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STAN Talks 4

Spirit of Stanley Award

  • 2019 Spirit of Stanley Award Recipient David Marais to be Honored February 7 at STAN Talks 4

    David Marais The Spirit of Stanley Award is given by the Stanley BPS Alumni Association to a Stanley educator or community member who embodies the principles of our mission to engage, challenge and inspire a love of learning in our students. Spirit of Stanley award winners are nominated based on their demonstrated commitment to British Primary philosophy and their indelible impact on our school, our alumni and our community. Spirit of Stanley Award recipients are honored at our annual STAN Talk events.

    We warmly invite members of the Stanley alumni community to nominate someone you believe best represents the Spirit of Stanley. Upon consideration of all nominations received, the Alumni Steering Committee will select the year’s recipient.


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  • Each year, three Stanley alum present TED-Talk-like presentations for parents, alumni and alumni families in STAN Talks. In 10-minute presentations, our featured alum tell us about what they are doing in the world, and how their experience at Stanley informed some of the choices they have made. 2019 speakers are: 

    • Sam Burris DeBoskey is a carpenter, farmer and wilderness guide. He is passionate about empowering young people to learn more about themselves through spending time alone in nature and intentionally exploring the question of what it means to be a functional and healthy adult. He is currently reintegrating back into his hometown of Denver after spending the last number of years in Eastern California and the Northeast. Sam works building houses, volunteering for a various social and climate justice organizations, and playing basketball whenever he can. Sam is a graduate of Denver East High School and Hampshire College.
    • Laura Masko Gibson is a teacher, musician, actor, writer, dancer, builder of cross-cultural conversations and a Stanley alum. Her degrees include a B.A. in Sociology, Theatre and Jazz from Whitman College, as well as a M.A. in Educational Psychology from C.U. She currently teaches Drama at Stanley, directing 5 plays a year, as well as co-teaching a homeroom with David Marais. In 2013 and 2014, Laura worked as Project Manager for a non-profit organization in Uganda focused on education, women’s empowerment and food security. Upon her return to the U.S., Laura designed an immersion program in Uganda for 7th and 8th graders at Stanley, with a curriculum focused on breaking down stereotypes about each other and those who live far away. In her limited free time, Laura acts around town with a variety of theatre companies; plays keys and sings in Togolese-Jazz band Koffi Togo Vibe; and dances and drums at Cleo Parker Robinson. She and her husband are expecting their first baby this June.
    • Jessie Shapiro, of the Stanley class of 2000, is a music writer, producer and engineer living in Los Angeles. His music has been featured in major motion films, tv shows and advertisements. Through many failures, odd jobs, relationships and experiences gained at Stanley BPS, Jessie understands the hustle and passion necessary to be a working artist in 2019.

    Each STAN Talk is followed by the Stanley Alumni Association's presentation of the Spirit of Stanley Award - voted on by the community as someone who has dedicated themselves to upholding Stanley values and teaching philosophy.

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