Two long-time SGS teachers, Judi Morgan (MS-US Art) and Brian Hutchinson (MS Science), will retire at the end of this school year.
Over the past 30 years, Judi Morgan has had many roles: parent, teacher, department chair, robotics advisor. She has worked in all three divisions, taught both AP and IB classes, and brought artists in residence to the school. Some of her traditional projects include printmaking, portraits of orphans, various shows in the Art Gallery, and student IB exhibits. She was awarded a Hannah Joss Fellowship to pursue her passion for printmaking at an international printmaking workshop in Florence, Italy in 2013.
“As a life-long learner, Judi also has been a foundational part of the Robotics program and travelled to China to mentor teams there,” says Head of School Jamie Tender. “We wish Judi well as she raises her new puppy and spends time with her family.”
Brian Hutchinson has also worn many hats during his 25 years at SGS as a parent, teacher, and department chair. He was a Gates Grant recipient in the 1990’s, which led to the school’s early one-to-one device program. He also continued and developed the annual capstone Middle School experience (aka The Coast Trip) studying marine biology, tide pools, and the Olympic Peninsula’s rain forests during a week of tent camping. This trip is often mentioned by students as one of their most memorable Middle School activities.
A recipient of the Fred Gilbert Teaching Award in 2002-2003, Brian also received the Hannah Joss Award in 2019 and was slated to travel through Canada and Alaska to explore Fjords and shrinking glaciers. “While those plans were delayed due to COVID, he was able to take an adjusted trip to Alaska this past summer,” says Jamie Tender. “We wish Brian well in his retirement and look forward to him letting his hair down.”