RE Log Magazine

A Team Effort

New leaders and a new structure gird RE for the future

At the highest levels of school leadership, Ransom Everglades is becoming more strategic and intentional. Those who love our school and its long history of honor and excellence also understand the importance of looking forward. We need new, dynamic approaches to manage the changing times in education, stay ahead of the curve academically and continue to execute ambitious plans for school growth.
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List of 2 news stories.

  • The renovated La Brisa house on the upper school campus opened to RE administrators and visitors in October 2022

    La Brisa: Past, present and future

    Matt Margini, RE Humanities Faculty
    Coconut Grove pioneers. Roaring 20s socialites. The globe-trotting power couple of an anthropologist and a lion trainer. The property known as La Brisa has had some interesting owners over the course of its long, rich history, and with every change of hands it has transformed into something new. Under its latest owner, Ransom Everglades, it is now entering its most exciting chapter yet – six years after the school’s purchase of the property in 2016, 100 years after architectural firm Kiehnel and Elliot built the iconic Mediterranean villa that stands there, and over 125 years after a young lawyer named Paul C. Ransom bought a slice of the property from Kirk and Mary Barr Munroe for $1300. 
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  • Veteran faculty members Don Kappelman, Joe Mauro, Karen Thompson and Greg Siegler

    The Veterans: Thompson, Mauro, Kappelman and Siegler keep RE on course

    Four Ransom Everglades teachers with a combined 152 years of experience have helped RE stay grounded and connected to important traditions even as the school leaps boldly into the future. Karen Thompson, in her 41st year; Joe Mauro, in his 38th; Don Kappelman, in his 37th; and Greg Siegler, in his 36th, bring as much energy and enthusiasm to their various roles as they do experience – and their experience is remarkable. Besides serving as full-time teachers, all serve as advisors, and all have held leadership posts at various times.
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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.