GARRISON FOREST SCHOOL

A joyful learning experience. Inspiring teachers. The space to grow authentically and with confidence. These are just some of the themes that emerge from the voices of Garrison Forest students Ella, a senior, and Sunny, a junior.   

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL PROUD TO BE A STUDENT AT YOUR SCHOOL?

ELLA: It makes me feel proud to be a student at Garrison Forest when I see people laughing and enjoying themselves on campus because it shows how Garrison is a place of joy where people are happy to come to school and have fun. 

SUNNY: Garrison Forest isn’t just a sports school or an academic-heavy school. It is a school of nationally recognized musicians, athletes, and academics. Garrison Forest asks and answers the question: Why not the best of both worlds? This, the plethora of activities available to Garrison girls, is why I am proud to be a student at Garrison Forest School. 

WHAT TEACHER/ COACH/MENTOR HAS MADE THE BIGGEST IMPACT ON YOU, AND WHY?

ELLA: There are so many different people in the Garrison Forest community that have made an impact in my life from the Lower School all the way up to the Upper School that it would be impossible to choose just one person; however, I will thank Mrs. Hutton who was my first grade teacher for everything she has done for me. Mrs. Hutton has not only taught me the basics of how to read and write, but she also taught me the importance of having fun, to always love what you do, and whatever it is that you choose to do, to always do your best. 

SUNNY: There have been a multitude of teachers in my life at Garrison Forest who have profoundly impacted me. So choosing one is certainly not an easy task, but my passion for history leads me to my 7th and 8th grade history teacher, Mr. O (Mr. Oppenheimer). An ardent history teacher, soccer aficionado, and former actor, Mr. O always took the time to get to know me and help me reach my fullest potential. He sublimely accommodated all perspectives and personalities into his classroom while simultaneously making education enjoyable. 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU WILL TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR SCHOOL EXPERIENCE?

ELLA: The biggest lesson that I will take away from my experience at Garrison is to never be afraid to try something new and that it’s okay if you’re not good at something at first as long as you keep working hard and trying your best. I can say I am a confident young woman who is not afraid to do something outside of my comfort zone because of going to an all-girls school like Garrison Forest. 

SUNNY: The Latin phrase, esse quam videri, to be, rather than to seem, is Garrison’s motto. It has been a mantra ingrained in me since I first sang our school’s alma mater song and has also held true in my life. Garrison Forest has created a space which fosters individuality and authenticity. Sticking to who I truly am rather than being someone else has opened so many opportunities for me. Especially in today’s social media-revolved world, people are looking for originality instead of an imitator.

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