Santa Cruz Sentinel, 5/20/2020, “Mount Madonna School seniors finish classes remotely,” photo by Shmuel Thaler.
Mount Madonna School senior Tabitha Hardin-Zollo works remotely from her home in Corralitos as she and her classmates wrap up writing their concluding impressions of interviews done on Zoom as part of the school’s Values in World Thought program. Since 1989 all Mount Madonna juniors and seniors have traveled to Washington D.C. to speak with remarkable people, explore new cultures and broaden their ideas of what is possible in life during a bi-annual learning journey. This year the students held nine interviews with luminaries such as, former Secretary of State George Shultz, Senator Joe Manchin, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, and a number of accomplished non-government leaders such as the President of Vital Voices, the Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders, Vice President of US Institute of Peace and the Vice President of Refugees International. Ward Maillaird, who founded the program and continued to co-teach it with Shannon Kelly says, “Our journey to interview government and non-government leaders in Washington, D.C. required us to imagine a new kind of distance learning that took us even further into the virtual realm, first from school to home and then onto Washington.” Hardin-Zollo will attend Sarah Lawrence College with an interest in becoming an epidemiologist. To access the students’ blog go to: http://values.mountmadonnaschool.org/category/blogs/dc2020/.