Ms. Steimle and Mr. Chase Retire
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 6th, 2014
This spring, Michaela Steimle and Gordon Chase, two integral teachers in our community, will be retiring from Milton Academy.
A faculty member in our English Department since 1982, Ms. Steimle has grown incredibly close with Milton. She said, “This interview might make me cry. I’ll miss the kids terribly—they are all fantastic.” Ms. Steimle has influenced and inspired students during her thirty-two years at this institution both as an English teacher and a permanent Class IV Dean; however, her devotion to Milton extends far beyond the classroom. “My husband went here, and my children went here, so the school means a tremendous amount to me,” she remarked.
A group of students Ms. Steimle has grown close with this year is her advisory. One advisee, Jacob Atwood (IV), said, “Ms. Steimle does a lot and has been very sweet, and she really cares about her students. I will definitely miss her energetic attitude on Wednesday morning.”
Ms. Steimle has also created lasting relationships with her colleagues. Her fellow Class IV Dean, Mr. Fitzpatrick, commented, “I will miss our companionship. That is what makes us work so well – our friendship.”
After retiring from Milton, Ms. Steimle does not have specific plans. She wants to “sign up for some lectures at UMass, become part of the Museum of Fine Arts, get used to the town of Milton, and spend time with grandchildren.” Though her presence at the school will end this year, Ms. Steimle will leave behind a lasting legacy at Milton—last Wednesday during the annual “Best of” Class IV Talks assembly, the English department renamed the established tradition to be “The Michaela Steimle Class IV Talks” as a tribute to the incredible teacher.
Another retiring faculty member, Mr. Chase has been teaching in the Arts Department at Milton since 1978. When he first came to Milton, Mr. Chase jumped right into action by organizing the construction of the Kellner Arts Center. Mr. Chase said this accomplishment “started out as a push to unite all of the Arts under one roof. Over the past decades, Milton has advocated non-stop for all of the Arts, achieved a true level of excellence, and set an example for the independent school world. Art is everywhere at Milton.”
Daisy Walker (I), who has taken several of Mr. Chase’s classes, said, “[Mr. Chase] was a really good teacher because he had the right amount of compliments and constructive criticism. He also encouraged me and helped me feel like I could still be a good artist even if I had other interests too.”
After retiring from Milton, Mr. Chase plans to continue his art career: “Having spent 40 years as a teacher and promoter of art, I intend to work as an artist full-time. This is what I do best. I will try to do this operating out of my barn studio in a small New England town.”
Mr. Chase said he “will miss the energy of the students and the Renaissance spirit of colleagues. Working in a school is a great way to be alive. As I leave the school, there are three value I hope will stay strong: creativity, cultural diversity, and citizen advocacy. Everything that we ask of each other ought to be about knowing ourselves better, seeing more clearly, and having the courage to act on what our conscience tells us is right.”
The two incredibly devoted faculty members, Ms. Steimle and Mr. Chase, will undoubtedly be missed by students and faculty next year. They will be remembered well after retirement for their passion and incredible devotion to the school.
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