Once you've been a part of the Tandem Friends community, you are always a part of the Tandem Friends community. Our alums are vital to the life of the school, and they feel welcome to return and reconnect. Alums show up for school events, plays, graduation, meeting for worship, and more. Alums frequently stop in for a chat with a favorite teacher. Some come back to coach Tandem Friends School teams. Many alums have returned as parents of Tandem Friends students, adding another generation to this connected community.

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Alumni News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Class of 1973 Celebrates 50th Reunion on Campus

    The entire Tandem community enjoyed celebrating the Class of 1973 (our first official graduating class) for their 50th reunion weekend May 5-6. On Friday, they joined the Upper School for Community Time, sharing stories of their times at Tandem and what they've been doing since graduation. They also spent some time talking to students afterwards. Tandem co-founder John Howard and his wife Elizabeth were on hand to visit with their first grads as well. Later that afternoon, the Class of 1973 welcomed the Classes of 1974 and 1975 to join them in a reception in the Blue Room. They even recreated their graduation photo. After that, they headed into town to enjoy dinner together at The Mill Room at Boar's Head. 

    Check out a few more photos of their time on campus here. We always look forward to having our alums back on campus! Congratulations, Class of 1973!
  • Obituary Link for Former Social Studies Teacher Barbara McCallum

    We're very sad to report that former Tandem social studies teacher Barbara McCallum, who taught at Tandem from 1987-1991, has passed away. Here is a link to Barbara's obituary, which was thoughtfully shared by her daughter Ashley. Barbara loved teaching and being part of the Tandem family.  Please join us in holding Barbara's family in the Light.
  • Alumni College Panel Returns

    We were grateful for the generosity of Tandem alumni willing to share their time and wisdom with our current juniors and seniors on January 6. The College Panel is an annual event of almost 20 years that brings current alumni college students in to share wisdom and answer questions about their college experience with Upper Schoolers. Sometimes they share what it's like to go to college far from home. Some talk about college-level sports. Some chose small schools and some are attending large universities. From what it's like to live in a dorm to how they made the leap from high school classes to college lectures, they have stories to tell about life after Tandem and plenty of great advice to give. Thanks to our wonderful alumni panel members: Sophie F (TFS '21, Vassar), Charlie K (TFS '19, U of Colorado Boulder), Anna K (TFS '21, Bryn Mawr), Ben L (TFS '19, UVA) and Jeremy O (TFS '19, UVA) for sharing their insight and wisdom. We love having them return to campus to tell their stories.
  • Tandem Alum in New Hulu Series Fleishman is in Trouble

    We're proud to share that Tandem alum Maggie Horan (TFS '09) is appearing as a recurring co-star in the new series Fleishman is in Trouble, which began streaming on Hulu on November 15. Maggie, who holds a BFA in Theater Performance from VCU, is also a member of NYC's Brave New World Repertory Theatre and a Company Artist with The Workshop Theater. Fleishman is in Trouble, based on the 2019 New York Times bestselling novel by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, is receiving great reviews. Check out the trailer at Learn more about Maggie at Congratulations, Maggie!
  • Tandem Alum Talks to Middle School Scientists about Robotics and More

    Tandem 6th and 8th graders enjoyed a great lesson from Dr. Wilson Ruotolo (TFS '12), who lives in Palo Alto, CA but dropped by while visiting his parents in the area. Wilson earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2021. His graduate work focused on robotic hands and how to combine precision touch with strength. It was funded by the Toyota Robotics Institute and the National Science Foundation. 

    Wilson gave an excellent lecture to our 6th and 8th graders about some cool robotics work that he performed during his time at Stanford. The kids were very engaged and he shared many nifty robotics videos that were quite impressive. Wilson is now co-founder of a company called Hedgehog that is automating the growth of fungi as a major food source. How cool is that? We love it when our alums come to share the amazing things they are doing in the world!

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