Endowed faculty chairs at The Ellis School honor and recognize the distinction of outstanding faculty while providing invaluable support for teaching or classroom activities. They are enduring tributes to the donors who establish them.
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Endowed Faculty Chair in Arts
Kathleen OLIVER Parker’s gift to endow a faculty chair stems from both her passion for the arts, particularly in architectural design, and her passion for Ellis. She believes that Ellis offers a strong and positive education that enhances girls’ lives in every way. Isabelle Moldovan, the Head of the Visual Arts Department and Upper School and Middle School art teacher felt honored upon receiving this award, stating, "It was a proud moment for me when I received the Kathleen OLIVER Parker Chair in the Visual Arts. It symbolizes the importance of Ellis to me both personally and professionally, and how valued the Arts are in this community as important parts of a young woman's total educational experience."
Endowed Faculty Chair in English
Established by The Ellis School and funded by several anonymous donors to honor former Headmistress Helen Mason Moore’s leadership and commitment to the study of literature. This faculty chair is held by Head of the English Department, Norma Greco, Ph.D. Dr. Greco stated, “I consider the appointment an honor and a capstone to a rewarding and remarkable career as a teacher at Ellis.” The Fund’s principal will be held in perpetuity, and spendable income and/or realized gain will be used according to the investment guidelines set forth by Ellis’ Board of Trustees.
Endowed Faculty Chair in History
The Mary H. Grant Endowed Faculty Chair in History was established in Mary’s honor as a lasting tribute to her accomplishments during seven years as leader of The Ellis School and in addition to honoring Mary, the Endowed Chair supports one of Ellis’ long-term institutional priorities, a priority of utmost importance to Mary: the improvement of faculty compensation.
Mary completed the long-sought acquisition of the Penn Avenue Armory, expanded our academic program to include Pre-Kindergarten, encouraged the introduction of new departmental honor societies, and nurtured new student initiatives such as the Culture Jam and our sister school in Afghanistan. She has increased opportunities in the arts and athletics and set a new course for faculty compensation and benefits. Mary was all the while steadfast and constant in her dedication to girls education in general and Ellis’ mission in particular. As a result, her commitment to our school motto, Esse Quam Videre, is reflected in all she accomplished at her time at Ellis.
Ellen Bedell’s teaching has helped impact young woman by instilling leadership skills, inquisitiveness, and a passion for learning both in and beyond the classroom—and her influence proves consequential long into their adulthood.