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Sophomores Get New Class Dean

English teacher and advisor to the Honor Council, Mrs. Suzanne McCambridge will take on the duties of Sophomore Class Dean this fall. She assumes the role from Dean of Students Mr. Jacobsen after he replaced the Class’ first dean, Mrs. Clarke, when she stepped down this fall.

The 2024-2025 school year is on its way and with it are some new adjustments. One of these being that Mrs. Suzanne McCambridge will be taking over for Mr. Kevin Jacobsen as the Sophomore Class Dean.

Since Mr. Jacobsen is already the Upper School Dean of Students, taking on another role of being responsible for specifics about the sophomore class is a tedious task that he has decided to let go of for next school year.

As he reflects on the past year Mr. Jacobsen says, “I have always felt like the sophomore class in general, by just the way that high schools are structured, sometimes get forgotten and it was nice to be a little more focused on them than usual this year.”

Mrs. McCambridge has spent years in the English department teaching multiple grade levels at the Upper School. In addition to this, she is also the advisor for the Honor Council and has her own advisory. As she prepares for her new role, she will sadly step down as an advisor to her current-sophomore year students.

“I think that I would bring a new perspective to the grade-level dean position because I often try to remain not only optimistic but also clear-minded and fair and I’m able to collaborate well. My experience in the past also serves me, so I think that not only would I enjoy the position but I would add something new for the sophomore class,” explains Mrs. McCambridge.

With some of the undertakings for a grade-level dean being planning the service projects and bonding activity for orientation, the new sophomore dean has begun her process to allow next year to run smoothly. “For the first year, I am probably going to continue to go to Defy. I have already asked a couple of my sophomore advisees and they liked that idea. As far as the service project, that might change and I’m still not sure how we will perform that task,” shares Mrs. McCambridge.

While there were five other teachers who also applied for this role, Mrs. McCambridge stuck out to the administration because of her amazing job with the Honor Council and all of her other responsibilities on campus.

“She teaches a lot of freshmen currently which would mean that she already has experience with next year’s sophomore class. It just seemed like a really good fit and I think that Mrs. McCambridge will be fantastic,” closes Mr. Jacobsen.

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Caroline Groffman
Caroline Groffman, Associate Editor
Caroline Groffman is a sophomore at The Benjamin School. She is going into her second year on The Pharcyde and is excited to continue her writing. Caroline has been a part of The Benjamin School community since Kindergarten. She loves seeing family and friends, and going to the beach.

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