Imagine a school wholeheartedly dedicated to creating a learning experience around the unique needs and passions of each student. That’s Greenhills. In intensely smart classes, our teachers push students to know the depth of what they’re truly capable of — from Jazz and 2D Design to Conceptual Physics.
Dr. Blair Jenkins graduated from Greenhills School in 2005. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale. While at Yale, she developed passions for science, medicine, and education. She moved to New York City in 2009 to teach middle school science with Teach for America. She loved teaching but ultimately felt that educating patients and graduate students would be her true calling. She returned to academia and earned both an MD and PhD from Columbia University. She recently completed her studies there and has been working for the past 6 months as a first-year Internal Medicine resident at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. She will begin training as a Dermatology resident at Columbia later this year. Her long-term goal is to become a doctor, scientist, and educator in the greater New York area, with a particular focus on healing those with skin of color. She is also invested in advancing the careers of underrepresented minorities in medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and taking long socially-distant walks with her husband Nick and dog Zoey.
Greenhills School has appointed Sylvester Cutler to be its new director of admission and financial aid, effective July 1, 2021. Cutler will serve on the school’s senior leadership team and oversee student recruitment, community outreach, and manage the more than $1.6 million of financial aid Greenhills distributes each year.
Greenhills alum Dr. Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere '10 recently spoke to Head of School Peter B. Fayroian about her life after graduation and path to becoming the Director of the Thinking Dog Center at CUNY Hunter College. Dr. Byosiere credits the science classes she took while attending Greenhills — specifically mentioning those taught by Mr. Friedlander and Dr. Smith — for sparking her interest in working with animals and opening the door to the possibility of having a career focused on the study of animal behavior. Following her time at Greenhills, she went on to earn her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. at La Trobe University in Australia. More recently, at the Thinking Dog Center, her work has expanded to include applied research topics, including dog training methodologies and sheltering practices.
In his senior yearbook sketch, Dagvin Anderson ’88 wrote that in the 6th grade he made “the most important decision of my life” to leave his friends in Ypsilanti and attend Greenhills, an Ann Arbor school he had never heard of before. As a senior, he expressed no regrets about graduating from Greenhills, but he still wondered if it was the right choice. Today, as a two-star major general in the U.S. Air Force, and the joint commander of US Special Operations Command Africa, he has “absolutely zero doubt that Greenhills was the right place for me.”
Having been a student-athlete at Greenhills since 6th grade, Jackie Oestreich graduated from Greenhills in 2013. During her time at Greenhills, she proved to be an outstanding athlete, playing volleyball and basketball and serving as the team captain. A natural leader, she shared her enthusiasm and drive with other players for the benefit of all. She was also a two-sport athlete in volleyball and basketball at Ohio Dominican University where she earned a B.A. in Business Administration, and a minor. in Spanish in 2017. After graduation, she decided to move back home to Michigan to coach volleyball at Concordia University as a graduate assistant. There she earned an M.B.A.with a concentration in strategic marketing. In 2019, when she completed her masters degree, the USA volleyball coaches asked her to tryout at the Olympic Center in Colorado. She then traveled on tour to Slovenia that same summer. In August 2019, only one week into the tour, she received a contract to play professional volleyball for Volejbal Prerov in the Czech Republic. As of December 2020, Jackie's professional career continues in Spain (Canary Islands) where plays for CV Heidelberg. “Playing professionally and living abroad has always been my dream so I am excited to help others who feel the same.”
And we do our very best to draw it out daily. On average, any two people have 99.9% identical DNA. That means what makes you you is what comes from that remaining 0.1%. At Greenhills, we've crafted our entire 6th- through 12th-grade experience (and our approach to teaching) to unleash the full power of that 0.1%. So you can go out into the world — uniquely and confidently you. A one-of-a-kind work of art with the ability to do anything you set your very distinctive brain to.