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Jonathan Diamond Receives First JP Mandler Teaching Award

Meredith Berry-Toon
Members of Canterbury's faculty and staff gathered in the School's David C. Copley '70 Library on the evening of June 6 for a ceremony honoring retiring teachers, departing non-retiring teachers, and teachers who have marked a significant milestone of service.

The ceremony concluded with Dean of Faculty Wright Danenbarger announcing Jonathan Diamond as the recipient of the first JP Mandler Teaching Award.

This award honors the forty-six years of exceptional service and dedication of Jean-Paul Mandler: English Department Chair, Director of Studies, Dean of Faculty, Director of Technology, Dean of the School, Senior Master, and longest-tenured faculty member. He retires this month.

Head of School Rachel E. Stone announced the creation of the award on May 26, 2017, on the occasion of the One Hundredth Canterbury School Commencement.

"Jonathan's teaching is highly informative," said JP, who served on the selection committee. "He is very well prepared. He knows his students well and stretches them to the level of the material, to learn to think historically. Finally, his students appreciate his intelligence and the time and effort he invests in them."

Jonathan arrived at Canterbury in 2011. He serves as Director of Counseling and teacher of AP World History and AP U.S. History.

Said teaching colleague Bryan Kiefer, "Jonathan is an exceptional student of history, and for me personally, a generous and wise mentor. The depth and breadth of his knowledge is truly amazing, as is his ability to share this with his students."

Sandy Behan, Kathy Bolster, and Guy and Viv Simonelli also received retirement honors at the ceremony.