Elizabeth O.

I was lucky enough to spend my entire elementary education at Imago.  I can still remember walking into Miss A's 1st grade classroom on orientation night with my 3-pack of tissues thinking that this was the coolest place I had ever seen. The friends that I would come to make in that classroom are those that I have kept to this day. Imago set the standard not only for my education, but for how I would conduct myself throughout high school and college.

I graduated in 2006 with a class of 12 of my closest friends. We had survived everything together from Mrs. Hintze's Medieval Feast (twice) to memorizing Lessons & Carols songs in record time. After Imago I went to Nashoba Regional High School where I suddenly became a small fish in a big pond. I took comfort in the fact that I knew who I was academically and I felt prepared to tackle any assignment that was handed to me. I think the best thing I learned at Imago which I took even to college with me was the ability to take notes. Miss Dey showed us how to take diligent and effective notes that were sure to give us an A. I can't remember how many times I was thankful for that when I was in classes with teachers who spoke fast and piled on the reading assignments.

I always felt that I had a special bond with Imago. While I was there, my brother was also a student a few grades above me, and my sister and two cousins were in the grades below me. My aunt worked there in the office along with my older sister.  My grandfather had also started teaching math there at the time! (And still is!) I spent 8 years surrounded by my blood family as well as my school family. By the time we graduated in 2006, my classmates and I were as close as any family could be.

After high school I attended Gordon College where I received my bachelor’s in Psychology and Neuroscience. I participated in the Orientation Staff for Gordon after my freshman year, and competed on their swim team my senior year. I currently work as an office administrator/bookkeeper for my brother-in-law’s business and hope to start working on a degree in business this coming year!

Johnpatrick M.

I was fortunate to spend two years in Ms. Aronson’s pre-1st and 1st grade program and eventually graduated from Imago’s 8th grade in 1999. It took a lot of effort on my parents’ part to keep me (and my sister, Emily) in Imago for the duration since my Dad was active-duty military throughout our elementary-school years. They believed in the education and environment that Mss. Dey and Ward provided, and I know that all these years later they feel that their faith was well-placed. And I concur! Of course, I can’t take any credit for the tough choices my parents made.

Like several other Imago alums, I received my high school education at the Stony Brook school on Long Island, an exciting four years that were reminiscent of the boarding school stories we concocted in Ms. Hintze’s English class as a pastime. After graduating (alongside another Imago alumnus, Jared Kaijala) I spent some time at Gordon College, and a semester here and there until I graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in Psychology.

I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my Psychology degree; my first job out of college was working as a Research Assistant at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Later, I studied Law and Education at University of Maryland, worked as a legal researcher and taught high school English in the Baltimore City Public School System before I took my current position as a Research Health Science Specialist with Veterans Affairs. It’s been especially fascinating and sobering to transition from work focused on solving the problems of warfighters in the field during my time at Walter Reed to the concerns of Veterans, many of whom are psychological and physical casualties of those campaigns. I’m confronted with their sacrifice on a daily basis. The VA providers I work with routinely go above and beyond in providing care to some of the most complex patients of any healthcare system in the country. It’s an inspiring place to work, even when the task of caring for our aging and wounded seems insurmountable. In order to be a better research collaborator and have more opportunities for independent research I anticipate studying Biostatistics at University at Buffalo in the near future.

By far the best thing about moving to Buffalo was meeting a young medical student named Candace Okupski. The first thing that attracted me to her was her taste in books (honestly!), including an appreciation for many Imago staples. Two people that’ve spent years internalizing the writings of CS Lewis will recognize each other in an instant. Candace and I married less than a year ago and we live in a little 19th century home on the West Side of Buffalo that we’re constantly repairing. I’m proud to say that she’s now finishing up her last year of residency (internal medicine) and will be a fellow of infectious disease at University at Buffalo in 2016. We have two lovely cats named Fyodor and Yaki Mandu.

My former teachers and peers will probably remember that I was always falling apart at the seams as a young boy with severe hemophilia. Well, one of the benefits of being stuck in bed is you develop a number of hobbies: reading, for one. Before I married Candace and gained the benefit of her keen eye for design, books were the only decorations in my apartment. Also, during a year of intense treatments for hemophilia complications in college that robbed me of my (previously abundant) appetite I found I could only stomach food I cooked myself. Thus began a fascination with cooking that persists, and I’m the head chef for our little household. I can do wonders with legumes and a pressure cooker! Over the past seven years or so, my board game collection has been competing with my books for shelf space. No matter what condition I find myself in, I’m always up for competing strategically with my friends or engaging in some escapism with my wife involving efficiently managing a little cardboard farm. If it’s not already obvious, I’ve got the collector’s bug, and I’ve also accumulated cabinets of whiskies from around the world. I’m part of a local group that organizes tastings and talks on the topic of whiskey distilling. My sympathy for animals is always looking for an outlet. Right now that takes the shape of finding homes for stray and surrendered cats with a local shelter.

I’m going to surprise my former teachers with this one, but out of many excellent Imago memories I’m going with the drama program. Mandatory participation in the annual Reformation plays (and musicals) was exactly what I needed as a shy and introverted child. I would have died before admitting I enjoyed it at the time, but if I had been given the option to opt out I wouldn’t have the memories of coming together with my school family to present the foundational stories of our church and the timeless stories of American musical theatre. I even ended up missing this thing I gave every outward impression of hating when I went off to high school and with no one to remind me that I hated it I ended up participating in every play I could. Being pushed onto the stage set off a chain of events that made me a more well-adjusted and empathetic person than I would have become if left to my own devices to practice geometry or memorize facts about insects and planets. Also, bringing up Reformation plays to the uninitiated is a great conversation starter.

Runner-up memory goes to Mrs. Goulding’s 7th grade informal logic class. One of the most useful courses of instruction I’ve ever received. Honestly, I think about something that has its roots in that classroom every day.

Please, if you know any Veterans in crisis, give them the number for the Veterans’ Crisis Line (https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/) 1-800-273-8255.

