Wheeler Alumni

The Wheeler School is a Nursery-Grade 12 coed, independent school founded in 1889 with two campuses, city and rural, in Providence, RI, and Seekonk, MA

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Photos from Wheeler Alumni's post 03/27/2024

Wheeler alumnus Eli Tegu ’11 recently exhibited a solo show of large-scale sculpture work titled, “5 Moving Bottles at the US Rubber Company Mill,” at the WaterFire Arts Center in Providence, where Wheeler eighth-graders also participate in their year-long Cityside program. Eli treated Wheeler students to a special artist gallery talk and access to touch the sculptures. As they continued to engage with the exhibit and ask questions, Eli talked about his inspirations as an artist, including his early ceramic experiences with Upper School Art Teacher Kristin Murphy P’19, P’23 and former Wheeler Art Teacher Cali Almy P’14, P’15.

Many thanks to Eli for sharing his work with the Wheeler community and showing us another example of what alumni mentorship can look like.


Wheeler’s annual Mind Your p's and q's event is approaching! Members of our community are invited to join us when we will honor all of our Hamilton School alumni as this year's recipients of the Hamilton Life Achievement Award. The following Hamilton Alumni Ambassadors will receive the award on behalf of their fellow alums:

- Financial analyst and former Wheeler Alumni Board President Peter Brown ’03
- Science educator Chris Freeman ’97
- Veterinarian Laura Gordon-Roman ’98, P’32
- Competitive horseback rider and entrepreneur Kate Mancosh ’13
- Wheeler Dance Program Founder and Teacher Erin (Gildea) Muccino ’04
- Dentist Daniel Pickar ’11

We hope you’ll join us at this special event, which will take place Friday, March 1 in the Gilder Center for the Arts’ Isenberg Auditorium at 6:30pm, followed by a celebratory reception in the Nulman Lewis Student Center. Reserve your ticket(s) by Friday, February 23 here:



Yesterday, Head of School Allison Gaines Pell P'23, P'25 shared that the 2024-25 school year, which will be her eighth at Wheeler, will be her last. “I love being Wheeler’s head of school,” AGP said in her letter to the community. “I have been enriched by the extraordinary relationships I’ve developed with faculty, staff, students, and families. It has been an honor to help make Mary Colman Wheeler’s vision a reality alongside Wheeler’s unparalleled leadership team. Miss Wheeler’s founding ideal, ‘to learn our powers and be answerable for their use,’ is one of the best mission statements I’ve ever known for defining a great education.

“I’m grateful for many other collective experiences and achievements over these years. We revitalized our educational vision, unifying and strengthening it under this mission, and we established ambitious plans to realize that vision on both of Wheeler’s campuses. We launched new programs that not only impact the educational experiences of our students but also engage and support the community around us. Above all, the experiences I will treasure most have been in the small moments: the laughter, connection, resilience, humility, and care that ties our community together.”

In a letter from Wheeler’s Board of Trustees, Chair Alisia St. Florian ’86 wrote of the Board’s appreciation for AGP’s leadership. “Since her arrival, enrollment has grown across both campuses; our community is more diverse, supportive, and inclusive; and the school's path forward is clear. And, of course, we are grateful for her steady hand as she steered us through the incredible challenges of the pandemic. Despite those challenges, we did more than persevere; Wheeler is thriving today. We can all take pride in the recent assessment of the NEASC re-accreditation team who found Wheeler to be a national model for independent schools in several areas. Much of what Allison brought to Wheeler – the incredible people and programs – will remain long after she departs. For all of these things, and for much more, we will be forever grateful for Allison's tenacious leadership.”

