Arlis Astudillo, Math Teacher and primary dorm parent in Commons spent this past summer in Litchfield. The COVID-19 pandemic was challenging but Mr. Astudillo used skills he developed last year at Forman in his work over the summer.
“I was on campus much of the time,” says Mr. Astudillo. “I taught math as well as SAT and ACT prep for Forman’s Summer Program. I also worked with the Duke University Talent Identification Program. In a course called “The Shipwreck Cipher” through the eInvestigators program, I worked remotely with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.”
When not working, Mr. Astudillo explored his approach to racial awareness and inclusivity in various ways. He read "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning ‘Stamped from the Beginning’" (Nation Books) by Ibram X. Kendo. He also read “Permission To Feel” (Celadon) by Dr. Marc Brackett. “This book pairs very well with Forman’s emphasis on social and emotional learning,” says Mr. Astudillo. “We teach our students to engage in dialogues and talk about themselves and their emotions.”
Like all his fellow faculty members, Mr. Astudillo was very happy to see students in person again. “It seems crazy that we have not seen them since March,” he says. “I’m excited to connect with returning students as well as new students and new faculty.”
“I am also eager to have in-person discussions about race with students. We’ve done a lot over the summer as a faculty and I can’t wait to listen to our students’ thoughts and feelings about this vitally important topic. The students will be at the center of