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Alumni

Welcome to Your Alumni Association! We are over 2,000 strong, and include middle and upper school alumni, alumni parents, and alumni grandparents.

As an alum, you are part of the larger, inclusive, and engaged Nueva community across the globe, dedicated to fostering lifelong learning and community.

Link-Up with LinkedIn!

Show your Maverick pride and add Nueva to the education section of your profile. Stay up-to-date on alumni events, and foster long-term relationships with fellow alums, students, faculty, and parents.

Four easy steps, and it takes less than one minute!

  1. From your personal profile, go to "Education"
  2. Click the edit icon on the right
  3. Type "The Nueva School" and you'll see the drop-down option with the new logo
  4. Hit save!

 

Connect with Students

Current students would love to work with and learn from you. Share your story! Come back as a guest speaker for a class, club, quest, or recital project. How has Nueva made you the person you are today?

Please update your profile on LinkedIn and get in touch with Alumni Relations!

Get Involved

How would you like to engage with the Nueva community?

  • Share your expertise, passion, or experience from your adult life with a Nueva class or a club!

  • Mentor a student during their Quest project, or offer an internship to a Nueva student!

  • Find Nueva friends via LinkedIn or Facebook, or in-person at a regional event or class reunion!

  • Share a story through a contribution  to the alumni newsletter!

Sign up

Reconnect with friends and faculty at Nueva
Calling All Alumni Parents!

We invite you to reconnect with the Nueva community. Join us as a volunteer, a mentor, or as a guest of Nueva’s biannual alumni parent gatherings. Our alum parent events are hosted on either of the two campuses, and provide an opportunity to tour the new facilities while connecting with faculty and friends.

Contact Alumni Relations to make sure we have your most current contact information, or to help plan our next gathering.

Grab a coffee on us! Grab three Nueva alumni and send your receipt to alumni@nuevaschool.org
Calling all Nueva alumni! Get together three or more of your friends and send us the receipt
Join the #NuevaNosh program! We will reimburse your coffee or meal when you get together with three or more Nueva alumni

#NuevaNosh: Grab a Coffee On Us

We want to treat you and your fellow alums to a meal or coffee!

Nueva will pay for your coffee or meal when you dine with three or more Nueva alumni. To qualify, take a picture of all alumni at your event and send it to the alumni office along with a copy of your restaurant receipt for reimbursement*. We will mail you a refund for the meal and post your picture on social media and in the alumni newsletter.

*$50 maximum. Limit one submission per alumni per year.

 

Alumni in Nueva News

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.  

 Andrew Lam and his parents in a city

When Andrew Lam (eighth grade,’01) visited the Upper School with his father last year, he was thrilled to see learning in progress. “There was stuff all over the floor,” he said. “An intentional mess of art and science projects where kids were learning and exploring.” He was happy to see that the culture of exploration and the freedom to make and learn from mistakes were still part of the school he loved so much.

Fun graphic, "May the task force be with you"

The Bridge Experience Task Force

Mission

1) To explore the idea of a Nueva Gap Year Program.

2) The task force determined that Nueva is well positioned to provide graduates with a unique gap year experience, and the task force was charged with defining and launching the program.

Three students from the Class of 2018 meet with Diane Rosenberg

"As you embark on your journey from here, I just wanted to warn you: you may end up back here.”

Lee Holtzman — upper school history of science teacher and Nueva alum — shared these opening remarks as she welcomed the Class of 2018 at their first official alumni gathering earlier this month. Just two days after graduates flipped their tassels and tossed their caps, they gathered at the upper school for a brunch to embrace their new official status as Nueva alums.

A Jane of All Trades

What do a wedding officiant, violinist, actor, stunt performer, stunt-coordinator, singer/songwriter, and audio book narrator have in common? They are all means of employment for New Orleans resident and Nueva alumna Olga Munding ’86. She also publishes the occasional short story and in the future hopes to complete a book on the time she spent with blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill. 

The Walking Dead Editor Got His Start at Nueva

For the past six years, Nueva alum Dan Liu ’96 has been an editor for the award-winning AMC television show The Walking Dead. Dan got his start by editing the concept trailer for Da Vinci's Demons with an editor of The Walking Dead, who then brought Dan on as his assistant editor for Season 2. He has been a full editor for several seasons now.

Designing Philz Coffee Shops

Among the many moments Heather Keane Leonard ’98 remembers from her days at The Nueva School, the most vivid are the times she spent outside exploring the natural beauty of Nueva’s Hillsborough campus. Whether she was studying the shallow root systems of redwoods, playing the xylophone under the willow tree, eating miner’s lettuce along the Crocker Road fire trail, learning about Native Americans, or acting out Billy Goats Gruff on the “Billy Goat Bridge,” Heather understood that the outdoors were not only her playground at Nueva but also her principal classroom.

Rapping for Social Change

Through his organization Rap Force Academy, Nueva alumnus Rahman Jamaal ’96 has been pioneering Hip Hop education for the last fifteen years, since he first encountered the educational nonprofit Hip Hop Congress. He helps people improve their communication skills through writing and performing rap songs in workshops designed to enhance a person’s self-expression and awareness. Students build their artistic creativity by playing with words and trying out their own voice as they develop their musical prowess and employ nuances of sound to write a rap.