Bev "Miss A." Aronson~ A walk down memory lane

As we continue our 35th anniversary series highlighting the alumni of Imago, the opportunity to also feature one of the School's most notable teachers could not be missed.  It is with great joy that we present the lovely history of Bev Aronson, Imago's esteemed first teacher!

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Preface:   
When I got to the end of what I wanted to relate in this brief “history”, I went back to the beginning for a read through to see if there were any glaring errors.  I did find some, but mostly what I could see is how the omniscient, sovereign Lord “groomed” me over the years so I would be ready to begin with Imago at just the appointed time.  Amazingly awesome!
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When I entered first grade back in the dark ages of 1946 (age 5, definitely not recommended) I fell in love with my teacher, Miss Morey, and I said to my friend one day at recess, “When I grow up I want to be a first grade teacher.” So, when I was a senior in high school, I knew that the right thing to do was to apply to what was, back then, the BEST teacher college in the country, known then as Framingham State Teacher’s College, an “all girls” college at that time and dedicated exclusively to training teachers for elementary school.  Superintendents as far away as California would come to interview senior students to teach in their schools.  I ended up accepting a position offered to me to teach FIRST grade in the Medfield Public Schools here in Massachusetts; the principal told me that the main reason they asked me to come teach in Medfield was because, during the interview, I said, “I wouldn’t consider teaching anything else but FIRST grade!”, and, according to the principal, it was very rare to have someone say that.

I spent 5 years teaching in Medfield, and it was a great opportunity to hone my teaching skills because the principal, dear Mrs. Washburn, really understood young children and what they needed.  She ran a “tight” ship with a loving approach, and she paired all new first year teachers with an experienced teacher so we “newbies” could be encouraged and mentored throughout that first year.  There were six first grades in the school so there was lots of interaction and helpful cooperation amongst the teachers.

During the summers of my time in the Medfield Public Schools I worked at a Christian camp for inner city kids, Camp Chilaven.  There were Haven clubs in several key areas of Boston, and the kids could earn a free week at camp by memorizing Bible verses.  It was at this camp that I made lifelong friends and was challenged about the possibility of missionary work -- in what capacity, where, or for how long I did not know, but I did know that I would need some training, so during my fifth year in Medfield I applied to Moody Bible Institute for a one year course as a “special student”.

It was at Moody, during a missionary conference, that I learned of the need for teachers on the mission field, and one of the missionaries told me of a school in the Philippines called Faith Academy, a school (grades K-12) for the children of missionaries working in the far eastern countries.  I applied in April of that year of study and heard back that they needed a FIRST grade teacher for two years beginning that July.  If I wanted to accept the position I needed to be affiliated with a mission, so I applied to the same mission of the missionary who told me about Faith Academy. (The application was like a final exam in theology so I was thankful for the training I had received at Moody.)  I was accepted by the mission and at Faith Academy.  This was mid-May by that time, and I had to be in the Philippines at the school in July (different school schedule from ours).  Marvelously the Lord worked out every detail: passport; visa; support money; travel arrangements!  My time at Faith Academy extended from two years to four – more life-long friends, wonderful experiences, and lots of memories (including earthquakes and typhoons, and the Central Luzon Floods).

When I returned to the States, I sent out many applications to various towns searching for a teaching position, but with no success because there were so many applicants for any available opening, unlike when I graduated from college and towns everywhere were crying for teachers; so I ventured into the business world.  I missed my teaching, but I loved walking out the door at the end of each work day without a bag of more work to do at home.

Several years went by (years of missing teaching, in spite of all the work involved) when, one evening in late July of 1981, a friend telephoned to tell me that a new Christian school was going to open in Acton come September and that I should go to an open house they were having later that week to learn more.  

What do you think of when you hear the words “Open House”?  -- My thoughts exactly, but that was not the case.  Upon arrival at the lovely school building in a wooded area, I was directed by the custodian to walk down a windowed hallway and up a few steps to the next level.  There I found three empty rooms with boxes shoved in the corner of one of the rooms and three people standing in the middle of the room engaged in conversation.  I was sure I was in the wrong place!  I said, “Excuse me, I am trying to find the Open House for the Imago School.”  They assured me I was in the right place.  Right place? I wasn’t sure at all!  One of the women broke off from the group of three and greeted me (my first conversation with Linny Dey).  After listening to her talk about the vision for Imago and seeing the sparkle in her eyes, I moved from wondering if I were in the right place to knowing that I was, especially when the conversation involved C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, L’Abri, and their association with Francis Schaeffer! Before I left that afternoon I asked for an application and filled it out as soon as I got home. (By the way, they had me study for two weeks at Southborough L’Abri one summer in our beginning days so I could get the “flavor”. I loved it!)  

At my interview, three chairs (for Miss Dey, Miss Ward, and me) had been added to the middle of the room previously described.  It was unusual as interviews go because we just chatted – about my life, their background, and more about their vision for the school -- and about my teaching experience to that point and what I thought it meant to be a Christian and how that could that be involved in education.  Then they asked me if I thought I could handle teaching three grades in the same classroom.  I answered that it would mean a lot of lesson plans, but it could be done; I told them about having a class of 30 first-graders in the Philippines with such a wide spread of abilities in that class that I divided them into 5 groups and just moved from group to group teaching while keeping all the groups constructively occupied, so I thought I could handle 3 grades.  Perhaps that answer is why they hired me, I don’t know, but I ended up with grades 1-3 and two children in each grade.  Miss Dey taught grades 4-6, and, according to Robby White, one of my first-graders, “Miss Ward swept the floor.” (The only time he saw her was at lunch – we all ate together back then.  Oh, by the way, you might still catch Miss Ward sweeping the floors amongst other things around the edges – she has a servant’s heart!)

From mid-August, when I applied to Imago, there wasn’t much time to get those three empty rooms ready to begin school right after Labor Day.  Miss Dey and I went dumpster-diving outside the building where the three rooms were, knowing that the town had just closed that school in June.  We found lots of perfectly good books to use in our classrooms.  (Imago’s history curriculum is based on many of the books we got out of that dumpster.)  Another school in the town had bought new desks and chairs for some of their classrooms, and we were able to get their cast-off, but perfectly good furniture, for our classrooms.  Since they were going to throw them away, we took way more than we needed (thinking of growth for Imago).  Most of that furniture is still in use today.

