In her first months as Director of Middle School and Summer Programming, Mrs. Pieroni has dedicated herself to fostering a sense of belonging in our newest, youngest students. Central to this effort has been the development of a mentoring program in which older students are paired with middle schoolers to build a sense of friendship and community. Mrs. Pieroni has organized monthly events in which these students can socialize and have fun—an ice cream social and trivia game in September and a pumpkin-decorating contest in October. More profoundly, though, she makes our middle schoolers feel seen and understood as individuals. Her leadership of our middle school program ensures that each student will feel confident taking on the future challenges of high school!