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Honoring Combined Service of More Than 70 Years

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As we approach the end of the school year, we give special thought to the individuals in our community who make up the whole. Every person makes an impact! This year, three members of the AFS faculty are moving on after more than 70 years of combined service to AFS. We are so lucky to know them and to be able to celebrate them during these last few weeks of school. We honor Kathy Lopez, Megan Bellwoar Hollinger and Renie Campbell!

An expert in the development and teaching and learning of six and seven-year-olds, Kathy Lopez has had an incredible impact on AFS. Her commitment to stewardship of the environment, her dedication to lifelong learning, and her love of her students are core to who she is. She is truly a shining light. Kathy has taught more than 300 young students here at AFS!

Chair of the Arts Department Megan Bellwoar Hollinger has been the mastermind behind so many of our plays and musicals, producing more than 40 productions and elevating and maintaining a Best School for Theaterlevel of an award-winning program with over 100 Cappies nominations. Her sophisticated eye and collaboration have brought the next level of excellence to our theatre program. Megan has dedicated her leadership, talents and compassion to AFS for 25 years. 

For 30 years, Renie Campbell has been a significant part of the lifeblood that runs through AFS. She has witnessed and helped steward AFS through significant transitions and transformations. She has contributed to our community as an English Teacher, English Department Chair, Upper School Dean of Students, and for the last six years, Director of Student Support. In this role, she coordinates a team to ensure the growth of the whole student.

We will be honoring our colleagues and others at the end of the school year, but we know that so many in our community may want to send their good wishes. We are gathering content for some video tributes for Kathy, Megan and Renie and we need your help. We encourage students, families and colleagues to add your well wishes in video form. Please use the respective links below (it’s quick & easy) and we want to include you in this special collection of memories. Thank you!

Please submit your video by June 5!

AFS teachers collectively devote thousands of hours each year to helping students perform with confidence and be the best versions of themselves. To Honor Megan, Kathy and Renie for their years of service to AFS and our students please make a gift today in their honor or to honor one or more of your child’s teachers. We will notify these teachers that you made a gift in their honor, and your donation to the Fund for AFS will directly support teacher compensation and professional learning opportunities that help AFS attract and retain the best teachers for our students. We accomplish so much together on this campus and we are grateful for the role that you play in making it possible. Thank you for your commitment to AFS, our students and teachers.

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