Kate Gibson ’94
“Embrace the people you look up to as a model to strive for.”
“I had the unique experience of graduating from Kent Place under the watchful eye of my mother, Arlene Gibson, who was our head of school at the time. When I was a teenager, I used to roll my eyes about living in her shadow.
“For those of you who don’t know Arlene, I assure you that she’s a tough act to follow. In terms of trailblazing, she has cleared forests. She’s a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, a fluent Spanish speaker, a Fulbright Scholar, a mother, an educator, and an advocate. She founded the National Coalition for Girls’ Schools. She is articulate, empathetic, and funny. She is grace in the face of adversity. She is kindness in the face of conflict. She is professionalism in a world that hits below the belt.
“She was the perfect person to lead Kent Place School. Every day she walked down those halls, she lit the way with wisdom.
“I used to complain about being Arlene’s daughter. Eventually, though, being my mother’s daughter became an identity I embraced. My mother inspired me to have two beautiful children. My mother inspired me to use the mission of community education in my work as an executive in public television. My mother inspired me to be a leader. My mother inspired me to question the status quo. My mother inspired me to make every day meaningful. My mother inspired me to be the best woman I can be.
“Trust me when I tell you that the people you look up to can eventually become the mission you aspire to. And trust me when I tell you that I strive every day to make her proud.”