Blog: OES Insights

Welcome to Insights! Intentionally eclectic, Insights is a monthly blog that lets teachers, administrators, and other OES thought leaders share some of their thinking on important areas of education. Insights is also designed to give members of the OES community a “sneak peek” into key conversations at the school. As such, it is a platform to raise questions and to invite feedback. We hope you enjoy it!

I Pray for my Dog Who is Depresed

By Phillip Craig, Head of Chaplaincy

The Reverend Phillip Craig joined OES in 2007, having served 10 years prior as Head Chaplain at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1995, he received his BA from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his MDiv from Virginia Theological Seminary.

More than 10 years ago, our then Lower School Chaplain Jenny Cleveland introduced a new and simple liturgical element to Chapel - a prayer basket. From that point forward, this invitation has been regularly visible and accessible to all lower school children (and employees).  Small pieces of colored paper and pencils have provided easy access for anyone to write down a prayer for something important.

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Inquiry at OES: Some Reflections from a Newcomer

By Peter Kraft, Associate Head of School

Peter Kraft began his work as Associate Head of School in June 2017. In this role, he oversees all programs at OES—including academic, athletic, spiritual, and residential life. He also teaches a history class and serves as a Co-Advisor in the Upper School.

As someone new to the OES community, I am often asked what drew me to the school. Beyond its reputation for academic excellence and its commitment to being "always open" (in every sense of that phrase), what particularly attracted our family to OES was its Identity statement.

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Dori King

By Dori King, Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement

As the Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement at OES, Dori's charge is to support students, employees, and parents in creating a school where all involved thrive.

Last spring, I started the hunt for a special book. A book that could be a mirror and a window for our community into the experiences of those who are marginalized. This book would be a cornerstone for our foundational understanding of human difference. It would be a catalyst for creating understanding of identity and lived experience.

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