On December 8, former Heads of School Derek Stedman and Kevin Conklin returned to campus to speak at the next Centennial Chapel program. Current Head Sally Keidel first introduced Derek Stedman who served as Head of School at Montgomery from 1972-1979, when the school was officially called Montgomery Country Day School, and was located in Wynnewood. Derek spoke about the impression that a kindergarten student had made on him, when he encouraged him to have students involved in chapel programs. Some of Derek's contributions while he was Head included establishing a parents association, starting a retirement program for faculty, and raising significant funding to improve the Lower School facilities in Wynnewood.
Sally then introduced Kevin Conklin, Head of Montgomery from 2000-2014. Kevin was a familiar face for many in the audience, and he was welcomed warmly by faculty, students, and parents. Kevin talked about a top ten list of things he missed about Montgomery School, including Montgomery in winter and students sledding during recess, Mrs. Rex's whirlygigs each spring, Perry Gresh, Veritas, Pietas, Caritas, the Greek and Roman games, Wilma's banana pudding, the Barn, Commencement, and other Montgomery treasures. Kevin's legacy at Montgomery included adding new facilities to the campus (the Sedor Science Center, the Dining Room, the Gresh Academic Center, and 3 new playing fields), building the infrastructure needed to support emerging technologies, and supporting professional development for faculty to learn new ways to use technology in the curriculum. He also added Singapore Math to the Lower School curriculum, and strengthed the science program by putting in place 3 dedicated science teachers to implement our S.T.E.A.M. program.