That first year we started all ready, right after Labor Day, with 13 children; I got another first-grader in October, so 7 for me and 7 for Miss Dey. Those were happy, busy days of feeling our way along.  Miss Dey and I were very involved with our various grade levels, and Miss Ward more with the organizational details along with teaching a science class and gym.  She had a bit more time to “hover” over my doings, but following an after school chat one day early on in that first year, I convinced her that I knew what I was doing, and she left me ever after that to “do my thing”.  It was so freeing to be trusted like that!

There were lots of field trips that year (everybody piled into two cars before the days of belting and state regulations) – trips into Boston to the museums, also to Worcester for exploring the Higgins Armory, and many afternoon walks around Walden Pond.  It was also the year of FIRSTS: the first Orientation Night; the first Reformation Play; the first Thanksgiving Feast; the first Lessons and Carols; and the first Beach Day (at the ocean).  There wasn’t a first Graduation until two years later when Karen Beers Augusta was our first graduate.

After a few years, Acton reclaimed their building, so we moved to another town-abandoned school building in Littleton.  What a lot of work getting that building ready!  After a few years, Littleton reclaimed that building for their library and town offices, and Imago moved to Maynard and its current location in a former parochial school building.  I think it was when we moved to Maynard that I finally got to teach just one grade entirely of darling first-graders.  That was it each year (except for becoming the primary grades supervisor and writing curriculum) until my retirement in June of 2007.  But, as it turned out, I only partially retired because Miss Ward called a month later and asked if I would teach part time, which I did in various capacities until 2014 when recuperating from brain surgery took very much longer than I expected, resulting in a whole school year missed.  Thankfully, I am able this school year to help around the edges each Friday morning.  It keeps me young at heart working with my Imago “darlings”! 

The Imago School is a very special school, and it has been a blessing from God to be a part of its educating so many “darlings” over these past 34+ years!  I love you all so much! … And, I so appreciate the dear friends I have made at Imago over these years, friends who are more like family!

P.S. – I couldn’t resist! --
“Remember, remember the 5th of November!” (Guy Fawkes and me …)
This year it’s #74.

Denise K.

I began Imago in the pre-first program and was one of the few who had the opportunity to be part of the Imago High School. I graduated from the Imago school in 2002.    After receiving my high school diploma from Imago, I attended Regis College where I majored in Psychology and graduated in 2007. Shortly after that I married my husband, Benjamin.  I was also blessed to receive the role of step mother to his two children.   God and my growing love for children led me to work at Nashoba Learning Group, an out of district school placement for children on the autism spectrum.  At Nashoba I had the pleasure to teach a number of great individuals and was given a heart for those with disabilities. At the end of my seven years working at Nashoba Learning Group I started to pursue a masters in Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis at Bay Path University which I am still currently working on. In addition to studying, my husband and I have been blessed with two little girls, making our family a family of six. We also have many pets and raise chickens, turkeys, goats and a pig.  We enjoy being outdoors, hiking, kayaking and spending time together.  

Recently I have been overwhelmingly blessed to take on a position as the Kindergarten teacher at the Imago School. This has been such a blessing for a multitude of reasons.  To start with, Imago is such a truly unique and precious find. There is no place like Imago.  Looking back I am truly grateful for receiving an education there. The things that stood out to me the most were the Christ like love all the teachers displayed in their own unique ways to all of their students and passion for teaching all things good, beautiful and true. This model, all wrapped in faith, taught me many important lessons for life.  Hard work, persistence and determination are essential.

 Another blessing that has come from this new venture is that my daughter has the opportunity to attend this great school. Having her in an environment where she is surrounded by love and that is centered in faith, rich in the classics and all things good, beautiful and true is more than I could ask for.  Academic excellence while building strong character is another attribute of an Imago education that I admire. Lastly, I value the emphasis on teaching children to think logically and critically rather than just teaching rote facts.  

There are so many memories I have of Imago but one of my favorite memories was the Thanksgiving feasts where we would all dress up as pilgrims and Indians and the entire school would spend time together. Imago was a crucial part of my life as a child and helped shaped me into the person I am today.  I am so happy to be back home at Imago and contribute to others being able to have an Imago education. 

Benjamin

Benjamin is a recent graduate of Imago who is currently a home schooled 10th grader enjoying a broad range of academic and recreational pursuits. Like all of our alumni, we are so thrilled to hear about his love of learning and, more poignantly, his love of passing on those skills to others.

Benjamin graduated in 2014 and has used his brief time since 8th grade to study for and pass 5 AP exams(with scores of 5 on ALL!) as well as study 5 foreign languages including Classical Hebrew and Mandarin. He has continued his study for Latin and has twice scored 100% on the National Latin exam. In his spare time he enjoys tutoring 2 Chinese speaking students in English.

Benjamin plays several instruments including the bagpipe and the natural horn bugle. He puts these and other skills to use when participating in reenactments as a redcoat and in serving as a living history interpreter for the Minuteman National Park.

At home, Benjamin is an active participant in household work and chores as well as joyfully participating in the care of his 8 year old brother who has Down Syndrome. Benjamin credits his time at Imago with increasing his social confidence and group skills; his parents were thrilled to see him transform from a shy, hesitant participant in early school plays to a confident male lead as he reached the Upper School. Both they and Benjamin were grateful for the athletic opportunities, including soccer with Coach Cushing that afforded him the chance to be an enthusiastic team member while broadening his horizons through sportsmanship. His experience singing with Imago has also carried over to his life after 8th grade as he now makes a point of learning bass parts to songs his family sings in church.

A favorite recent experience of Ben’s has been putting to use his education in language and phonetics, fostered by teachers at Imago, that already allows him to earn a wage as a tutor. His work with younger students learning English has been doubly rewarding!

Emily P.

