Far Brook Alumni

Welcome Alumni!

You are important members of our community, connected to the School by our revered Traditions, deep friendships with peers and faculty, and by memories of Far Brook’s unique hands-on, experiential, and arts-infused learning. We’ve enjoyed seeing you on our recent Zoom Alumni events and look forward to when we can see you back on campus.

We would love to hear from you! Please update your current email address and other contact information so we can let you know of upcoming alumni events.




Reports Digital Editions: Spring & Summer 2020


Alumni Features – Instagram

Meet Shekida Smith-Sandy, Class of 2001 (Kent Place School '05, Princeton University '09, University of Miami '11, University of Miami Law School '15). Shekida is currently a corporate attorney who specializes in investment management and derivatives regulatory and transactional work at a private law firm in Washington, DC. Before attending law school, Shekida taught first grade as part of Teach for America and received her M.S.Ed in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami Graduate School of Education.  While she no longer works in education, Shekida applies the lessons she learned in Miami to her pro bono work on special education and family law cases. 

In Shekida's words, “Far Brook’s approach to learning taught me methods to analyze, digest information, and a process to lead to the correct answer, all of which I use every day in my work now.”

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Meet Morra Aarons-Mele '90 (Kent Place '94, Brown University '98, Harvard University '08). Morra hosts The Anxious Achiever podcast for Harvard Business Review Presents, which was a 2020 Webby Awards Honoree and is a top 10 management podcast. She's passionate about helping people rethink the relationship between their mental health and their leadership. 

Morra is also the author of  Hiding in the Bathroom: A Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home) and founder of award winning social impact agency Women Online. She is an Internet marketer, launching online campaigns for President Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the United Nations Foundation, Hillary Clinton for President, and many other leading figures and organizations. She has written for the Harvard Business Review, FastCompany, O the Oprah Magazine, the Wall St. Journal, the New York Times, and The Guardian. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts with her husband Nicco, and three children. 

As Morra sees it, "Far Brook gave me the curiosity and conceptual thinking to see a different career path and the tools I needed (not the answers) to figure out my path as an entrepreneur in areas I am passionate about. "
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Meet siblings Arianna Papasikos Austin '96 (Pingry '00, UVA '04, UMDNJ '08, Roseman Orthodontics Program), and Jacy Papasikos '99 (Pingry '03, UNC-CH '07, UPenn '11, Temple Orthodontics Program).

Both pursuing careers in orthodontics, doctors Arianna and Jacy are the founding partners at Papasikos Orthodontics in Montclair, NJ.  They reflected on their time at Far Brook:

“We loved the strength of community at Far Brook and how implicit it was to learn empathy for others, especially younger children, like caring for your younger partner in the Processional.  Learning this value early in life helped shape the people we are and helped us in our career as we continue to care for and mentor children.” #FarBrookSchool #ProgressiveEducation #SchoolAsItShouldBe #ChildhoodHappensOnce #Empathy #LearnedValues #HelpingOthers  #ItAllBeganAtFarBrook #FarBrookAlumni
Meet Erin Segal, Far Brook Class of 1991 (Pingry ’95, Amherst ’99, Columbia Graduate School of Social Work ’03, Catholic University Ph.D. in Social Work ’15). Erin is a Social Worker currently providing virtual support for clients in a senior wellness center. She is also a co-founder of Thick Press, a publisher of unusual books about care-giving, justice-seeking, and community-building. Thick Press was born out of Erin's desire to commemorate the stories she was hearing from the support group she ran for senior citizens raised in El Salvador. So, like any Far Brook grad would do, she started her own cross-disciplinary publishing practice! 

Erin is also the lyricist of one of Far Brook’s favorite autumnal songs, “That’s Autumn.” Ever since Allen Artz set to music a poem Erin wrote in 1989, the Far Brook community has been singing it in Morning Meeting, especially at this time of year. We sang it just last week! 

Erin reflected on her Far Brook experience: "Far Brook gave me a love for mucking around outside (I think of the Wetlands every time I smell skunk cabbage!) as well as an appreciation for the joys of mucking around in the arts, without any expectation of perfection. The Helping Others program that was part of the curriculum in the 1990s was my first exposure to community service--and it probably inspired me to become a social worker."
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Far Brook Photos Through the Years