Alumni News

Mavericks Back on Campus: Alumni Luncheon Welcomes Recent Grads
Antonia Ehlers, director of communications

 

 

Nueva alums go out into the world ready to make a difference and accept exciting challenges—but there’s nothing like coming home. On January 8, more than 30 recent alums visited the Upper School campus to reminisce about the good old days and catch up on their current lives. They were excited to view Intersession week through young adult eyes, and they marveled at the variety of offerings this year. 

“Attending Nueva was incredible,” said Jess Karan ’17, who is enrolled in a liberal arts program at Kenyon College in Ohio. “I had amazing teachers and an experiential learning experience. I needed a nontraditional environment, and I had that at Nueva.” 

Jess enjoyed catching up with Leo Ikle-Maizlish ’19, who is enjoying college life at Tufts University. He has particularly fond memories of Lee Holtzman’s Philosophy of Consciousness class and Claire Yeo’s English classes.

Brothers Yoni Lerner ’17 and Osher Lerner ’19 were in the mix, mingling with old friends enjoying the catered luncheon. 

“This is a blast from the past,” said Osher, a student at UC Berkeley. “It’s great to be here during Intersession because it’s such a fun week.”

Yoni is studying computer science at Stanford University. He said Jen Selby’s Advanced Programming class prepared him extremely well for his university classes. In fact, he teaches computer science skills to 10 to 15 Stanford students every week as a section leader.

Two days later, with a mix of up-tempo harmonies and choreography, Yale’s a cappella group Mixed Company delighted lower and middle schoolers in the GCC. This last stop of the group’s winter tour was particularly special, as Nueva alum Kira Sze ’12 is a soprano in the 17-member group. A junior cognitive science major, Kira welcomed the excited students to the assembly and shared anecdotes of being a student on the Hillsborough campus. Following the performance, she spent time reconnecting with her former teachers and Head of School Diane Rosenberg.

“The bond Nueva alums share is incredibly special,” said Alumni Director Diana Chamorro, who assumed the new role in October. “Many refer to their time as students here as the most transformational educational experience of their lives. While they no longer are current students, their relationship with Nueva does not end at graduation—this is a lifelong community and home for them. It was very exciting to have a great turnout from our young alums at the luncheon. It was wonderful to hear where their post-Nueva journeys have taken them, how connected they remain to their former classmates and teachers, and how much they miss their school.

“I am excited to build a deeper relationship with the alumni community and look forward to offering opportunities for them to engage with the school, faculty, and each other on campus, locally and regionally,” she added. “They are Nueva’s greatest legacy, and it is vital for our community’s growth to have an engaged Alumni Association.”

 

Update us! Email the Alumni Office at alumni@nuevaschool.org to share your alumni child’s updated contact information.

  • Alumni News
  • Jan17_NN_2020


Read More

Nueva Connection Challenge!

Chris Garber, eighth-grade Class of ’08, has launched the Nueva Connection Challenge! — a friendly competition to see which class can create the most new alumni connections. 

Doshisha anniversary

For Nueva students studying Japanese, “Doshisha” has a special meaning. This is especially true for the more than 500 students who over the years have participated in the exchange program that has grown from one high school to four middle and high schools in and around Kyoto.

Laena Wilder

When Laena Wilder was 10 years old, a walk down San Francisco’s Market Street with her Nueva art teacher Barbara Marino and her best friend set fire to a passion that would drive the rest of her life.

Alumni Lee Holtzman poses with a lemur

“My years at Nueva were the best three years of my intellectual life,” upper school teacher and eighth-grade class of 2001 alum Lee Holtzman said. “Ever since I left Nueva, it was always the biggest part of me. Which is odd because I was only here for three years.” After only one week at the school, Lee identified the need for Nueva to expand from a PreK–8 school to PreK–12. “The end of my first week at Nueva (I started in sixth grade, so I was eleven), I went into the Head of School’s office, sat down, and said ‘You need to start a high school, because I need to go there!’”

Judee Brasesco and her two grandsons

Judee Brasesco has the unique perspective of seeing how Nueva shaped two generations of students in her family. When she learned about the Nueva School in the 1970s, she had two school-aged children, Jill Brasesco Thomsen (’77 sixth-grade graduate) and J.D. Brasesco (’80 sixth-grade graduate). Last spring, Judee’s oldest grandsons, Scott Brasesco ’18 and Chip Thomsen ’18, graduated from Nueva, and her youngest grandson, Jack B., is now an eleventh grader at Nueva.