Author: Milton Academy

Seeking Equity in Sports

A new conference asks Independent School League athletes to be leaders in equity and inclusion. Story by Marisa Donelan Olivia Greenaway ’22 fell in love with the game of squash in middle school after following her older sister into the sport. By the time she reached Milton’s Upper School, she was the only freshman to make it to the varsity team—and the only Black girl in the program—struggling both off and on the court. “Even though I had always felt different from my teammates, by the time sophomore year approached, my inferiority complex was at an all-time high,” she...

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After 24 Years, a Return to the Classroom

Gretchen Johnson remembers her first days as a fifth-grade teacher in Milton’s Lower School. After spending several years just out of college working in marketing for the Boston Celtics and Bruins, she was ready and eager in 1995 to put her training in early education into practice.

“I dove right in,” Johnson says, about those early years coteaching fifth grade with longtime Milton faculty member Scott Ford. “I don’t think I realized how much I would love it until I really was in it. I found the students to be just so refreshing and straightforward. In the corporate world, everyone is very careful about what they say. Engaging with fifth-graders is so uplifting. That was the first ‘wow’ for me and it ran throughout the year.”

Johnson taught for several years, until in 1998, her passion for writing took her into the magazine world where she worked for Inc. and Boston Magazine. She also expanded a tutoring business she had begun in the summers while teaching at Milton. Miller Academy (Miller was her last name at the time) was a thriving business for many years as she married and raised a daughter. It also helped keep her up to date as theories and practices around education evolved.

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Head of School Leaves Lasting Imprint

Todd Bland’s successful tenure as Milton’s Head of School is the result of a unique blend of talents, says former Board of Trustees President Lisa Donohue ’83. I still remember the moment as if it were yesterday. Spring of 2008, and I was a new trustee at Milton Academy, participating in my first official vote. But it wasn’t just any vote, it was a vote to appoint a new head of school. Heady stuff, so to speak. No small amount of pressure to make the right decision. When it was over, Todd Bland was appointed as the 12th head...

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Amherst Coach Jack Arena ’79 Achieves 500th Win

Story by Bob York It’s obvious the moment you step into Jack Arena’s ’79 office: Everything’s about his players. A pair of Sid Watson Awards, honoring the two National Div. III Player of the Year recipients Arena has mentored during his 40 years as a hockey coach at Amherst College, immediately catch your eye. Then there are the nine plaques paying tribute to four players and five teams that were NCAA Div. III Statistical Champions during his reign. Behind his desk, eight other plaques serve as accolades for former players who earned All-American status. “I’ve never been one to...

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