Esteemed Faculty Members Honored at Prize Assembly

Three esteemed faculty members were honored during KO's Prize Assembly on May 22 -- a highlight of the Class of '18 Senior Week.

Josh Garrison, who teaches Middle School science and coaches JV boys' soccer and Middle School B basketball, received the Robert B. Swain III Memorial Award. Garrison graduated from Westmont College and got his M.A. in Environmental Studies at Antioch University. The Swain prize honors that continuing teacher in his or her first five years of teaching at Kingswood Oxford, and his or her first ten years of teaching overall, who best exemplifies Bobby Swain’s outstanding attributes as a student and teacher: a serious, self–disciplined approach to learning and a sense of humor—a combination that enabled him to inspire in others a spirit of cooperation which made scholarly disciplines a pursuit both joyous and rewarding.

Lisa Bailey, who teaches Upper School Science, received the Charles W. Collins Award for Excellence in Teaching. Bailey earned a B.S. in Biology/Art History from St Lawrence University and an M.S. in Teaching and Science from the University of Rochester. The Collins family -- Kim ’75, Wylie ’79, Tris ’81, Jed ’88, and their parents, Nancy and Allen -- established the award, which is named for Allen's father. Charles Collins spent 50 years as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Everett, MA, public school system.

Ron Monroe, a long time faculty member of 31 years, received the Joseph and Jo-anne Alissi Coaching Award. Monroe is an Upper School English teacher as well as coach of the girls' JV basketball and boys' varsity cross country teams. He graduated from Bates College with a B.A, from Fairfield University with an M.A. and from Wesleyan University with a C.A.S. This award honors that returning coach who best exemplifies Joseph and Jo-anne Alissi’s outstanding contributions to Kingswood Oxford, especially their sportsmanship, professionalism, enthusiasm, dedication, and the positive impact they had on every athlete and student they encountered.
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