At the all-school milkbreak in late October, Jessup Goldberg Cook ‘20 and math teacher Grace Walkowicz member explained what brought them to Landmark. Both delivered their speeches with confidence and poise in front of more than 500 people in the Ansara Athletic Center.
Jessup arrived at Landmark during his sophomore year. He said while some students are at Landmark because their parents made the decision for them, he said coming to Landmark was his choice. ‘I wish I had the opportunity to start at Landmark sooner than I did,” he said. “Being at Landmark made me realize that if I put my mind to wanting to learn, I can accomplish it. I just need the access and resources to succeed at school.”
Like many Landmark faculty members Ms Walkowicz has deep connections to Landmark. Her parents, Stephen and Kelly, met and married at Landmark. After a few years, they left Landmark for other career opportunities in western Massachusetts. When it was time for Grace to choose a career, she recalled stories about the “mythical place called Landmark” that she had heard so often growing up. Grace took her parents’ advice and applied to Landmark. Now in her fifth year of teaching, Grace has no regrets. “I was curious about this place that holds so many of their memories. I didn’t expect that I’d love it here as much as I do. I have fallen in love with teaching, getting to know the students, and trying to find creative ways to make math fun. I, just like my parents, have found my family at Landmark.”