A huge congratulations to the Class of 2022 on finishing this chapter in their lives and moving onto the next step in their journey! The day was filled with joy, celebration, and pride for a class that left their mark at Brewster in their time here.
Reunion Weekend was glorious. Nonstop sunshine, fun on Brown Field, a waterfall hike, laughs in the renovated Rogers, a cruise on the Mount, and even a crew clinic! Thanks to all who came to share old memories and make new ones!
The newly reimagined and renovated Rogers Building has opened its doors to our students and community. This ongoing project is already changing campus life for the better, providing students a place to connect with the arts, technology, and each other.
In support of Brewster’s mission and vision, on the threshold of our third century as an institution, we have launched a historic campaign to dramatically scale our influence. The impact of this campaign will be felt in ever-widening circles spreading from the work we do in our classrooms and on our campus to Wolfeboro and New Hampshire and the world beyond.
Chair of the Board of Trustees Roy Ballentine announces an evolution in leadership further strengthening the vision and mission of Brewster Academy. Learn more about the state of the Academy and the exciting promotion and collective oversight of Craig Gemmell and Kristy Kerin.
We educate all learners equally and we believe that teaching and learning should be about you – your strengths, your weaknesses and your possibilities. All students understand their own potential and are empowered to achieve by being inclusive of everyone’s unique talents.
Because of the community at Brewster and the collaboration and safety students feel with each other, students are able to thrive on stage.
Guinevere’s goal as a teacher is to help students hone their craft, expand their knowledge, and experience a different aspect of themselves in the process. All within a culture that empowers students to seek out new challenges and embrace working with others.
Team Skelley | Fine and Performing Arts Chair
B.F.A, Theater, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
I want my class to be challenging. Not boring and not overwhelming!
Teaching U.S. History for thirty years at Brewster, you would expect TJ’s classes to be a little stale. Not a chance when you have a dynamic teacher who knows where to push, when to engage and how to facilitate learning at the optimal level.
Team Palmer | Team Leader | History Faculty
B.A., Colby College
MALS/Cold War History, Dartmouth College
I had 16 years teaching in the public school system and now I can't imagine teaching without the team approach.
The team-based approach at Brewster is the foundation of our integrated, student-centered approach. Kids don't fall through the cracks – they have a built-in support system to make sure they have all they need to be successful.
Team Cook | Science Faculty | Director, NH Student Leadership Program
Master of Science Education, University of New Hampshire
B.S., Biology Education, Plymouth State University
We teach kids what it means to live in the world after they leave Brewster.
Rob’s sense of humor and approachable personality makes him the perfect match for his roles at Brewster – teacher, community living parent, and coach. He is a champion for educating the whole child and a faculty leader in our Social and Emotional Learning program.
Team Cooper | History Faculty
B.A., History, University of New Hampshire
Head of School
As Head of School, I want to make sure we are doing everything possible to activate learning for kids in ways that they will find great joy.
Kristy Kerin has been an integral leader of the Brewster community for more than ten years. Her strategic approach to institutional advancement has strengthened the health of the school, helped navigate unprecedented challenges, and primed Brewster for transformational influence in its third century.
President of Brewster Academy and BA International
It is an incredible moment in the 200-plus year history of this institution—and I hope you share my excitement as we lean in together and watch this bold vision become a reality.
During his time with Brewster, Craig Gemmell has brought focus to the school’s mission and vision—and seized the opportunity to spotlight the transformative work we do with students. In his role as President of Brewster and BA International, Craig focuses on implementing Brewster’s bold plan to augment the independent school business model, collaborating with the Head of School and Board of Trustees to shape the future of Brewster Academy.
I feel like I would never get judged for anything I do. That always encourages me to try new things.
An Advocate, outgoing, independent, adventurous, and self aware are words that some of our students use to describe themselves and how they have grown at Brewster.
"Coffee House is a school performance where anyone can come up and sing, do skits, comedy, or dance. I enjoy it because I get to showcase what I love to other people. Coffee House has pushed me to be more confident and open up more and to be more comfortable in my craft."
Morgan describes the culture of performing at Brewster and how she enjoys showcasing her work at Coffee House events.
Shannon and Aidan
"Any idea that you have...Brewster wants you to do it...They want you to give it a shot."
Since coming to Brewster, students Shannon Murphy ’23 and Aidan Namkoong ’23 have found the inspiration and encouragement to follow their passion in videography. The duo films, edits, and releases highlights of Brewster athletics and events on their personal social media account, which receives thousands of views per video.
Darryl Towns and Karen Boykin-Towns
Brewster is able to cater to each student on an individual level. It's like the Goldilocks story ... Brewster was just right.
The Towns family started their Brewster journey with daughter, Jasmine ’13. Two years later, Trinity followed in her footsteps. Different people, unique passions and interest – how was one school the right fit for both?
I have no doubt that when she leaves Brewster she'll be ready to take on the world.
The Hill family is no stranger to boarding school but came a long way from the West Coast to find the right fit! It’s not easy choosing the boarding path but watching their daughter's confidence grow has shown them it was the right choice.
Brewster is the way education should be. They are leading in what's going on in the world and challenging our kids to learn and communicate.
Robin’s son, Matt, is doing well in the real world of college because he experienced it at Brewster. He found his confidence, learned how to balance the expectation, and is a thriving student athlete at Colby College.
If you are looking for a place where your child can be themselves and thrive, this is the place.
Finding a nurturing community where Abbie could be herself and grow without the typical distractions at home. A place that encouraged excellence and developed well rounded students capable of seizing greater opportunities in college and life.
Hadley Clark '91
Brewster was profound in building my confidence and the biggest factor in my life in terms of following the path I have today.
Hadley appreciated that Brewster was a truly personalized education. It wasn’t a one-size-fits-all approach and that allowed each student to master content and skills and gain the confidence to thrive broadly in life.
Emma Jones '11
All of the people here are just genuine, kind people. Things have evolved in the school but at the same time the core values of Brewster haven't changed.
The core values of the personalized experience, an inclusive and close community with students of strong character has not changed at Brewster. Here Emma talks about why she loves coming back to her school.
Elaine Fancy '07
Brewster helped me focus and hone in on what I was good at!
Elaine was able to learn and apply life skills that are now supporting her professional success. She found her passion and turned that into a successful career as a freelance photographer drawing from the experiences she had at Brewster.