I began my years at imago in the pre-first program, and over the years I moved with the school from Shattuck Street in Littleton to St. Bridgets’s in Maynard. I graduated from 8th grade at Imago, and went on to join in the pilot program for the Imago Upper School. I, along with a few other classmates, welcomed this new chapter in our lives. Imago exceeded our expectations; instilling in us a renewed desire to learn, and offering us challenges for which I will always be grateful. I left Imago to attend Trivium, where I graduated in 2003. I went on to study biology as a pre-med major at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI where I met my husband, Jake while we were playing collegiate soccer. I transferred to Norwich University in VT to attend nursing school, where I graduated in 2007 with a BSN. After graduation I travelled back to Massachusetts with my husband, where he served as an officer recruiter for the Marine Corps in Amherst. We are currently stationed at The Marine Corps Recruiting Station in Lexington, KY, where we have been for the past two and a half years. We have travelled a great deal over the past few years, and this spring we will be making our 8thmove together as we head back to Quantico, VA with the Marine Corps. We have been through several lengthy deployments, which have brought their own set of challenges and rewards; the latest was particularly unique as I welcomed our third son while Jake was in Afghanistan. We have four children, three sons and a daughter, who are remarkably resilient, hilarious, earnest individuals. As a military family we have had the opportunity to travel, to make incredible friends from all over the world, and to be a part of various units and a military family that is unmatched in its closeness.  We look forward to what the next move and the next duty station can offer for us and our family, and in return what we can do to serve our community wherever that may be.

 

Throughout my years at Imago I was blessed to be a part of a community that espoused not only great knowledge and education for the mind, but for the soul as well. The care that each and every teacher took to show us in very deliberate ways that our spiritual lives were intertwined with our education was invaluable. I am grateful for each painstakingly well thought out lesson that helped to form my thinking as well as my faith. I learned what it means to serve and to lead with quiet humility from the same teachers who introduced me to phonics, Shakespeare and the Periodic Table. There were many service and leadership opportunities including mentoring younger students, cleaning blackboards, and at one point, coaching soccer. These opportunities allowed me to invest energy and creativity into my inherent skillset and furnished me with a deep desire to use these skills throughout my life and within my various vocations; as mother, wife, nurse, and military spouse. Imago inspired me towards a life of service and leadership.  The Imago community inspired me to have a backbone, to be courageous, and to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” We were given the opportunity to stretch ourselves and to go beyond ourselves to serve, cherish and honor others and their lives. Out of my many Imago memories, I am especially grateful for the chapel speakers.  I remember hearing from those individuals who made it their life’s work to go where it was hard, to do what was hard, to speak, and teach and pray and love that which was hard. I will always remember those speakers; the missionaries, the pastors, the professionals, and the parents who valued us as children so much that they would take time out of their lives and schedules to honor us with their presence; stating with their presence that our existence and our education were paramount. We were, and continue to be blessed to be surrounded by those individuals within the Imago community who, with every fiber of their being, instill worth in others by speaking their existence in light of The Creator.

As a Marine wife and a mother of four, I look back on my foundational time at Imago not only to reminisce about Reformation plays,  jog-a-thons, Myan temples dripping with painted blood, or insect collections (which still grace the walls of the Henrickson house), but also to serve as a reminder of my roots. No matter where I go or what I am called upon to do, I always have the voices of the Imago community in my head and in my heart.

Bethany T.

I entered Imago in fourth grade and remember immediately being surrounded by a new group of welcoming friends- I was even invited for play dates before school started. Coming from a public school setting to a private school with only seven students in my class could have been seen as a drastic change. Instead, I was warmly welcomed.  I remember appreciating the individual and small group attention as well as the friendly environment, coupled with high expectations for both behavior and academics.

I graduated from Imago in 1998 after having spent five years there, from grades 4 through 8.  I then attended Nashoba Regional High School. I remember being shocked the first week of school at how students were actually talking when their teachers were teaching! I also remember being naively prideful of my abilities- that I had already written research papers at Imago; I was able to go right into Latin 2 and sophomore English and could write a well-developed paper with ease.  This talent, however, all came at an enormous cost. I will never forget painstakingly taking notes for research papers on individual index cards and compiling a research paper made out of hundreds of these sentences. It goes without saying that Imago incredibly prepared me for my further education.  

Because of Imago’s introduction to the Arts, I also became immediately involved in Nashoba’s drama program and student government. I was elected president of my class for three years. I attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie New York and received my bachelors in Psychology and teaching certificates in Elementary Education and Moderate Disabilities. From there, I received my Masters’ in Literacy and Language from Framingham State.  Right after college, I was hired by the Town of Billerica and I have been here ever since. For the first four years, I was a special education teacher for grades K-3, and have been a fourth grade teacher for the past 6 years.

I carry the same tradition that Mrs. Hoffrage introduced me to and read my students The Indian in the Cupboard every year. I always loved read-aloud time, especially as she changed her voice for each character and knew that would be something I would carry on. Some of my favorite memories were the “grand conversations” held around the table in fourth grade when Mrs. Hoffrage discussed our stories with us. Mrs. Beals’ condensation science experiments where we mixed rock salt and ice water and waited for the results and, unknowingly, killed all the bulbs the school custodian had just planted outside; dressing up as Charlemagne in my coat of arms;  finding Miss Ward’s clothes in a bathroom during Winterfest and documenting the evidence with our Polaroid camera (I may still have the picture); practicing for Lessons and Carols and making sure I rang the bell with perfect timing; eating maple syrup and pickles on snow;  the week long 7th and 8th grade trips to New York and Washington D.C. where my love for LesMiserables started- How lucky we were to have these trips!

Imago fostered in me a love of learning which has grown into a passion for educating the next generation of students who walk through my classroom doors. Because of Imago I have lifelong friends and cherished memories. For these, among countless other things, I am always grateful.

*administrative edit: Imago is proud to share Bethany's accomplishment as a prize winning educator here:  http://billerica.wickedlocal.com/article/20140425/News/140427440

Anna C.

