ventures in artistry

On September 27th, organizers of Boston Fashion Week hosted "The Launch", an event spotlighting five local up-and-coming designers, including Millie Bautista [Junior Faculty '05-'06]. A former design major at MassArt in Boston, Millie's collection consists of evening wear inspired by a 1940s aesthetic.

In an interview with the Boston Globe leading up to the event, Mille noted of her style: "I wanted to take ideas from that era [the 1940s], but make it not as dressy. I wanted a more laid-back sophistication. Something that could work from day into night."

Congrats, Millie . . . and continued success.

In August, Emily Wade [Intermediate Faculty '06-'07] began working towards her masters of art in teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. "In the long run," she wrote to us, "I plan on teaching art at the high school level while continuing to paint and exhibit my work. My experience at Explo was invaluable for it confirmed my desire to teach."

Emily, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with degrees in studio art and art history, deferred her enrollment at MICA a year in order to travel. She spent the past year in Europe ("soaking up as much art as possible," she says) and then in Nicaragua, where she continued her work at an orphanage leading art activities and painting murals with the students.

To see some of Emily's work, visit:

Cooking blogs are all the craze these days . . . and Shion Ishikura [Junior Faculty '02-'05] is right in the middle of things with her blog "Shi's Eating." Started in late 2008, the blog now has over 100 posts and includes favorite recipes, eating out and cheap date suggestions, as well as guest posts from friends and fans.

When she's not cooking or posting online, Shion works for Barnard College, her alma mater, in New York City and is a member of the Junior Board of Directors for Step Up Women's Network.

continued explorations

Scott Traylor [Senior Student '79-'82, Faculty '83-'85, Board '09] is the founder and CEO of 360KID, an education-technology company that designs products aimed to teach as well as entertain. "I can sincerely tell you that EVERYTHING I do in my business can be tied back to my experience with Explo," Scott wrote to us in an email. "I was not a fan of school, but realized through Explo that I am excited about learning many things in the world that my middle and high school experience just couldn't provide."

Over the last two decades, as 360KID has become a leader in its field, Scott and the company have worked with Nickelodeon, the Discovery Channel, Pokemon, PBSkids, Highlights magazine, and Sesame Street, among many, many others. In 2008, Scott received the high honor of being named the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Member of the Year.

For more information on Scott and the continued evolution of 360KID, be sure to follow him on Twitter.

In the summer of 2002, Adam Hobson [Intermediate Faculty '02] taught journalism and assisted with mock trial at the Intermediate Program. After graduating from Yale University in 2004, he began working at the White House as part of the Office of Global Communications. In the fall of that year, his job took him abroad to Baghdad, where he worked at the US Embassy as the Deputy Spokesman. During his time in Iraq, he organized press briefings on issues such as the first Iraqi elections, the Saddam Hussein trials, and the constitutional drafting.

In the years since, Adam has graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and he is about to begin work at the law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City.

explo extreme athletes

On April 20, Betsy Gott [Junior Faculty '05-'08] competed in her first Boston Marathon. Averaging 8:20 mile splits over the 26.2-mile course, Betsy completed the race in 3:38:32, good enough to qualify her for the 2010 marathon. Betsy has already said that she plans to run again next year; it will be her third marathon.

Betsy ran in the event as part of a team representing the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over the course of the fall, winter, and spring, she raised more than $6250 for cancer research, which she collected in honor of her aunt and a young cancer patient named Theo, whom she met through Dana-Farber. In the months leading up to the race, Betsy kept a blog that chronicled the donations she received as well as her extensive training. All in all, more than 105 people donated to Betsy through Dana-Farber and Betsy ran more than 725 miles in her training!

Way to go, Betsy!

With nearly 4000 jumps and over 20 years experience between them, Ben Liston [Junior Faculty '02-'05] and Steve Feldman [Junior Faculty '02, '04] are part of the skydiving team MassDefiance. Their unit, which competes, coaches, and trains across the country, won the gold in the 2005 USPA Nationals (4-way advanced division) and finished fifth in 2007 (4-way open division).

Outside of skydiving, Steve and Ben are both involved in education. Having recently completed a counseling degree at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ben lives with his wife in Antigua, Guatemala, where he volunteers at local schools. Steve, meanwhile, will begin his graduate studies this fall at the Klingenstein Institute at Columbia University in New York City, after spending the last five years at Milton Academy as a classroom teacher, coach, and dorm parent.

Tracey Jacobi [Junior Faculty '01-'05] is the Events Coordinator at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), where she is planning the hospital's fourth annual half marathon. The proceeds of the CHaD Half Marathon & Relay, which will be run August 30, go entirely to funding the programs of the hospital – New Hampshire's only children's hospital. Tracey, who has run three marathons herself, says that this year, in addition to trying to raise as much money as possible, the CHaD Half Marathon is aiming to break the world record for the most people dressed as superheroes at one time.

S+H Update (9/25/09): Tracey reports that the CHaD Half Marathon & Relay was a rousing success. In addition to raising over $250,000, the event broke the Guinness World Record for "Most Superheroes in One Place." To Tracey and her band of superheroes, we say congratulations!

educators on the move

Roberto d'Erizans [Intermediate Faculty '04-'07] recently was appointed the Director of the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA). A joint program run by Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MMLA offers summer language programs for middle and high school students. As the director, Roberto designs, implements, and leads all aspects of the academy's two programs, which give students the opportunity to study French, Spanish, Arabic, or Mandarin Chinese in an immersive setting. Before coming to MMLA, Roberto taught Spanish, was the Corridor Head of a boy's dorm, and served as Chair of the Modern Languages Department at the Taft School in Connecticut.

"While I loved my job at Taft, I could not resist the job offer," Roberto wrote to us in an email. "It was a perfect combination of my summer work with Explo, my academic interests, and my work at Taft, and I liked the idea of pursuing additional administrative experience. I can honestly say that these hands-on administrative experiences with Explo gave me the strength and knowledge to pursue these leadership opportunities."

Michelle Garrigan [Intermediate Faculty '06-'07] has accepted a position as a Senior Admissions Representative for Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Previously a member of the school's graduate activities department, starting in August, Michelle will be based in the New York City area, serving as the school's off-site admissions rep in the Northeast US. A 2007 alum of SCAD with a master's degree in interior design, Michelle says she hopes to make it to the Senior Program's college fair this summer.

You can follow Michelle's travels at

This upcoming fall, Russell Werkman [Intermediate Faculty '05-'06] will assume the position of Head of the Upper School at St. George's School in Spokane, WA. Currently, Russell is a teacher, coach, and dorm parent at Trinity Pawling School in New York and is working towards completing his graduate studies in Educational Leadership. In May, before he and his family move out west, Russell will receive his master's degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University.

About the move, Russell has this to say: "The move to St. George's is a big move for us as a family and me personally. I am excited about the challenge of leading an upper school. What drew me to Explo was the importance of learning through experience and adventure, and one of the aspects of Explo that is so powerful is the way students take ownership of their projects and classes. I aspire to create a school that approaches that same commitment of the students in a more traditional school setting."

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