I entered Imago in the middle of second grade and was fortunate enough to have Miss Aronson that year. Coming from another school, I remember being struck by the kindness of not only the teachers but the other students at Imago. I graduated in 1995 in a class of six. I then went to Trivium School in Lancaster, MA, after which I received my degree from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, VT. Culinary school was both rigorous and rewarding. Jonathan and I married -- I had been close friends with his sister Anna at Imago -- and I completed my final internship baking and doing pastry work at Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA. Blue Ginger was a dream of a restaurant to work in -- fast-paced, challenging, inspiring, and run by a chef/owner who is as kind as he is skilled. We then moved to Michigan for Jonathan to attend law school. I managed a small cafe in Ann Arbor until our first child was born.
We now have five children from ages twelve down to almost one, and my days are spent at home raising and teaching them. Though we miss the east coast, God in his provision has placed our family in a charming city half-way between Detroit and Ann Arbor. We try to take advantage of the arts that both cities have to offer. Michigan is beautiful, and we're regular visitors at the state park a couple miles from our house. With any spare time and energy that our schedule allows, Jonathan and I are slowly working on our Victorian home. I still love to cook and bake for my family. Food is such a complex subject. I'm drawn to it primarily for its scientific and artistic facets, but it offers lessons in history, geography, and more. It has the power to not only nourish, but connect people to others in a profound way. Mostly I see cooking as a way of appreciating God's tangible gifts while also giving me the chance to create something beautiful and share it with others.
I have so many fond memories of my time at Imago. Some of the highlights are sledding at the hill in Littleton, playing soccer and exploring the woods there during recess; memorizing and illustrating poetry for Mrs. Hoffrage; Mrs. Beals' science classes -- studying insect taxonomy, and building a working solar oven; reading Shakespeare and To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time with Miss Dey, and having her as our guide through the New York and D.C. trips -- I could go on and on! Imago took into account the whole child while instilling the knowledge that we were part of something bigger than ourselves. From the day I stepped into Miss Aronson's classroom throughout my time there, I grew intellectually, physically, and spiritually. Imago's teachers exemplified a love for their students and a passion for learning that has stayed with me and encouraged me as I homeschool our children. One of the reasons we chose and continue to homeschool is that we want our kids to be able to experience the same wonder that we did at Imago, which will ultimately bring them closer to God. I feel incredibly rich for having had the time I did at Imago, and I'm still grateful that our family became part of its incredible community.