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I graduated from Imago in 1995. My entire elementary education took place at Imago in the Shattuck Street location. My time at Imago was happy, joyful, fun, and full of goodness. I have so many wonderful memories of Imago that it is difficult to pick out just a few. I recall enthusiastically performing in the Reformation play and the musical each year. I remember competing with Nate Daman for the math chair in 8th grade (and not winning it!). I remember the estimation jar, poetry memorization and nature walks in fourth grade. Fifth grade brought on the enjoyable challenge of achieving an A grade in Miss Dey's history tests. I remember watching the lessons being written in chalk on the board and learning to take proper notes. 

After Imago I attended Trivium school for three years, graduating in 1998. Imago had prepared me for high school to such an extent that I skipped freshman year. In my senior year, I studied independently and went to Indonesia with a former Imago, missionary family to help tutor their two youngest children. It took me several years to find my direction after graduation and in this time I worked, attended a six month DTS with YWAM, and thought about at least three or four different career paths! When I finally did settle down, I studied for a degree in International Business, Finance, and Economics. I graduated from The University of Manchester in England in 2005 with a first class degree. After graduation, I was offered a place at the University of Cambridge to study for a Masters degree in Economics. This coincided with becoming engaged to be married to the wonderful Benjamin Cooper. So, instead of further academic study, Ben and I were married in October of 2005 and I went on to work at a hedge fund in London as an investment analyst on a high yield trading desk. 

 I have been fortunate enough to live in England for nearly 14 consecutive years. Ben and I have been blessed with two daughters, Grace and Maggie. We currently live in the English countryside in the county of Wiltshire. The beauty of the countryside will always amaze me. There is something truly wonderful about the way the passage of the seasons is marked in the changing fields of linseed and wheat. After so many years in England, I have acquired a British passport and a British accent much to the amusement of my long standing Imago friends! 

I gave up full time work in London when my eldest, Grace, was born. Life is full and rewarding. As a stay at home mother, I am able to indulge my interests in gardening, cooking, interior design, and country pursuits. My love of academic learning still lingers, however. From time to time, I contemplate going back to school for graduate study. I attribute this love of learning to my years at Imago. 

I now appreciate how unique Imago was and still is as a school. The small class sizes fostered friendships that I still treasure today. One great childhood friend became my sister-in-law. Another great friendship is now 30 years strong and more like family. My time at Imago was rich and fulfilling. Imago certainly taught me how to think well, to write analytically, to coherently argue a point. At no point in my education afterwards did I encounter as fine a teacher and thinker as Miss Dey. So much of what I learned at Imago carried me all the way through university. Imago was not only academically rich. Imago also instilled in me a love of things greater than myself. Imago was filled with teachers and students who loved and appreciated great artists, writers, composers, and thinkers. In showing its students the great works of the past, children were encouraged and inspired to broaden their horizons. Perhaps most importantly, Imago was filled with teachers who loved the goodness and beauty of God and who sought to share this with the children. My love of Imago can be summed up in two memories: Lessons & Carols and Miss Dey's history tests.

Emma J.

I joined The Imago School at the start of fifth grade and can vividly remember torturing my poor parents nearly every night with the most pathetic, woeful sobs ever produced by a 10 year-old.  How dare they pull me from my friends, my school, nearly every ounce of daily familiarity I had to join a Christian school that was strict and strange with only 11 children in my grade and a firm dress code? I had to wear a belt and penny loafers every day, for goodness sake!  The crying only worsted with the onslaught of Ms. Dey’s rigorous history exams.  Surely these exams were created for 56 year-old geniuses and she was trying to drive us crazy with term lists, short answers and, worst of all, formal essays.  I had to learn how to study properly, retain information and then convey that information in an intelligent, organized, grammatically correct way; and I did.  The exams became easier, writing became a joyful pastime, and those 11 children became some of my very best, sweetest, lifelong friends who have shared in the delight of graduations, weddings, babies and the every day.  I cannot picture my life without them.  Although my parents never said “I told you so”, I am deeply thankful for the immense blessing they gave me through Imago.  I graduated in 1997, went on to Nashoba Regional High School, then to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where I graduated with a degree in Communications, and a fiancé. 

            Steve and I were married shortly after graduation and promptly moved from Massachusetts to Georgia, where I began working for a large medical software company.  My role in the company was within the scope of marketing and PR, and I became the chief writer of press releases, also aiding in the creation of nearly all marketing, sales, and ad copy as well as the editor of all company materials that came across my desk.  I wrote published articles for my company and aided in speech-writing for our C-level employees.  When corporate deadlines loomed and I was charged with writing several releases within one afternoon, I felt that after surviving what seemed like a countless number of Ms. Dey’s history exams, surely a few press releases would be a piece of cake. 

            I am now the very proud mother of four children, Thomas, 6, Wim, 4, Lucy, 3 and Theo, 16 months and my days are spent rediscovering the splendor of God’s creation through their eyes.  In my academic and professional life, I felt eternally grateful to Imago for the classical education I received.  I knew that I was able to build my career upon writing because of Mrs. Hintze’s writing exercises, and because of her relentless insistence upon learning and utilizing grammatical correctness.  At the tender age of 10, I could stop my aunt in her tracks at our family thanksgiving buffet with a single utterance: “The subject of the sentence is in the nominative case.”  Now that I am a mother of school-aged children, I am grateful to Imago for entirely different reasons.  In the seventh grade, I genuinely forgot to do my math homework.  I was wrought with guilt and shame and decided it would be better to tell Mrs. Beals at the beginning of the day, rather than carry the burden of guilt until math.  I will never forget how she responded.  She was unhappy that I had forgotten, but told me not to worry, used the word “grace” and gave me until the next day to complete it without any penalty.  I desperately want my children to attend a school that upholds classical education, but above all else, teaches Christianity in every moment possible.

