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Making RE a Welcoming Place

RE’s new Head of School brings kindness, empathy and a relentless work ethic

As a newly admitted sixth grader, Mya Wright ’17 marveled that Rachel Rodriguez, then head of the middle school, addressed every student by name. She appreciated the sincerity of Rodriguez’s effort to welcome everyone. “She made me feel like I was meant to be there, and that success was available to me,” Wright said.

Then came the day in eighth grade that Wright’s single mother suffered a stroke. That afternoon, Rodriguez summoned Wright from class to share the news: Her mother had been admitted to the hospital and wouldn’t be coming home for a while.
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  • Faculty member Luis Felipe leads a class

    Charting New Courses: Faculty at RE share their expertise via novel and exciting classes

    Matt Margini, Humanities Department Faculty
    New courses are added to the RE Course of Study every year, reflecting the evolving needs of students as well as the passions of RE faculty. But there’s something a little different about this year’s crop. Advanced African Politics. Biology and Ecology of Sharks. Advanced Machine Learning. Virtual Reality. In a “self-study” report examining RE’s offerings in 2022, the faculty determined that the school’s top academic priority would be moving student “inquiry” into “new intellectual spaces.”
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  • RE's AI Task Force

    Taking on AI: RE faculty together confront the challenges of artificial intelligence

    Matt Margini, Humanities Department Faculty
    Since its debut last November, ChatGPT has lost a bit of the show-pony sheen of its early days. For months, the software, a “chatbot” interface developed by OpenAI that can produce rivers of text in response to virtually any prompt, made headlines and dazzled the world as it seemed to crush ever-more-elaborate intellectual benchmarks. GPT-4, the newest version, passed the multistate bar exam in the 90th percentile; received a 5 on AP US History; even scored a 77 percent on the Advanced Sommelier Exam for professional wine-tasters, despite not having taste buds at all.
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  • David E. Clark '86

    Caretaker of the Campus: David E. Clark ’86 follows in his great-grandfather’s footsteps

    David E. Clark ’86, COO and Interim Head of the Upper School
    Those who know me know how much I love Ransom Everglades. I started at RE as a student in the late ’80s, returned as a mathematics teacher, worked as Dean of Students, and I now serve as COO and Interim Head of the Upper School. Yet few people know the real history and depth of my connection to this great school. The symbolism in the story I’m about to share leaves me filled with pride.
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  • Owen Paris at Ransom Everglades

    REconnecting with Owen Paris

    Maggie Pearson ’80
    Owen Paris, a.k.a., Mr. Paris, Coach, Dean, O.P., is a treasured faculty emeritus who served at Ransom Everglades from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He was inducted into the RE Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017, and he faithfully returns to campus each year for events, such as the annual RE Athletic Hall of Fame induction, the Holiday Party and Alumni Weekend.
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.