Congratulations to Mia Bhasin and Stewart Vernon, Class of 2025, for their acceptance into the 2024 Colony Leadership Academy.
Stratford students are problem solvers. From his own student days, Shawn Shivdat ’18 looked for ways to use his own gifts, talents, and interests to help others. From engaging students through the game of chess to providing internet service to underserved communities during COVID to developing an app to help students with sleep issues, he learned how to look at the world with a unique perspective.
One of the experiences Elizabeth Jackson McGee '04 credits with her architectural career choice is Stratford's Senior Project program. She shadowed professionals locally and in New York City before earning her two undergraduate degrees and a master's degree. While Elizabeth's design background has made her a leader in her profession, she credits her Stratford teachers with helping her home the writing and communication skills she leans on every day.
As CEO of a solar energy company bringing groundbreaking services to Georgia residents, Michael Chanin ’02 finds that cultivating curiosity and kindness in his team members leads to the collaboration and innovation the current workforce requires. He also knows firsthand what it is like to build on a Stratford education for a career path that is new and everchanging.
“Almost 9 years ago, we started Stratford’s STEM with a pack of construction paper and the idea that it was about making bridges with straws, and I quickly realized there is so much more to STEM,” shared Leskovics. “We realized students were learning a different way of thinking about education, and it became easy to grow the program because of the student engagement and the understanding that products and topics are endless when it comes to applying STEM to educational purposes.”
What do Stratford students do on the weekends? They serve our community, of course.
College preparation and readiness come in many forms. Learning life skills is one of those. In January, Stratford seniors participated in our inaugural Life Skills Day. The day was focused on teaching students skills to prepare them for life on their own as they move towards post-graduation life and beyond.
Stratford Academy is deeply saddened by the passing of longtime Coach Rodney Collins. While Coach Collins was known for an outstanding career as a football coach during his time at Stratford, winning three state championships, he will be remembered more for the investment he made in the lives of students. His time with them was life-changing, and his impact will continue for many years.
A Celebration of Life for Coach Collins will be held on Saturday, January 13, at 1:00 PM with a visitation following at Ingleside Baptist Church.
Stratford Academy is proud to announce that Paul Carroll has been named the school’s Head Football Coach.