            There are too many perfect Imago memories that are forever etched in my mind to list here.  When my Imago friends and I are together, we can’t help but recount as many as we can, and laugh at the fun we had.  Speaking in a secret, self-made, partially correct Latin.  Having to shamefully choose an ugly belt from the belt closet when I forgot to wear mine (a recurring memory).  The thrill of eating maple syrup, snow and pickles when Jean-Louis was in town, our extreme excitement convincing us it was delicious.  Witnessing my brother sing “I’m Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No” for a school musical audition while Mrs. Bancroft tried to suppress her giggling as she accompanied on the piano.  Exchanging entertained and bewildered looks with my class as Mrs. Hintze told us to write an essay about… a potato on her desk.  Holding my nose back-stage as nearly the entire cast of the Pirates of Penzance threw up as Strep picked us off one by one.  Singing beloved songs every Wednesday in Chapel. The memories never end, and hopefully one day, my children will attend a school just like Imago and make beautiful memories of their own.

Liv B.

I attended Imago from 5th to 8th grade and graduated in 1993. After Imago, I went to Trivium in Lancaster and then Hillsdale College, where I earned a BA in History with a Music minor. While at Hillsdale, I got to study at Oxford and travel in Europe a little. From 2001-2, I taught at the fledgling Imago Upper School and took the students on a class trip to England with my dad, Pastor Hintze who came along as chaperone and expert on all things.

After marrying Brandon Booth, I taught and tutored in Texas and Missouri. We have recently moved to Midland, TX where Brandon volunteers full time as the Associate Executive Director of Worldview Academy, a Christian academic leadership camp for high schoolers. We have been traveling the nation with Worldview every summer since before we were married. This summer, Worldview celebrates its 20th year of training students to think and live in accord with a biblical worldview. We have a camp in New Hampshire; check it out at www.worldview.org.

Some happy memories from my Imago days are diagramming sentences in grammar with Miss Dey (yes, I enjoy that), failing every Miss Dey history test I ever took (happy because I ended up majoring in History to balance out the universe), sledding at recess at the Shattuck Street location (so many bloody noses!) and Winter Fest with Jean Louis le Duc (don't tell Miss Ward!). I remember creativity, silliness, big questions, big music, big joy and the feeling of entering in on something I could be proud of. Imago taught me how to learn, how to live, how to work, and how to play.

Between summers of travel and training teens, we live on the Triple L (Live, Labor, Learn) Ranch in Midland with our 5 children (yes, we had a bunch of babies along the way), 3 dogs, a retired horse, 11 chickens, a rooster named “Cake” and Junior the Turtle who travels with us all summer in a plastic shoe box. He hasn't yet complained.

Lillian W.

I graduated from Imago in 2007 and attended Littleton High School, graduating as Valedictorian in 2011. I then went on to Worcester polytechnic institute, class of 2015, majoring in Robotics engineering and mechanical engineering. I was involved in the Christian Bible Fellowship, Women in Robotics Engineering, and Rho Beta Epsilon (robotics engineering honors society). I also had the great honor of being awarded the Salisbury Prize in 2015.

I was just hired at DMC in Somerville, MA 2.5 weeks ago as a Systems Engineer in the automation group. We are engineering consultants, so people call us in to program their equipment to run automated processes. My project right now is a small scale test facility at a power plant. You can see my employee bio at dmcinfo.com when it gets put up in the next few days!

I moved to Watertown right after graduation where I live with my college roommate Sara Beth and whatever WPI friend stops by that day.

I love cooking and baking and sharing meals with people and I'm planning to get a sewing machine so we can decorate our apartment. I also recently found out that there's a maker space in watertown with a 3D printer, so I'm excited to get back into that. I'm still looking for a church to be involved in in the Boston area and I'm hoping to find a good young adults group.

As part of an effort to stay in touch with Imago I recently helped with an 'Hour of Code'. I brought in some mindstorms Lego robots and helped with a robot cup stacking game, and it seemed like a big hit! I'd love to do that again.

Laura P.

I graduated from Imago in 1997. I went from a class of eleven students at Imago to a class of nearly 200 at Nashoba Regional High School where I became actively involved in the music department. This was due in large part to my Imago experiences in music performance as well as other Imago alumni who welcomed me there.

I double majored in math and secondary education at Gordon College, thoroughly enjoying my years there. I was able to complete my studies at Gordon in 3.5 years and then spend the semester before graduation in Siberia. I lived with a missionary family from SEND International (www.send.org), helped in their homeschool teaching math and science, and also studied a little Russian just for fun. For this, I was thankful for my foundation in Latin at Imago. Although not a Romance language, Russian grammar has declensions, and I would have truly been at a loss in my immersion-style lessons had I not already understood these.

After college, I had an eight-year career teaching math. After four years at Algonquin Regional High School, I married Andy Papia and moved to Dorchester. I then taught for one year at Parkside Christian Academy and nearly three more years at Brookline High School until my first son was born and I resigned to be home full time with him.

I miss many aspects of classroom teaching, but I also love that I am able to be the primary teacher for my kids right now. We have two boys, Drew (almost 2.5) and Liam (10 months). Besides caring for them full time, I also have the privilege of being on the board of my neighborhood organization, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (www.DSNI.org). In addition, my husband and I lead an intentional Christian community in our home. We share our big Victorian house with four other young adults. We meet together regularly and each serve our neighborhood in some capacity. We seek to live in Dorchester missionally, to be good neighbors and to live simply in order to be generous with our time and resources. (We will have one opening in our community as early as August 1, so if you or someone you know may be interested in living here, please message me for details.)

I love Imago. It is because of Imago that I have Becca (Andersen) Tam as a life-long friend. I am a teacher now because I was inspired by the excellent teachers I had there. I remember loving math as early as second grade when I was dubbed the “math queen” by Miss Farrington for being undefeated in the flashcard game Around the World. I had the honor of sitting in the “math chair” in eighth grade for having the best math scores in grades 5-7 (Thanks, Mrs. Beals!). I believe I was challenged more academically at Imago than I ever was in high school (and perhaps even college). But far more important than having academic rigor, my teachers modeled a love for learning as well as for teaching. I remember all of the Miss Dey history projects I ever made, can still quote the poems that Mrs. Hoffrage had us memorize; I still know all the words to every Christmas carol ever written (Thanks, Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Weibly!) and have fond memories of performing The Pirates of Penzance and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Imago was a lot of work and so much fun all at the same time. I am so grateful for the ways Imago teachers loved me and helped me become who I am today.

Aaron B.

