Ms. Liebman Returns After Seven Years
“What ever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it” was Ms. Liebman’s senior quote in the Pace Academy yearbook of 2000. Fifteen years later, she has certainly followed this quote, and is now back at Pace as director of service learning and director of summer programs. “I think that trying to make a difference is always a work in progress and that big goals require boldness,” said Ms. Liebman. “I have big dreams and I have been inspired by this quote, but I think that I won’t ever know if I’ve fulfilled it. For every dream or goal that I have achieved, there is another big goal following right behind it that requires even more boldness.”
Ms. Liebman attended Pace from sixth grade through graduation in May 2000. After graduating, she acquired her undergraduate degree at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She proceeded to work as a construction assistant with Habitat for Humanity outside of Philadelphia, doing a lot of painting and drywall finishing. Ms. Liebman came back to Pace for a couple of years, from 2005-2007, before working for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “I did some fundraising for cancer research and patient services. Then I worked at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. and did some fundraising there,” said Ms. Liebman. While working in D.C., she went back to school and got her master’s degree in nonprofit administration at Notre Dame University.
“There are some things that have changed a lot [at Pace Academy],” said Ms. Liebman. “The new upper school building is obviously a really significant change. But, there are some things that haven’t changed at all… Some of the people who have been here since I was a student are still the exact same people. It’s really nice to feel like I’m coming home, but there are all these wonderful new things here, as well.” Coach Pope and Ms. Smith are the two teachers who stick out the most to her. “Ms. Smith is just as terrifying and just as wonderful,” she said.
Ms. Liebman is in the same office that she had seven years ago; however, she says the interior is completely different. Her desk is in the opposite corner of where it was before. She says working with her mother as her co-worker is “both strange and great.” Mrs. Liebman works as the lower school library assistant, so Ms. Liebman sees her occasionally.
Ms. Liebman plans to bring a lot of new ideas to the Academy. She wants to take Pace’s current service learning and summer programs and expand and improve them. “My first idea for the service program is to reconnect with the partnerships that we already have and check in to see if what we’re currently doing is going to have the biggest impact on the program,” said Ms. Liebman. She also wants to work with the students to find out what they want in a service program, as well as keeping the programs we are working with now or finding some new partnerships. In particular, Ms. Liebman wants to build more options for middle school during the summers to expand the summer programs throughout the whole school.