The Pathways Program consists of three enrichment initiatives intended to broaden students’ horizons and to establish relationships between current students and the Oldfields Family.
Sessions spotlight alumni, past parents and friends of the School who share their “pathway” and enlighten the students about traditional and less conventional future lines of work. Students learn about a myriad of occupations to help them understand how to harness their strengths and find their callings.
2023-2024 Career pathways include:
|Sarah Phelps Fretz
|Salesforce Creative Technologist
|Ann Miranda Cooter
|Aerospace Engineer (NASA)
|Registered Veterinary Technician
|Head Start Teacher
|Professional Actor + School Founder/Educator
|Alexandra Towne Pope
|Physician - Neonatology Fellow
|Susan Westerlund Pizzi
|Psychotherapost and Singer Songwriter
|Associate Attorney General for Adminisration and Management
|Barbara Trotter Collins
|Small Business Entrepreneur-repurposing vintage into functional art
|HS Teacher (career switcher)
|CEO, Entrepreneur, Management Consultant and NonProfit Chair founded www.cmg-change.com
|Head of Strategic Business Transormation-Johnson and Johnson
|Martha Walton LeDoux
|Owner of Happy Chicken Bakery and Catering
- Students participate in quarterly seminar courses, to learn and practice essential life skills such as Effective Communication, Health and Wellness, Financial Literacy, and Citizenship and Civic Responsibility. Real-world application as well as hands-on activities empower students to be the best versions of themselves as they embark on successful ventures beyond Oldfields with strength, humility and largeness of heart.
Each semester, each student defines and engages in an exploration of a particular topic or area of interest. Examples include beekeeping, the Cold War, running a barn, knitting, renewable energy, coding, or film-making. Under the guidance of a faculty member, students work with an alumni/past parent mentor who currently works, has worked in the chosen area or has specific knowledge of the topic. The mentor provides first hand experience to help each student structure the inquiry and conduct research in her topic of choice. Additionally, students explore opportunities for internships and community involvement.
Each student presents their project at the end of the semester. Presentations provide an opportunity to share the knowledge gained and develop communication skills to share their passion with the student body.
Oldfield School’s unique Pathways Program includes a course designed to invite students to do a deep-dive into their personal interests. Since the beginning of the school year, all students have identified and researched their passions and, in the process, they have learned more about themselves and the prospect of walking a path toward living “a life of purpose.”