Courtney Alpaugh Simmons ’09
“Confidence is bolstered by strong connections.”
“Building strong relationships has been a powerful development point throughout my career, and a major factor in my success has been my ability to connect with those around me. Strong workplace relationships foster trust and respect, encourage collaboration, create a supportive environment, and increase overall productivity. In an open environment, I was never afraid to raise my hand and think for myself, working through problems independently as well as feeling comfortable asking for help. The confidence bolstered by those connections has inspired me to try new things and meet new people, and throughout each unique opportunity, I’ve grown, learned, and built strong relationships with people who have a variety of experiences and interests.
“During my seven years at Kent Place, the small grade and class sizes enabled students, teachers, and staff to genuinely get to know one another and created a comfortable atmosphere in which I was challenged, inspired, and encouraged, both inside and outside the classroom. This environment provided a strong foundation in relationship-building, allowing me to develop cherished connections with people who have supported me through every leap and bound.
“I’ve been able to look to the wonderful KPS community for professional and personal mentorship, whether it was recently, when I considered a major career change, or ongoing, as I maintain friendships with former classmates. We support one another throughout each new adventure in life. The meaningful relationships forged at KPS have shaped who I’ve become and will surely guide my way forward.”