bear away from the Treasurer's Office (stock market joke…), and someone pointed out that the bear must have thought that our Farmer's Market was on Monday. And yes, all of this was o so exciting…
So for this week, we are AllBearquerque Academy, filled with another "only at the Academy" moment, and then with the spirit reflected in all of the humor and verbal quickness of our community. It is all part of the good life we lead here together. Take it from Park Ranger Watson — well done, all you Yogis and BooBoos out there; you all deserve a big bear hug.Click here to view a short video of the bear catch
. Thanks to faculty member Jill Brown for the video!
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