I graduated from Imago in 1994, in a class of six. From there, I went to Westford Academy. As prior alumni have said, there was somewhat of a transition going to a public school, into a class of over 200. I was well-prepared academically from my time at Imago, and I quickly got involved in sports, music, and other after-school programs.

I graduated with an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, I was part of Campus Crusade for Christ and attended Park Street Church downtown.

Immediately after college, I worked for a couple of software start-ups in the Boston area. Some day, I’ll likely return to that world, but a little over seven years ago, I had the opportunity to join a small group called the Global Health Delivery Project, a startup-like non-profit affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Business School. I jumped at the chance to put my software development and team management skills to use to build products and services that helped those delivering health care in isolated, resource-limited settings. It’s been a challenging but fun journey.

My wife, Laura, and I live in Arlington, MA, which has a great balance of urban and suburban life for us. (We’re both originally from Westford.) God has blessed us with a full, noisy, and fun house: we have three children and a golden retriever.

I started playing music (first trombone, later guitar and bass) during my time at Imago, and it’s been something I’ve continued through high school, college, and beyond. One of the things I always appreciated about Imago was that the arts were considered an important component of our development, reflected in the amount of time dedicated to them in the curriculum.

As others have said, it’s hard to pick just one Imago memory. I spent my entire eight years at Imago in the Shattuck St building in Littleton, so I have fond memories of sledding on the big hill, playing soccer on the lower field, rehearsing for Reformation plays in the gym/auditorium, and the big “move downstairs” when we hit 5th grade. More obscure memories include dissecting beef hearts in science class, a 100-page-long drawing we made in 1st grade (we might have been the instigators behind Miss A’s 1-page-per-person-per-day policy), and making sugar-cube dioramas for history class.

Sarah J.

I graduated from Imago School in 1992 along with my friend Jesse Byler from our class of two. Jesse and I traveled through all the grades together since 1st grade. After that, I graduated from Trivium School in Lancaster, MA and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Biology from Tufts University.

Following college I tried out my Biology degree in several jobs including teaching math and science (including one year at Imago) and working in a medical lab, before finding my way towards my truer calling: working as an ecologist and wildlife biologist. I have been with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2006. For several years I worked at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA and I am currently in southern New Jersey at the E. B. Forsythe NWR. Having worked at two coastal refuges, my projects often focus on salt marsh health and restoration. A typical summer field day could include banding least sandpipers, catching and counting tiny salt marsh fish, or getting stuck in the sticky low tide mud. In the winter work shifts indoors to crunch the numbers and report on findings. I enjoy working outside because every day is an opportunity to look closely and see something new and fascinating.

If I’m not outside for work, them I’m probably outside birding or hiking in my free time. In my six months in New Jersey, I’ve logged exactly 200 bird species in Atlantic County. While I most enjoy watching the “right” birds migrate across at the “right” time and pity the lost vagrants, I do hope to add additional species to my list during fall migration.

As an avid hiker, I relished the quest to hike the “4000 Footers”, joining with family and friends to summit all 48 mountains above 4000 feet in New Hampshire’s White Mountains National Forest. I also spent an inspirational three weeks hiking the 273-mile Long Trail through Vermont from the Massachusetts border to Canada.

The education I received from Imago set me up to succeed in school and life. Learning from teachers who loved me, I developed critical thinking skills, learned how to speak in public, and developed a love of words. And I still remember finding sea urchins with Mrs. Mechlin at Beach Day in Gloucester, Mrs. Hoffrage reading “Where the Red Fern Grows” aloud to us during lunch, and exploring the Cloisters with Ms. Dey on the class trip to NYC. I am very grateful for the unique and excellent education I received at Imago.

Maddi C.

I graduated from Imago in 2007 and went to Littleton and Maynard high schools where I played every sport available. Most recently I graduated from The King’s College in Manhattan where I ran cross-country and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Culture, and the Arts with concentrations in Museum Studies and Contemporary Fine Art History.

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to do but, 6 internships later and a full resume, I am now an Audience Development Associate at FITZ & CO, a full service public relations and marketing agency with a focus on luxury brands and fine art. My new bio is up at Fitzandco.com/staff.

I spent my freshman year of college living in Mississippi before moving to New York City. I recently just moved to Brooklyn from Manhattan and currently share an apartment with my roommate, a fellow art nerd, and several cacti. I attend a church in the neighborhood of Tribeca called Trinity Grace, it is part of a larger church group in NYC that focuses on churches within smaller communities because the city is so big. Before moving I could walk!

I am running my third half-marathon this fall with two good friends and running buddies. This is despite all those jog-a-thons I walked just to spite my mother. You can also find me chugging coffees, green juice, or spinning before work.

I learned the most about myself through the middle school history tests, I didn’t leave Imago loving history, but several years down the road it played a significant part in my college career- and for that I am grateful!’

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Chad W.

I graduated 8th grade from Imago in 1995… yikes, that was 20 years ago! Like Aaron Beals, I also spent my years at Imago in Littleton.

Looking back at my time at Imago some of my favorite memories are centered around the social (and often competitive) aspects, which doesn’t surprise me at all! Soccer and sledding at recess, Winterfest and “pickles and snow”, Field Days, and Jog-a-thons!

Although my favorite memories might not be the academics, I appreciate how I was setup to succeed academically well beyond my years at Imago. The classes and teachers really stretched me in ways that were uncomfortable (sometimes painful) in the moment but the lessons and study habits stuck with me. The harder the lesson is in the moment the more rewarding it is in the long run.

When I graduated from Imago, my family was experiencing another major transition. Just a few months prior, we moved from a smaller “fellowship” church where my dad was the pastor and we had been for over a decade, to a quickly growing Grace Baptist Church with a bustling youth ministry meeting in a middle school cafeteria. Luckily there were a couple consistent things in my life: my relationship with God, my family, and a handful of close friends (thanks Jon Hughes).

From Imago, I went to Nashoba Regional High School. I personally had no trouble going from a smaller class size to a larger class size, because it opened up doors for so many more relationships! I immediately joined the football team that fall and other team sports in the other seasons. I also got deeply involved in my new church and the youth group. It was during my junior year of high school that God planted the call to vocational ministry deep in my heart.

