Tower relies on several sources of income, not just tuition, to maintain and enhance student programs. The Annual Fund makes up 6% of the school’s operating budget and helps cover the difference between total tuition revenue and what it costs to run the school. Here are a few of the many ways the Annual Fund impacts student learning:
- Annual Fund gifts enabled Grade 1 teacher Sarah Clark to combine forces with Learning Specialists Nina Miller and Sarah Arnold in a refinement of the reading curriculum. As a result, student experiences are more integrated across grades.
- Annual Fund gifts enabled Tower to broaden its science curriculum, which was recently expanded to more grade levels and the number of classroom hours increased for those already studying science.
- Our Music and Performing Arts programs have seen multi-year investments in teacher training and new instruments such as the marimbas.
- Investments in the people and program at Tower enable the school to pilot best practices in education. Research tells us that self-awareness is a skill critical to happiness and success later in life. In the Upper School, a subset of students, faculty, and parents are piloting student self-assessment as part of parent-teacher conferences.
- At the classroom level, the benefits of Annual Fund gifts are numerous! One highlight is History teacher Sig Orne's recent trip tracing the route of westward expansion by traveling in the footsteps of early settlers along the Oregon Trail. Her primary-source experience brings learning to life for her Grade 7 and 8 students.
- Another highlight is Grade 4 teacher Erica Osattin and Learning Specialist Kathleen Jaisitis' attendance at a Landmark School conference on differentiated learning. Their new insights have given them a variety of approaches to improve students' conceptual understanding of math and mastery of facts.
These are just a few of the many ways the generosity of our entire school community impacts our students' experience
Meet our Team
JESSIE ACHTERHOF, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Jessie has been with Tower since 2007 and was appointed Director of Development in 2012. A graduate of Trinity College in CT, Jessie comes to Tower from the Development Office at Collegiate School in New York City. She is the parent of a Tower third grader and fifth grader.
KIM TRUDEL, DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL GIVING
Kim joined the Development Office in 2015 and has been a member of the Tower family as the parent of a Tower third grader and seventh grader. Kim is a graduate of Boston University and Harvard University. At MIT, Kim worked as a researcher and studied organizational development at the Sloan School.