You can read the full letters on our website: https://buff.ly/3UEackJ

Photos from Wheeler Alumni's post 02/09/2024

During this morning’s community meeting, Upper School students heard from Arvind Sridhar '20, a Computer Science and Economics major specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Arvind spoke on the intersection of AI, art, business, and ethics, with particular insights into AI's limits and ability to foster and inspire human creativity. Arvind also shared advice about "embracing the mosaic" of one's identity at Wheeler and beyond. For him, Wheeler was a place where he could play varsity basketball, sing with the 18 Wheelers, try his hand at improv comedy, join the debate team, and serve as co-president of his senior class. He urged students to celebrate the multitudes within themselves, rejecting any one definition of self in college and beyond. Following graduation from Brown University this spring, Arvind will pursue a Product Manager career at Adobe in San Francisco.

Photos from Wheeler Alumni's post 01/29/2024

This morning, Wheeler alumna Anna Belkin ’07 kicked off the Upper School’s Unity and Diversity Week as the keynote speaker, responding to this year’s theme of “Seeking Justice and Finding Joy.” Anna is an attorney for the Tenants' Rights Unit, New York Legal Assistance Group, serving clients who are facing eviction and housing insecurity. She has also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union Women’s Rights Project, The National Center for Youth Law, The New York Civil Liberties Union, and Michigan Law’s Human Trafficking Clinic.

In her address, Anna shared her path, challenges, and the joy of learning from and being inspired by colleagues and mentors working together to face injustice. Students learned that success can come in the form of individual life changing cases as well as high level policy making with broad impact—and that both are meaningful.

Anna was invited to campus by Director of Unity and Diversity Princess Bomba P'16, P'18, who shared anecdotes from her own journey of seeking justice, embracing the humanity of others, and finding joy, pride, and gratitude. As Anna told us after the assembly, "I was honored to be this year's U&D Week keynote speaker. It was remarkable to learn how much the program had changed from when I attended Wheeler. I was inspired to hear about its vision, and this year's theme resonated with me. Seeking justice can be really hard, but it can also be rewarding."

Thank you, Anna, for inspiring the next generation of Wheeler lawyers and change agents, and for exemplifying finding joy in working collaboratively and with purpose towards a more just society. Wheeler School


Wheeler Farm has a rich history that spans sports to science and painting to pageants, and yet, more than a century after Mary C. Wheeler purchased the property, we believe we’re just beginning to tap into its incredible potential. With that in mind, we’re excited to tell you about some transformational enhancements at Wheeler Farm that will soon get underway. Visit The Future of the Farm webpage to learn more: https://www.wheelerschool.org/the-future-of-the-farm/

Photos from Wheeler Alumni's post 01/07/2024

It was wonderful to see Wheeler alumni from the Classes of 2020-23 back on our Providence campus for a New Year's lunch party in Wheeler Hall last Friday! In addition to catching up with one another, the alumni reconnected with their former advisors, as well as staff, faculty, and some of our seniors. Here are a few of the special moments from the event. Thank you again to our alumni for joining us! Wheeler School

Young Alumni New Years Pizza Lunch 2024 01/02/2024

Happy New Year!

This Friday, we look forward to welcoming back to campus our most recent alumni—the classes of 2020-2023—for a New Years Pizza lunch. Alumni will be joined by members of the senior class of 2024, past advisors, staff and faculty. Forgot to register? RSVP today on The Wheel.

Young Alumni New Years Pizza Lunch 2024 Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 — this one is for YOU. Come back to campus during your winter break to ring in the New Year with old friends and advisors, current students, teachers and staff. We can't wait to see you again and hear how you have been. Pizza is on us! RSVP requested by Decemb...


This second video from the Wheeler Alumni Awards Ceremony is a poignant and personal story told by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as he accepted the Mary C. Wheeler Medal of Arts via prerecorded video on behalf of his late mother—accomplished artist, writer, actress, fashion designer, and entrepreneur—Gloria Vanderbilt ’42. Wheeler School


As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the Wheeler Alumni Awards Ceremony, we wanted to share two especially meaningful moments from video acceptances from afar. The first comes from internationally-renowned composer Nico Muhly ’99, receiving his inaugural Mary C. Wheeler Medal of Arts, with a heartfelt message about how his experiences at Wheeler School shaped his creative path.