After high school, I studied Youth Ministry, Theology, and Missions at Gordon College and graduated class of 2004. It’s interesting how Reformation Plays helped me in church history classes!

God’s path for me is exciting to look back on because I can clearly see his hand guiding each step. However, much like my time at Imago I didn’t realize in the moment the importance of the uncomfortable and often painful lessons I was learning along the way. God is sovereign, God is so good, He loves us, and uses all things in life to work together for the good of those that love Him and are called according to his purposes for them.

I think that’s one of those life long lessons that I have been learning starting all the way back to my time at Imago. We can try to run away from the challenges of life or confidently walk through them knowing that God is all about the work of redemption. When you know that God will show up, there is a sense of peace in the midst chaos.

I have been a youth pastor at several churches in New England and am currently the NextGen Pastor at Grace Baptist Church (the one I went to in High School!). In this role I oversee the staff and ministries that cover cradle to college. I’m married to an amazing woman, Stephanie, who has put up with my craziness for almost 9 years and we have two beautiful girls Priya (3) and Nalani (1).

I’m thankful to all at Imago for loving me and being part of my story.

Virginia V.

After graduating from Imago in 2009 I attended Littleton High School, graduating in 2013. While I was at Littleton I enjoyed being in the school musicals, Chorus and the Latin Club.

For four summers during and after high school I worked as a camp counselor, lifeguard and Division Director at New England Camp Cedarbrook.

I attended Gordon College after graduating high school, majoring in Linguistics and Elementary Education. At the end of my first year at Gordon I decided that God was calling me elsewhere. I wanted to be in an environment that didn’t just teach me to teach school but also taught me teach the Bible. Long term I would like to continue working in camp ministry.

This past January, after a semester off from school I transferred to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. At Moody I will earn my teaching degree in both elementary education and in educational ministry.

During the summer of 2013, while taking lifequard training at Camp Cedarbrook along with the counselors from New England Frontier Camp, I met Zac Vestigo. He was on his second year working at NEFC, along with some of his closest friends from Oregon. After dating long distance for the last two years we were married this past weekend, August 9, 2015! This fall we will both be back at Moody where Zac is studying Youth Ministry.

When I look back at my time at Imago I can see how much care and love the teachers had for the students. This spring I had the opportunity to work alongside Miss Heikkila while completing my observation hours. I was reminded how much Miss Heikkila and my other teachers at Imago cared for me and that I was more to them than just a student at a desk when I was in their class. I hope that when I am teaching fulltime I will have that same love for my students. A passion not to just teach them to read, write and reason but to be praying for them as they grow up and move on to adulthood.

David O.

I attended Imago School from about 1992 to 1999. I had the pleasure of experiencing the Littleton location, with the hill and the woods, before finishing my last couple years in Maynard.

I have a lot of fond memories of Miss A pulling my loose teeth and I’m pretty sure that I remember her teaching me how to read. I also recall a lot of hardcore sledding in Littleton (including being fully run over by a tube while making my way back up the hill on foot), a full solar eclipse (possibly 1994?), and being fascinated by geography in 4th Grade with Mrs. Hoffrage.

The yearly visit from Jean-Louis leDuc is a highlight, and I have definitely made myself a snack of maple syrup, snow, and pickles within the last couple years.

History class with Ms. Dey in 5th and 6th Grade was my absolute favorite. I think that I knew at that point that world history would somehow lead me into whatever path my life was going to take.

After Imago, I went to high school at Trivium School and Nashoba Regional High School. I then went on to Gordon College, where I studied History, with a minor in East Asian Studies. Just as Ms. Dey had led me to believe, studying History turned out to be the key to understanding the complexities of geography, politics, philosophy, art, science, and religion.

During my senior year of college, I finagled an internship in the Asian Export Art department at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem MA, and after I graduated in 2008, it turned into a fulltime position. I am currently a Collection Manager at PEM, and my position focuses on the planning and execution of exhibitions. On a daily basis, priceless objects of world art and history from institutions and private collections around the world physically move through my hands, from Dutch and Flemish master paintings to rare Native American artifacts to contemporary art such as Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests.

I married my high school girlfriend Leah Grimaldi in 2009. She is an artist (painting, drawing, and sculpture) and a preschool teacher. We enjoy travelling together and running/cycling/boxing/etc. We have two handsome pets, a cat and a rabbit. We hope to someday raise children that are well travelled, well read, and well educated at schools like Imago."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geg8JVt5ZUU

(In the video above, David is in blue pants and a white shirt)

http://pem.org/sites/strandbeest/happenings/

Jonathan G.

I joined Lance Cole, Nathan Crighton, and Tommy Hoffrage in January 1986 for the second half of sixth grade and remained until we graduated in 1988. Lance, Nathan, and I then went to The Stony Brook Christian Academy on Long Island where I completed the first two years of high school. I finished up at Bromfield in Harvard. Over the next nine years, I worked and earned my B.S. in criminal justice from Northeastern University. I then made the best decision of my life and married Caitlin Henrickson, also an Imago graduate. We moved to Michigan so I that I could attend law school at Ave Maria Law School. Early in my legal career, I became a prosecutor for the Department of Homeland Security where I have happily remained. Caitlin and I have now been married for fourteen years and continue to live in Michigan, a state we have grown to love, where we are raising and educating our five children in a peaceful hamlet outside of Detroit. 
I'm not sure I have a favorite memory from Imago days. I remember the teachers' amusement at my expertise in crafting run-on sentences. (I toyed with the idea of doing this recollection in a single sentence). I had great fun running around in the woods during recess and learning to love learning in, of all places, Latin class. I do know that I wish I had more of these memories--two and a half years at Imago was not enough. Children, particularly young children, need to be be raised and educated in an environment that is, above all else, love. That was Imago during the short time I was there. Caitlin and I are so thankful for our time there and pleased that today Imago continues to educate another generation in God's love and in the wonders of his amazing universe.

Caitlin G.

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.