My experience at ZIS had a profound effect on me. It’s where I learned to be a global citizen. From taking part in the Model United Nations to being fully supported by the school in my love of competitive tennis, it was unforgettable. I started there at the age of three and went right the way through to graduation. And I want others to have that experience, too. That’s why I chose to donate to the Middle School.
I’ve already been involved with several school projects, such as arranging internships for Upper School students with my startup littlehipstar.com and giving them a taste of what it’s really like to run your own business. But I feel that the Middle School project is something very special.
Of course, as an alumna of ZIS, I admit to feeling a little sad that the building where I spent my formative years will be going. But the school is growing, and it simply doesn’t fit the existing building anymore. It’s an incredibly inspiring project. When I showed the plans for the new building to my eight-year-old, he was amazed. He said: “Is this really a school?” He was so excited by the fact that all these facilities – a media center, a gym, a Makerspace area – are right there on campus. Nobody will have to drive to any activities or to any other school building once the new Middle School is complete. To be honest, when I looked at the plans, I felt the same – they were giving me a top 10 US university vibe!
Class of 2001 (1989-2001) serves on the John Mattern Alumni Award for Faculty committee