As we lead up to Reunion 2019, read below as we weekly share stories of how teachers past and present impact student learning.

List of 9 news stories.

  • Sally Kennedy

    With an encouraging inflection in her voice and an inviting smile, Sally Kennedy poses the simple question, “can we read a book together?” It was as inviting an invitation now as it was almost 30 years ago.
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  • Coach Dave Rice

    On May 18 at 4:00 pm in the Gates Innovation Lab, there will be a “Celebration of Life” for Coach Dave Rice. We will be able to honor his dedication to Graland and many accomplishments during his lifetime. Coach Rice taught at Graland from 1951 to 1976. During that time, he had a very positive impact on students in a variety of settings giving them experiences that would help build their character, athletic skills, confidence, and love of sports. In the mid 1950’s and 1960’s, the other boys and I remember him and Mr. Chester Preisser as our physical education teachers, while the girls had Miss Joy Archer. All three of them worked together to organize memorable field days.
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  • Phil Hickey

    Longtime English teacher Phil Hickey never expected to spend four decades at Graland.
    “Oh, God no. I said I was going to spend no more than two years,” Hickey recalls. “I never had good math skills.”
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  • Mitch Masters

    History Teacher 

    Mr. Masters admires his dad, a school principal who helped shape what he believes about education and inspired him to be a teacher. In his free time, Mr. Masters is reading the “brilliant” collected works of Charles Schulz.
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  • Rocio Zeiler

    An accomplished world traveler, Mrs. Zeiler is a Master Teacher with 20+ years at Graland. She grew up in Paris and is passionate about teaching language skills, literature and world cultures.
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  • Richard Kinney

    Coach/PE Teacher 

    Coach Kinney is in his element when he is interacting with kids on the field or on the court. Did you know there is a baseball field named after him?
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  • Cathy Naughton

    Art Teacher

    Ms. Naughton started Graland’s Permanent Art Collection in 1978 to honor student artists and display their exceptional work on campus. Not surprisingly, the annual induction of new art is her favorite day of the year.
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  • Madame Guiberteau

    Madame Guiberteau is one of the most iconic teachers to ever grace the halls of Graland. For three decades, she was the face of the French language program at the school. She brought her French flair to a Denver that was somewhat lacking in cultural diversity at the time. Her students were mesmerized with her very French way of teaching.
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  • Tom Rice

    Mr. Tom Rice taught at Graland from 1977 to 2015 and was a Graland parent when both his boys, Kevin ’99 and Ian ’03, attended Graland. The consummate storyteller, Mr. Rice doggedly encouraged his history students to explore, discuss and question the material they were studying. Now retired, he is occasionally back on campus as a substitute teacher and bus driver.
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Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.