Margaret Santana P ’22, ’24 and Kevin Schmidt ’98 join the Board as they assume leadership of the PSPA and PAA, respectively.
He thought he was heading into a meeting with Upper School Director Ananya Chatterji P '25, but . . .
In a virtual presentation, Upper School English Teacher Dennis Pearlstein, a 13-year member of the faculty who had been planning to retire last June but returned for another year and (definitely) retires next month, was overwhelmed to hear from the yearbook editors that the Class of 2020 dedicated the 2020 Blue Book to him.
Yearbook Editors Eve Gilbert '20, Katherine Oatman '20, and Lynn Robinson '20 produced a video to replace the traditional on-campus ceremony—a montage of numerous community members offering Mr. Pearlstein their congratulations, combined with the Zoom meeting during which Mr. Pearlstein received his wonderful news.
"Everyone was so happy and thankful when we heard that you were going to be coming back this year because we could have you as a teacher for one last time."
—Eve Gilbert '20
"You always bring so much energy to the classroom, tell great stories, analyze pieces of literature so thoroughly, and, of course as an English teacher, help students become great writers . . . Everyone sees what a kind heart you have, but also how much knowledge you bring."
—Katherine Oatman '20
"Students and faculty are going to miss you incredibly next year, when you are officially retired, but you will always be remembered for the lasting impact you had on the English Department and the School."
—Lynn Robinson '20
In response to his honor, Mr. Pearlstein said, "It was an incredible year. This class is a wonderful, wonderful class, and I have never seen such a socially bonded class in my career at Pingry. The students worked hard, so I am very, very proud of all of you."
Mr. Pearlstein taught in the Middle School for four years and the Upper School for the past nine, finding pleasure in teaching high school and college favorites. His courses included English 9 and 10, American Literature, and the senior electives The Greek Epic and Magical Realism. Mr. Pearlstein also served as Advisor to the LGBTQ Affinity Group (seven years), Co-Chair of the English Department's self-study for NJAIS accreditation, and Co-Chair of the School Design Subcommittee for Pingry's Curriculum Review.
The Blue Book dedication is an annual tradition that dates to 1908.
Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer, Editor of The Pingry Review