Photos from Wheeler Alumni's post 10/14/2023

We’re back with more moments from the first day of Wheeler’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, from an alumni lunch with Head of School Allison Gaines Pell P’23, P’25, to a performance by the 18 Wheelers a ca****la group, to a presentation by Visual Arts Department Head and Archivist Bob Martin P’05, P’10 about the life and art of our school’s visionary founder, Mary C. Wheeler. We’ll see our alumni again tomorrow – along with many of our students, families, faculty, and staff – for a full day of fun at Wheeler Farm, including Family Fall Fest, alumni pickleball games, our 5K Fun Run/Walk, the Varsity Girls Soccer game, and our annual Middle School Soccer tournament…and don’t forget to stop by the Wheeler Gear Pop-Up Shop to show off your school spirit!

Photos from Wheeler Alumni's post 10/13/2023

It’s Wheeler’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend! This morning we held our Alumni Career Roundtables. This networking event was an opportunity for Upper School students to connect with Wheeler alumni who now work in a range of fields. The alumni shared their advice about academic and professional journeys, as well their stories about life after Wheeler. Thank you to all of our alumni and student participants!

Photos from Wheeler Alumni's post 10/04/2023

We are proud to announce the inaugural recipients of The Mary C. Wheeler Medal of Arts!

This new alumni award honors those individuals who, either through their participation, support, or interest, have made exceptional contributions to the performing or visual arts at Wheeler and beyond. The medal also honors Wheeler’s founder, Mary Colman Wheeler, an artist, educator, and activist who believed that an educational experience grounded in students’ curiosity and passions could lead those students to make the world a better place. This year’s recipients include beloved art teacher Bobbie Berking-Dalzell ’73 (second image, with students), award-winning mixed media artist Nancy Bowen ’73 (first image, top left), internationally-renowned composer Nico Muhly ’99 (first image, top right), and, posthumously, accomplished artist, writer, actress, fashion designer, and entrepreneur Gloria Vanderbilt ’42 (first image, bottom, alongside her son, Anderson Cooper, who will accept the award via video on her behalf). They will be honored at the Alumni Awards Ceremony along with our Founder’s Award and Athletics Hall of Fame honorees on Saturday, Oct. 14 during Wheeler’s Homecoming and Reunion Weekend.

You can read more on our website: https://buff.ly/3Q3mDDW

You can register for the Awards Celebration event here: https://alumni.wheelerschool.org/event/alumni-awards-celebration-2023


The Wheeler Alumni Board is proud to announce that Vanessa Crum ’74 (pictured left) and Dacia Read ’04 (pictured right) will receive its highest honor: The Founder’s Award. They will be recognized in a special ceremony during next month’s Homecoming & Reunion Weekend festivities.

Crum, who was elected earlier this year as the first Black woman to serve as a judge on the Providence Municipal Court, will receive The Founder’s Award for Achievement. The award recognizes alumni whose exceptional accomplishments in their fields have made a significant impact on their professions and/or communities, and whose lives and careers exemplify Wheeler’s mission to “learn our powers and be answerable for their use.”

Prior to her current role as associate judge, Crum was an attorney and administrator for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, a former administrator for the City of Providence, where she was responsible for women and business enterprise development, and a member of the city’s Ethics Commission.

Read will be honored with The Founder’s Award for Service, which recognizes alumni who have demonstrated an uncommon level of devotion to Wheeler and given significant time and energy in service to the school’s mission.

She has long been committed to improving outcomes for children and families, beginning as a Wheeler student in 2001 when she was a volunteer for Breakthrough Providence. Since then, she has served her local communities in New York and Rhode Island to address systemic barriers and disparities impacting children and families through various public and private sector roles, from leading a statewide legislative campaign on behalf of the Children’s Defense Fund-New York, to serving as former Governor Gina Raimondo’s deputy chief of staff in charge of the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please join us in congratulating Vanessa Crum and Dacia Read on their Founder’s Award recognition! You can read more by clicking the following link: https://bit.ly/44Mxp5z. Wheeler School

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