2012 Alumni Panel

On October 26th, Fairhaven School hosted its second alumni panel. Ben Umstead (’01), Geoffrey Craighead (’01), and Brett Smith (’04) spoke of their experiences at Fairhaven School and their time after school.

Here is what Geoffrey posted on his Facebook:

“This is an alumni panel which I participated in for Fairhaven, the Sudbury school that I attended.

Being a student at a Sudbury Model school was one of the most formative aspects of my youth and one that I’m a very strong proponent of for many people.

If you have school-aged children and want them to be in an educational environment which places a premium on their own creativity, responsibility, independence and self-worth, I strongly encourage you to investigate the Sudbury Model. http://www.sudburynetwork.org/

My specific alma mater is Fairhaven School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. https://www.fairhavenschool.com/

By design, every student’s experience will differ radically from any other’s; nonetheless, if you ever have any questions or concerns or want to sate any other kind of curiosity about the model, in general, or Fairhaven, in particular, I’m always more than happy to talk about the experience I had and my transition from the Sudbury model back into a traditional educational model in college.

I loved Fairhaven while I was there and love it still today and am always looking for an opportunity to inspire in my friends the same sort of appreciation for the truly exceptional and unique social and educational asset that the school is. If you’re even the least bit curious, investigate it in depth!”

Please click the link for a preview of the alumni panel with access to all five parts of the panel footage.


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