Founders Day events will be held on Tuesday, October 14, with open houses at the President’s House and Woodbridge Hall and other locations from 11:00am to 3:00pm, as well as pop-up performances by student performers around campus. The Founders Day Celebration will culminate on the Cross Campus from 4:30pm to 6:00pm with remarks by President Salovey, student group performances, festive food, and more!

Enter the #InspiringYale Instagram contest for a chance to win lunch with President Salovey and other great prizes.

Anne Zlatow ‘18 nominated Ms. Adrienne Fluitt, college counselor and teacher at BASIS Oro Valley School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. "Simultaneously respected teacher and approachable friend, Ms. Fluitt teaches many subjects and makes each worth learning. If the advice she gives were mass-produced for fortune cookies, certainly the world would see greater success. Teacher, counselor, leader, mediator, mother, sister, friend, etc., Ms. Fluitt deserves much celebration, and, at the very least, recognition."

Anne Zlatow ‘18 nominated Ms. Adrienne Fluitt, college counselor and teacher at BASIS Oro Valley School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels.

"Simultaneously respected teacher and approachable friend, Ms. Fluitt teaches many subjects and makes each worth learning. If the advice she gives were mass-produced for fortune cookies, certainly the world would see greater success. Teacher, counselor, leader, mediator, mother, sister, friend, etc., Ms. Fluitt deserves much celebration, and, at the very least, recognition."

Andrew Saydjari ‘18 nominated Ms. Scarseth, math teacher at Lincoln High School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels.  “She tailored her teaching style to each student’s needs—not what we wanted, but truly needed. For me, it was her “work smarter, not harder theorem.” I always looked to do problems the “right” way, but she taught me there is none, only the most efficient. If I could solve it using commonsense, then, by wasting time applying some theorem, I gained nothing—in fact, I comprehended less.”

Andrew Saydjari ‘18 nominated Ms. Scarseth, math teacher at Lincoln High School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels.

“She tailored her teaching style to each student’s needs—not what we wanted, but truly needed. For me, it was her “work smarter, not harder theorem.” I always looked to do problems the “right” way, but she taught me there is none, only the most efficient. If I could solve it using commonsense, then, by wasting time applying some theorem, I gained nothing—in fact, I comprehended less.”

Nana Ama Akowuah ‘18 nominated Ms. Emefa Ntem, counselor at Sos-Hermann Gmeiner International College, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. "As Oprah Winfrey once said, ‘For everyone of us that succeeds it is because there was somebody there to show us the way out.’ Back in high school, this somebody was my college counsellor Ms. Emefa Ntem. Aside from challenging and encouraging me to apply to Yale, she supported me through the college process; reading and commenting on my essays, referring me to people who would be of help; and above all constantly reminding me that I was ‘Yale material.’ I am grateful to have had her and cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than she does." 

Nana Ama Akowuah ‘18 nominated Ms. Emefa Ntem, counselor at Sos-Hermann Gmeiner International College, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels.

"As Oprah Winfrey once said, ‘For everyone of us that succeeds it is because there was somebody there to show us the way out.’ Back in high school, this somebody was my college counsellor Ms. Emefa Ntem. Aside from challenging and encouraging me to apply to Yale, she supported me through the college process; reading and commenting on my essays, referring me to people who would be of help; and above all constantly reminding me that I was ‘Yale material.’ I am grateful to have had her and cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than she does." 

Dylan Hosmer-Quint ‘18 nominated Mrs. Janna Fick, psychology teacher at David H. Hickman High School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels.  "Mrs. Fick was important for me for a variety of reasons, not least because her psychology class was always enjoyable, instructive, and engaging. She served as a role model for kindness and inclusiveness, traits important to teaching overly-stressed high school seniors. The combination of quality teaching and kindness created a class that continues to fill beyond capacity."

Dylan Hosmer-Quint ‘18 nominated Mrs. Janna Fick, psychology teacher at David H. Hickman High School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. 

"Mrs. Fick was important for me for a variety of reasons, not least because her psychology class was always enjoyable, instructive, and engaging. She served as a role model for kindness and inclusiveness, traits important to teaching overly-stressed high school seniors. The combination of quality teaching and kindness created a class that continues to fill beyond capacity."

Rachel Regan ‘18 nominated Ms. Amanda Filloy Sharp, Spanish teacher at Corvallis High School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels. "I nominated Ms. Amanda Filloy Sharp because of her incredible resilience, spirit, and dedication to her students. She essentially created the high school portion of my school district’s bilingual program from scratch, with few resources, little funding, and no curriculum. She has campaigned tirelessly for materials and publicity, and the program would not be where it is today without her. I would not be where I am today without her."

Rachel Regan ‘18 nominated Ms. Amanda Filloy Sharp, Spanish teacher at Corvallis High School, for the Yale Educator Award. The award recognizes high school educators who have supported and inspired their students to achieve at high levels.

"I nominated Ms. Amanda Filloy Sharp because of her incredible resilience, spirit, and dedication to her students. She essentially created the high school portion of my school district’s bilingual program from scratch, with few resources, little funding, and no curriculum. She has campaigned tirelessly for materials and publicity, and the program would not be where it is today without her. I would not be where I am today without her."