As we emerge into the new normal, the entire Rowland Hall community is looking forward to more opportunities to connect. For the incoming presidents of the Home & School Association, the upcoming 2021–2022 school year is an exciting time to help build relationships among parents and caregivers.
Gina Miller will lead the Lincoln Street Campus Home & School Association, while Erin Bean and Pam Hanlon will serve as co-presidents for the McCarthey Campus. Gina has two children: Reece, a rising junior, and Kiri, a rising eighth grader. Erin has three children: Maria, a rising sixth grader; Tom, a rising third grader; and Rose, a rising kindergartner. Pam has twins: Elle and Will, rising fourth graders.
Read more about these leaders in the following Q&A.
What brought your family to Rowland Hall?
Gina: We moved to Salt Lake from Houston in 2009. Reece, our oldest child, was only one and a half, and we were looking for a preschool so she could meet other kids (and so I could have a little break during the day). We weren’t looking for a long-term option for school, but we loved Rowland Hall so much we stayed. Now, Reece is going to be a junior next year!
Erin: My Rowland Hall experience has gone like this: at first, I just dipped in my toe; now, I’m in up to my eyeballs! My family started at Rowland Hall in 2012, when we had just one kid attending 2PreK two mornings a week. Now we have three kids spanning three divisions, from kindergarten to the Middle School.
Pam: My husband and I have lived in Park City for 20-plus years, so we knew of Rowland Hall’s reputation for its exceptional education and its close-knit community. After attending the school’s open house, there was no doubt that this was where we wanted our children to receive their education. I feel the school is always one step ahead, never resting on its laurels, and always seeking to improve our children's education.
How did you first get involved in Home & School?
Gina: When Reece was in 3PreK, I was asked to be hospitality chair. I’ve been a volunteer for Home & School ever since.
Now that things are starting to get back to normal, I think reconnecting as a community is important. Home & School looks forward to helping the school reconnect as a community through these events that we help coordinate.—Gina Miller, Lincoln Street Campus Home & School president, 2021–2022
Erin: Again, I started by dipping in my toe—my friend Kari Corroon asked if I’d chair Puttin’ on the Arts (which is a fancy way of saying I was in charge of getting cookies for the recital). Now, two years later, I’m up to my eyeballs in Home & School (and I mean that in the best possible way).
Pam: I initially volunteered as a kindergarten classroom representative. It was such a fun experience, not only seeing my children in their classroom setting but also getting to know the other children, parents, and teachers. I would highly recommend this role.
As a new Home & School president, what are your goals for next year?
Gina: Now that things are starting to get back to normal, I think reconnecting as a community is important. Families are looking forward to events we didn’t get to have last year, such as Convocation, Candle & Carol, and parent socials. Home & School looks forward to helping the school reconnect as a community through these events that we help coordinate.
Erin: I want to get lots of other people to dip their toes in! I also want to invite lots of non-traditional faces to join us—especially dads! I’m proud to have four dads serving in volunteer roles this year, and we always welcome more!
Pam: I am beyond excited to embark on this new volunteer role with Home & School. My goal for this upcoming school year is to continue to build upon the prior co-presidents’ remarkable contributions. I believe it is so important to keep building a strong family community and to continue to support our incredible teachers and faculty any way we can.
How do you hope to get more families involved in Home & School, and why do you recommend that they do so?
Gina: Becoming involved in Home & School is a great way to meet other parents, as well as the faculty and staff, which can be more challenging on the Lincoln Street Campus. We often post volunteer opportunities in Friday Facts, so hopefully people will reach out to us. Volunteering usually isn’t a large commitment of time, so I highly recommend signing up, especially if you are new to the community.
Volunteering has strengthened my bond with the school. I have met so many fascinating families I might not have ever met if it wasn't for Home & School.—Pam Hanlon, McCarthey Campus Home & School co-president, 2021–2022
Erin: Volunteering for Home & School is awesome because it’s a great way to get clued in to what’s happening inside the building. That’s true even in a normal year, but especially true these days! As for how to get more families involved, everyone is welcome to join our meetings on the third Tuesday of the month. I also encourage parents to join us for Coffee & Conversations, which is generally held the first Friday of the month. You can find these events scheduled on the Rowland Hall calendar on the parent portal.
Pam: There are so many volunteer opportunities available, from mini commitments to much larger responsibilities. Home & School is always looking for volunteers and everyone is welcome—no experience required! We constantly strive to get the word out to new families as well as existing families letting them know the various volunteer options available, and we always encourage them to inquire when they have any questions. Volunteering has strengthened my bond with the school. I have met so many fascinating families I might not have ever met if it wasn't for Home & School.
What are your personal hobbies and interests?
Gina: I love being active and enjoying the outdoors. I like to hike and ski. I grew up in Texas, so I really appreciate the beautiful mountain landscape that Utah offers.
Erin: Red Butte Garden is my happy place. And in the last year I started playing the piano again, after a 25-year hiatus. I hated piano lessons when I was a kid, but now I could play the piano all day long!
Pam: I love living in the mountains of Utah. It is truly an outdoor playground. In the summer and fall, I sneak out in the mornings to ride my mountain bike on the trails in Park City. When the snow starts flying you can find me Nordic skiing with my dogs or trying to keep up with my kiddos skiing at Park City Mountain Resort. I am also an avid reader.
What is your family's favorite activity or destination?
Gina: If you ask me and my husband, Mark, we love skiing and hiking as a family. But if you ask the kids, those activities won’t be on the top of their list. But I think we all agree that we love traveling together, going to the movies, or having a Netflix night at home.
Erin: My kids’ answer: anywhere with a pool. My answer: the San Juan Islands.
Pam: As a family we love to camp and travel, always looking for the next fun adventure. We also love to ski, bike, and hike together. My children joined Rowmark Ski Academy this past year and, well...unfortunately for me I can no longer keep up with them on the mountain. Rowmark has been a wonderful experience for our family. Our children receive instruction from world-class coaches while skiing with their school friends. They absolutely love it.
Is there anything else you'd like our community to know about you and your new role?
Gina: I’m really excited to meet our new families and welcome them to Rowland Hall. I invite anyone interested in becoming more involved at school to reach out to me or anyone on the Home & School Board. We are looking forward to a fantastic school year.
Erin: I always tell parents that the Rowland Hall directory is their best friend. They can use it to look me up to text or email me about anything!
Pam: I would like to thank past Home & School volunteers, as well as upcoming volunteers, for their time and commitment. It is truly appreciated. We are always open to any ideas, suggestions, or questions; we would love to hear from you. One Friday a month during the school year we have a Coffee & Conversations get-together. Everyone is welcome. Please stop by one (or all of them). It is a nice way to connect with Rowland Hall families.
Banner photo, from left: Gina Miller, Erin Bean, and Pam Hanlon.
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