On Wednesday, August 5, Heritage Hall welcomed back teachers and staff with its annual Faculty Recognition ceremony sponsored by the School’s Board of Trustees. While the event was modified to meet Heritage Hall’s campus reopening protocols – including seating honorees and guests six feet apart and providing to-go lunch boxes rather than a seated lunch – the celebratory atmosphere remained intact.
In addition to recognizing employees for milestone years of service, the School announced two inaugural chaired endowments, The Harrison Family Endowed Fund for ESS and The Bogert Family Endowed Chair for Athletics.
The Harrison Family Endowed Fund for ESS was established with seed money from the 2017 gala (chaired by patron Natalie Nelson) with a matching gift from the family of past patron and former Board of Trustee member Russ Harrison (Russ Harrison and Natalie Shirley are the parents of Chase Harrison ’17 and Kendall Harrison ’19).
The Bogert Family Endowment for Athletics was established with seed money from the 2019 gala (chaired by Brian Bogert ’95, Jenny Gray Ferguson ’96, and Heather Verity Showalter ’95) with a matching gift from the Bogert family (Andy and Vicki Bogert are the parents of Brian Bogert ’95, Brett Bogert ’05, and Brooke Bogert ’10).
The Harrison Family Endowed Chair for ESS – Recipient: Director of Educational Support Services Victoria Beeson
Established by Russ Harrison in 2020, this endowment honors educators who acknowledge learning differences and provide a variety of programs, intervention strategies, and teaching methods to meet the learning needs and challenges of exceptional children.
The Bogert Family Endowment for Athletics – Recipients: Head Football Coach Brett Bogert ’05 and Head Girls’ Tennis Coach Jenny Gray Ferguson ’96
This fund supports a position in the Athletic Department established by Brian Bogert ’95 in 2019 in honor of his family. The Bogerts have devoted more than 50 years to character coaching and excellence in soccer, tennis, golf, football, volleyball, and teaching in their commitment to whole-child education.
Also announced was the second recipient of The Judith Ann Knott Chair for Distinguished Achievement in Elementary Education.
The Judith Ann Knott Chair for Distinguished Achievement in Elementary Education – Recipient: First Grade Teacher Jackie Paulk
Established by friends and family members of Judith Ann Knott, this endowment honors a teacher for grades PS-4 who demonstrates the professionalism and positive attitude that distinguished Judy as a teacher and person.
The chairs embarking on their second terms were also recognized.
The Guy A. Bramble Chair in English and Language Arts – English Department Chair Robert Ring
Established by the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation in 2018, this endowment is dedicated to the longtime, visionary Headmaster and member of the English department. The chair honors teaching excellence in the English or Language Arts Department for grades 5-12.
The Julie O. Bramble Chair in Elementary Education – Educational Support Services Teacher Sharon Marion
Established by the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation in 2018, this endowment honors a teacher for grades PS-4 who demonstrates a nurturing approach, a deep passion for learning, and an unwavering devotion to students.
William Carson Harris ’19 Middle School Faculty Chair – Sixth Grade English Teacher Cathie Perry
This fund was established by Glenn Harris ’77 in memory of his son. Will most appreciated the middle school teachers who cared in and out of the classroom and were devoted to his personal growth, happiness, and success. This endowment honors a teacher who demonstrates compassion and emphasizes the teacher-student relationship.
2020 Heritage Hall Faculty/Staff Milestone Recognitions
40 Years – Betsy Horn, Cathie Perry
30 Years – Julie Bramble
15 Years – Roy Alford, Brett Bogert ’05, Kyle Gillum ’05, Katsumi Hagiwara, Paula Moll
10 Years – Ryan Ackerman, Mary Beth Braggs, Jon Dobbs, Abby Byford Foshee ’06, Elizabeth Gillum, Ed Lawson, George McDowell ’82, Ted Perry ’01, Ami Steelman, Dylan Sullivan, Paige Sun, Jennifer Terry, Amy Walker
5 Years – David Baxter, Roger Bates Jr., Karie Chard, Carly Costello, Linda Gardner, Michelle Hagan ’84, Emily Jacobson, Katie Johnson, Samantha Kobs, Sidney Leite, Vicki Schaeffer, Corry Smith, Michelle Thompson, Fiona Vincent-Diaz