Jonathan came to Walker’s from Vassar College, where he was the assistant director of alumni engagement. Prior to his time at Vassar, he was an advancement staff specialist at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Previously, he worked as an administrative assistant to the director of development at Trinity College (Hartford), his alma mater, where he studied Sociology. Jonathan’s experience in development and alumni relations make him well-suited to admissions where strong interpersonal, technological and institutional skills are critical.
What was it about The Ethel Walker School that made you want to work here?
When I applied to Walker’s, I was seeking four things from my workplace. I wanted an environment that challenged me, engaged me, included me, and inspired me. From the moment I walked through the front doors of Beaver Brook, I felt all those things but most especially the last one. Walker’s and its students continue to inspire me on a daily basis.
What is your favorite Walker’s tradition?
Mountain Day is one of my favorites. It’s one of the first traditions after everyone settles in. Everyone is relaxed and ready to climb Talcott Mountain as a group. Faculty bring along their pets, the new girls get to know each other and see campus from afar – and the photos taken at the summit are some of my fave!
If you were to give advice to an incoming Walker’s student, what would it be?
Be yourself. Try everything. Always smile and say hello.
What advice would you give to a graduating Walker’s senior?
Just because you are graduating doesn’t mean your connection to our community ends. Think of us and visit – we’re always thinking of you!
What is your favorite thing to do in your free time?
I’m an avid baker – and will bring in treats like brownies, cakes, and cookies to the office! I have also been known to throw down a baking challenge every now and then.
What is the most rewarding part about working at Walker’s?
Seeing the girls come into their own and mature throughout the year is remarkable. Every year, before Commencement when the girls are preparing to head off on summer break, I take a moment to try and think back to those first few days of the year – when new girls are so nervous and seniors are trying to manage starting their final year of high school along with college applications. To see how far they have come and the young women they have turned into is a special part of being a member of this community.