‘One-of-a-kind community’

Emma (Richter) Gaudio ’05 reflects on her time at Kirby and recognizes that where she is today is influenced greatly by her past. She writes:

“For many people, middle school and high school live in their past. It’s been almost 15 years since I graduated from Kirby, and I am happy to say that this wonderful school continues to be a part of my present.

Academically, Kirby prepared me for success at Bard College, a liberal arts college that was writing and thinking intensive. Kirby encouraged me to love learning, whether it was learning about Russian Literature, Calculus, or Art History. Kirby also solidified my love of the arts, and I treasure the experiences I had in Kirby’s Music Department as part of Kirby’s Arts Intensive Path. My many years in Chamber Choir turned me into a “choir nerd” for life, and I have spent the past 8 years working in Arts Administration and the Performing Arts, and singing with choruses in NYC and Pittsburgh.

Kirby’s community is one-of-a-kind. I still have wonderful friendships with not only my peers, but also teachers and administrators from my time at Kirby. It has been exciting to see where my schoolmates’ lives have taken them, especially as a few of them have ended up back at Kirby as teachers! My own journey has recently led me to become a parent, and I would be thrilled to one day give my son the gift that my parents gave to me: the joy that is the Kirby experience.”