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The "Spirited" official podcast of Providence Day School, bringing you informative and entertaining conversations from the global PD community. Learn more at
36 Episodes
On this special bonus episode of "From the Horse’s Mouth," guest host and Middle School computing and innovation teacher Dr. Wesley Fryer chats with Director of E-Sports Kalon Davis and graduating senior Jayden Stuart ’24. Tune in as they explore the dynamic world of e-sports, its rising popularity at PD, and the impact it has on students and the school community.
In a bittersweet episode of "From the Horse's Mouth," host Jay Barron sits down with departing Upper School Head Eric Hedinger before he begins his new role as Head of School at Augusta Preparatory Day School. Joined by friends and fellow faculty members, Upper School English Teacher Matt Spence and Upper School Physical Education Teacher Bill Finneyfrock, they fondly reminisce about their time as English teachers in the legendary West Wing, share the joys of coaching (and playing) soccer, an...
As the 2023–24 school year wraps up, seniors Brook Ephrem, Cassie Miller, and Emerson Smith join host Jay Barron to reminisce about their time at PD. Tune in to hear their insights on the college admissions journey, tips for incoming Upper Schoolers, and the value of embracing versatility. Plus, get ready for some laughs with a mix of embarrassing and amusing anecdotes!
On this week's podcast, host Jay Barron converses with Lower School Musical Director Sierra Key, Upper School Theatre Director Brooke Fulton, and senior Avery Thalberg about Providence Day’s recent performing arts achievements, the intricacies of production, fostering a creative arts environment, and uncovering the unseen aspects behind the scenes!
On this week’s episode of From the Horse’s Mouth, host Jay Barron interviews Environmental Sustainability Coordinator and Upper School English Teacher, Jack Hudson, senior Sophie Mao ’24, junior Meha Khanna ’25, and senior Frankie Castellucci ’24, on a topic that’s ever more present in our daily lives: sustainability. Listen in as we discuss their journey into environmentalism and renewability, and how we can all take steps to make a difference both locally and abroad.
On this episode of From the Horse's Mouth, host and lifetime doodler Jay Barron talks visual arts with Lower School Fine Arts Teacher, Gabe Devereux, and Upper School Fine Arts Teacher and AP Art History Teacher, Sydney Sheaffer. Tune in as they discuss their origin stories, teaching art vs. making art, and dispel any notion that art is the "easy class!"
VIEWER DISCRETION: This podcast touches on some sensitive subjects related to mental health. Our host, Jay Barron, speaks to Student Services Director Lisa Bernard, eighth grader Ana Arronte, ninth grader Cole Zapata, and tenth grader Caroline Krell. They openly and honestly discuss what mental health means in the context of their lives and being a PD student. Listen as they share their insight about personal struggles and triumphs. Plus, you will learn some helpful tips on dealing with ...
Step aside, Skynet! In the last episode of season four, host Jay Barron attempts to demystify the excitement and confusion surrounding artificial intelligence (A.I.) with guidance from PD teachers Dr. Wes Fryer and Dr. James Edge, along with Christian Gibson '10, engineer with OpenAI.
In 2021, College Board announced that I would be piloting a new AP African-American Studies course beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. Since this announcement, the course has been the target of both celebration and consternation across the country. Upper School English and history Department Chairs Marcus Smith and Ted Dickson, respectively, are at the helm of PD's effort to bring AP African-American Studies to the classroom. How'd they do it? Hear from them in this special Black History ...
As the New Year begins, the latest episode of "From the Horse's Mouth," PD's official podcast, tackles lessons learned in 2022 with a panel including host Jay Barron, Upper School Theatre director Brooke Fulton, and award winning students Astrid James '23 and John Carter Krell '23.
A year ago, Providence Day launched a Teaching Fellows Program to recruit recent college graduates to learn teaching and leadership and bring more inclusion and belonging to the teaching profession. So how's the first year going? Hear from PD's five Teaching Fellows in an episode guest-hosted by Fellow Will McCorn.
What does PD mean by "health and well-being"? Tune in to "From the Horse's Mouth," the official PD podcast hosted by World Language teacher Jay Barron, to hear a health-minded discussion! Strength & Conditioning Coach Tom Caruso; Kristie Oglesby, chair of PD's Physical Education department; Student Services Learning Specialist Emily Young; and Easton Pransky '24, founder of student group Thrive, talk about wellness resources available at PD.
As the new school year begins, hear from national independent schools expert Rob Evans, along with two members of Providence Day's leadership - Head of Lower School Erin Harper and Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs Michael Magno - as they talk with host Jay Barron about their hopes for the year and how students are coping in a post-pandemic world.
As the Fall Sports season gets underway, hear from a panel of some of Providence Day's most high-profile coaches - Varsity Football's Chad Grier; Boys' Varsity Basketball's Ron Johnson; Girls' Soccer's Dan Dudley; and Athletic Director Nancy Beatty along with host Jay Barron as they go "Beyond the Scoreboard" to tell the stories behind the teams. Go Chargers!
Should PD be using solar energy? Can PD's plastic be recycled into bricks? What can we all do to be more sustainable? Hosted by Scarlet Greer '22, this lively discussion panel also includes Libby Barron '26, Laura Plata '24, Jodi Yan '24, and Jennifer Todd of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.
Hear from a 20-year PD administrator and a PD "lifer" student as they compare thoughts on their PD experience with a newcomer student and administrator, and discuss what makes the Middle School experience at PD unique. The two Middle School deans, Bobby Thompson and Dr. Kendrick Liles, and students Olivia Desmond and LJ Dawkins share their impressions with Host Jay Barron.
Where does PD want to be by 2030, and how do we get there? Hear host Jay Barron discuss the school's new Strategic Framework with Tom Seddon, the former member of PD's Board of Trustees who helped develop it.
Two students in the Middle School Broadcast Media class - Bridget Brewster '26 and Daniel Ahmadivarji '27 - turn the tables on their teachers and serve as podcast hosts! They interview a panel consisting of Jay Barron, their teacher Rebecca Roemer, and Head of Middle School Lee Tappy. Hear their burning questions, and some occasionally surprising answers!
The new episode of the PD podcast, "From the Horse's Mouth," arrives just in time for exam season! Hosted by Mr. Jay Barron, the panel includes Upper School Counselor Claire Bell and students Scarlet Greer '22 and Pavan Thakkar '24. They discuss the pressures of PD, and issues facing students in general amid the pandemic, as well as helpful resources and ideas for self-care.
Just in time for the end of the school year, a podcast panel convened to discuss the silver linings of the past year's pandemic, as well as some predictions for what the next school year might hold. Join host Jay Barron; Head of School Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw; Lower School counselor Margot Brinley; and Upper School teacher Joe Grabenstetter for an entertaining discussion to send you off on summer vacation.