by Kate Stephenson, Executive Director
Ten years ago today I arrived at Yestermorrow for the first time, to start my summer internship in April 2002. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed, but when I think back to those days, it’s amazing to realize how much has changed at the school, and how much has also stayed the same.
|My first Yestermorrow class in May 2002|
After finishing up my 4 month internship that summer and continuing on to graduate school, I still felt the pull of Yestermorrow. By December I was back, and hired on to the staff full-time. Though I never could have imagined it when I first arrived in 2002, I’m still here. The campus has developed in many dimensions (and we still have a long way to go), the curriculum has expanded in ways I never dreamed possible, and our team has grown to include an even wider circle of talented faculty, interns and staff. We still struggle to find enough students to run each class, we still have a campus with a few unfinished projects, and we’re still teaching the design/build process day in and day out. Many of the amazing instructors I learned from as an intern—Josh Jackson, Skip Dewhirst, and John Ringel—are still some of our most committed teachers and are actively involved in the school.
Over the past ten years I’ve learned a little bit of patience, a ton about how organizations work, and more than I ever imagined about how the design/build process actually happens, both in the studio and on the jobsite. I’m excited to think where we might be in the next ten years, and am committed to helping realize the collective vision of the Yestermorrow community. Thanks to all of you—students, staff, board, interns, and community partners – for making this such a fun place to be.