The Early Years: Barbara Kobler Nunn

Barbara Kobler Nunn began her career at Graland in 1928. For thirty-seven years, she devoted her heart and soul to this glorious profession. Thanks to Ben Duke,  I had the privilege of meeting her daughter, Ruth Nunn Steel ‘43  who always spoke eloquently about her mother’s contribution to the school. Mrs. Nunn taught creative arts and French.

Mrs. Steel was not only an alumna but also was a member of our faculty, a past parent, and a former trustee. Her remembrance of her mother will move you:

“Teaching was intrinsic to her being. Cultured, intellectual, and creative, her communications skills extended well beyond language. She had the ability to impart some of life’s most profound lessons through the many and varied handcrafts she had learned in her native Switzerland. Talented, intuitive, ingenious, and dedicated, she helped generations of students discover the infinite potential of their creative expression. With origami, weaving looms, knitting, sewing, and basketweaving, she encouraged them to explore their historic, social, cultural, and social relationships to the world. Determined that this creative experience be useful as well as expressive, those same small, awkward hands were taught to sew buttons, to mend holes, and to produce their own bread, among other comestibles. She had a genius for making something magical out of the merest scrap of material.”

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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.