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John and Sheila Martin Professional Development Fund
By Jean Cohoon / November 10, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
(Photo courtesy East Bay Newspapers)

“Teaching character and giving students a sense of a moral compass was important to him,” Norman “Sandy” McCulloch says of John Martin, who served as headmaster at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington from 1996 until 2015.

It is fitting that one of the first funds specifically for professional development is made possible through this permanent endowment Sandy and Dorothy McCulloch established at the Foundation to honor John Martin and his wife, Sheila. Annual funding is to help faculty and staff infuse character education with technical competence into the school’s environment.

Joanne Fayan, St. Andrew’s arts department chair, and Audrey Berry, humanities department chair, attended a conference in California this past summer. “We shared invaluable networking opportunities, and learned how to introduce the basic fundamentals of character education into our classrooms from those who have initiated programs in their own schools,” says Joanne.

This fund continues the McCullochs’ more than half century involvement with St. Andrew’s – Sandy served on the independent school’s board of trustees from 1964 to 2015, and Dorothy’s many volunteer roles include chairing the St. Andrew’s School Association, writing the school’s history, working in the library and, with her husband, hosting students for dinners and ski trips.

“We’ve seen so many young people whose lives have been changed because of the school,” Dorothy says, with Sandy explaining, “Because many of these students’ brains process information differently, it’s essential that we keep up with brain research and understanding. We have to give teachers the tools they need,” Sandy states.

Of their decision to name this fund for the Martins, Dorothy notes, “They did a magnificent job at the school. We’ve seen so much enthusiasm as a result of the sincere interest John took in the development of each child.”

The McCullochs also have long been associated with the Foundation – Sandy served two terms on the Board of Directors and chaired it for four years. This is the third fund the couple has established. Sandy concludes, “I have the highest respect and greatest confidence in the stability and permanence of the Foundation. There’s nothing like it in the state.”
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