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Milton Hosts Second TEDx Event

In its second year, TEDxMiltonAcademy took center stage at King Theatre on December 1. The event featured seven student, alumni, and faculty speakers with original talks on topics including traditions, grief, love, and medicine.

This year’s speakers were, L-R, Tanya Everett ‘02, Adrienne Fung ’25, Valerie Gu ’25, Samantha Berk ’24, faculty member Kristine Palmero, Sean Burns ’94, and Julia Shephard Stenzel ’82. The talks were recorded for the TEDx YouTube channel.

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Milton Magazine Awarded Gold

In 2023, Milton Magazine received a Gold award in the Circle of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

CASE judges noted: “With its elegant design and smart writing, this magazine has all the hallmarks of a commercial publication.” It’s the second year in a row that the magazine has been a finalist for the Robert Sibley Magazine of the Year Award.

In 2022, it made history by becoming the first publication from an independent school to receive the Sibley, the highest honor in the field.

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NYT Bestselling Author Ilyon Woo P’25 Visits as Heyburn Lecturer

Historian, author, and educator Ilyon Woo P’25 visited Milton in the fall to deliver the Heyburn Lecture and spend time in U. S. history classes. Woo is the author of Master Slave Husband Wife, a riveting true story about an enslaved couple’s escape and journey to freedom. The New York Times selected Woo’s book as one of its 10 best books of 2023.

“You can continue to add to history rather than choosing and privileging one dominant narrative,” Woo told students.

The Henry R. Heyburn ’39 Lecture, which commemorates Heyburn’s love of history and dedication to Milton as a student, parent, and Trustee, brings historians to campus for lively discussions about their research.

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A Teacher First

Alixe Callen ’88 can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to be a teacher.

“Literally back to kindergarten, I knew that I would spend my life as an educator,” Callen said in an interview shortly after becoming Milton Academy’s 13th head of school. “As my life unfolded, I always knew deep inside that is what I would do.”

Callen arrived at Milton with a career portfolio that reflects a richness of experience and accomplishments. Among them, she helped start a high school in rural Arizona; led a highly ranked public high school of almost 2,000 students; and more recently, as head of school at St. George’s School, restructured academic departments into cross-disciplinary groupings that have resulted in more relevant, creative course design.

It was at Brown University where Callen began preparing for a career that would include leadership roles at public, charter, and independent schools across the country. While earning a b.a. (her major was in American civilization) and an m.a.t. (master of arts in teaching), Callen worked with the education reform advocate Theodore (Ted) Sizer. At Brown, Sizer had founded the Coalition of Essential Schools, a national school-reform organization formed in response to his landmark research, detailed in his book Horace’s Compromise. As a research and teaching assistant to Sizer, Callen worked on campus at Brown and with teachers around the country to further the principles of the coalition. This work continues to inform her vision and leadership.  

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