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Two Rectory School employees, Lesley Gibbs, center, and Glenn Ames, left, were awarded the Kellogg Award. Headmaster Fred Williams is at right. Courtesy photo.
Rectory honors
two employees
POMFRET — The Rectory School recently honored two employees with the school’s Kellogg Award. The Kellogg Award, established in 1993 by Rectory alumnus Peter Kellogg ’57 in honor of his mother, Mrs. James Crane Kellogg III, recognizes Rectory employees for their dedication and commitment to the school. This year’s recipients are Lesley Gibbs and Glenn Ames.
Gibbs has been at Rectory since 2001. She began her career at Rectory in the Admissions Office as the Associate Director of Admissions, has served as the Director of Secondary Placement for 10 years, and now serves as the School’s Senior Enrollment Officer. Presenting the award, Headmaster Fred Williams said, “As one of our first faces for our guests, Mrs. Gibbs’ warmth, professionalism, and passion for our school make all visitors feel immediately welcome, at home, and engaged.  Additionally, her experience, her perceptive mind, and her keen ideas make her an invaluable member of our enrollment team.  As a parent of two Rectory students, she speaks knowledgeably and passionately about our community, and as a seasoned school person, she has helped Rectory evolve and improve.”
Gibbs is active in Rectory’s residential life program, is an adviser, has coached squash and girls lacrosse, and coordinated the School’s March Experiential Learning Program (MELP) for 12 years. She received the School’s Army Award in 2014, for her support of Rectory’s female students. Mrs. Gibbs lives in Pomfret with her husband Donald, and their two children, Maya (Rectory class of 2015) and Jeffrey (Rectory class of 2017).
Also joining Rectory in 2001, Ames taught history, coached football and baseball, and was a dorm parent for 13 years. His passion for history and his expertise as an instructor resulted in him assuming the role of History Team Leader. Now, as the Director of the Middle School, he oversees the entire middle school academic program, where he was instrumental in developing a new student-centered academic schedule, expanding the advisory program, improving the exam rotation schedule, and implementing best practices in the classroom. 
Williams said, “His years at Rectory have proven that Mr. Ames is a great teacher, a great administrator (where his title now includes Assistant Head of School), and a great coach. More important than all of these, Mr. Ames is a great mentor to the many students and teachers who have crossed his path.  Long time dorm parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ames, turned their dorm into a home, and have made lifelong friendships with a long list of students. Similarly, Mr. Ames has been a great resource to so many teachers, particularly those just beginning their careers, as he lends an ear, provides perspective, and in his carefree way, encourages them to laugh and love what they are doing." Mr. Ames was also the recipient of the School’s Rosbottom Excellence in Education Award in 2004. He lives in Pomfret with his wife, Pam, and their two sons, Cooper (Rectory class of 2018) and Carson (Rectory class of 2021).
Across his time at Rectory, Mr. Ames has brought humor, intellect, compassion, spirit, comradeship, and innovation to our campus. It is so appropriate we now recognize him with this Kellogg Award in appreciation of these many positive qualities, qualities that are responsible for shaping the lives of our students, our faculty, and our school.” 
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