Dr. Glenn Bender Announces Retirement from Carlbrook School

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It is with mixed emotions that Carlbrook announces the upcoming retirement of Dr. Glenn Bender, our Dean of Academics and founding member of the school Board of Regents, at the end of this year. Dr. Bender has been with Carlbrook since its inception and it is with a heavy heart that we prepare to bid farewell to such an impactful, unique and beloved individual.

Teaching has always been like tending to orchards long before they bear fruit.

Carlbrook School has been privileged to be the final post for Dr. Bender, as part of a long and dedicated career in private education. Among the other schools that have had the fortune of his contributions are Rocky Mountain Academy, Cascade School, Blue Ridge School and Academy at Swift River. In the words of Dr. Bender, these schools represent his devotion to, “resurrecting the spirits and academic prospects of adolescents who have made some breathtakingly ill-informed choices and taken some mind-numbing risks. These schools and the people associated with them have provided wonderful opportunities to contribute to the successful redirection of the lives of many students and their families.”

Humility, compassion and a true devotion to imparting wisdom to others have made Dr. Bender a cherished member of the Carlbrook School community. It is in this spirit that he briefly reflects on his career:

“It seems clear to me that on balance I have derived greater benefits than I have been able to bestow on others, not for want of trying but for want of greater understanding and foresight. Ultimately it is for others to identify what they may have gleaned from their association with me; these judgments may be formed decades after our last interactions. Teaching has always been like tending to orchards long before they bear fruit.

At this point if I had to name my career I should say, “Teacher.” Administration, supervision, management, and leadership represent skill sets that have pretty much eluded me. Talking with people, colleagues, students, parents, and professionals has been very rewarding and stimulating. Truly, I have learned far more than I have been able to disseminate. It is very important to me to acknowledge, gratefully and humbly, the enormous debts I owe: Mrs. Caldwell, Miss Evans, Miss Crawford, Mrs. Lapolla, Mr. Mergler, Mr. Neher, Mr. Doran, Drs. Bing, Banning and Hay, Robert T. Kirkpatrick, Miss Bess Hutchins, Mrs. Miller, and Mr. Timothy Wildman. By far my greatest debt is to Linda Anderson, the woman whose husband it has been my honor to be, and who has been my guide and loving companion on the adventure. Each of these individuals gave me a gift which I hope I have honored and kept shiny with continued use.

I have been a very lucky man, and I know it. Others must say what they have been able to borrow from me, and they must decide if I have been a faithful transmitter of great kindness, compassion, encouragement, rigor and tenacity. I hope I have paid it forward.”

As Dr. Bender moves toward this next stage of his life, it should be emphasized that Carlbrook has been truly honored to work with such an esteemed educator. The students, teachers, parents and professionals that have come into contact with him during his tenure at the school have undoubtedly benefited from his presence. While many will undoubtedly be saddened by his departure this winter, the Carlbrook faculty would like to express sincere gratitude for his many lasting contributions to the school as well as the hope that he enjoys a relaxing and well-deserved retirement.

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