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.
Brewster held its Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 29, 2021 with keynote speaker Diane M. Foley. Under stormy skies that did not dampen the day, family, friends, graduates, and faculty attended the ceremony on Brown Field. View the celebration recorded below.
The reimagined Rogers Building will provide Brewster students a place to connect with the arts, technology, and each other. This extraordinary enhancement to campus will elevate the student experience, enabling us to better serve diverse thinkers with wide-ranging interests. Construction on Phase One began in September, and will be completed by Fall 2021.
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.
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
Brewster students are challenged appropriately. They are supported appropriately. This is not a one-size fits all school.
Craig Gemmell has spent the past three decades teaching, coaching, mentoring, and leading independent schools. His path to Brewster was motivated by a desire to be in a community where intellectual diversity was celebrated, change was the norm, and positive regard was the foundation.
Brewster as a student body is so accepting ... every single person is accepted for all their different attributes.
Kaya is a day student who is a lifer (four year student). A Curvey Scholar, Head Senior Prefect, and National Honor Society member, Kaya has been an active member of the Brewster community providing thoughtful and authentic leadership.
I've made a lot of relationships with the faculty here ... having friends that you can trust that are older have meant the world to me.
Trevor refers to faculty as friends and describes how easy and comfortable it is to seek advice and guidance from them. Sometimes trust and guidance can come from the other adults in your life at boarding school!
I love the community here, I love the teachers here. I love the fact that if you ask, someone will give you help ... I learned to care about my education for myself.
Maura came to Brewster in her freshman year. Her language based learning challenges have not held her back from academic success. She has learned the skills of self advocacy, the power of relationships, and the confidence in her own capacity.
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.