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Barbara Thomas

I moved to Chestertown’s Heron Point Retirement community in the early 1990s. A neighbor was instrumental in introducing me to Radcliffe Creek School shortly after its inception and to its Director Molly Judge. It was a great idea to have a school that could teach boys and girls with learning disabilities. 

The concept and mission of Radcliffe Creek School impressed me and I was glad to become a donor supporting the tuition of a fifth grade student who couldn’t read and whose mother was working two jobs to afford Radcliffe. 

Over the years, the public has become aware of the school and its work with children. Occasionally, I meet someone who hasn’t heard of Radcliffe and I tell them about the school and its purpose. I have continued to be a donor since Radcliffe’s early days and hope publicity about the school will interest more people to support such a worthwhile venture. 

Radcliffe Creek has grown over the years and with an increased faculty, they are able to accommodate more students. The school is an asset to Chestertown and has students from various parts of the state of Maryland. Boys and girls have an opportunity to learn in a well-ordered atmosphere and eventually go on with their schooling equipped with all the necessities for normal lives. It is my hope that Radcliffe Creek School continues for many years to come. 

Jim and Sheila Barry


Board of Trustees

Can you tell us a little about your family background and how you became a member of the Radcliffe community?

We are originally from the Boston area and moved to Chestertown after being in Annapolis for several years where Jim was a professor and the ice hockey coach at the Naval Academy and I had a private practice and was a professor at Loyola. We have five kids, three of whom are adopted from different countries, and six grandsons. When we moved to Chestertown our daughter, Shawna, and her husband, Marc lived at Gunston in Centerville where he was director of admissions. Shawna was teaching at Kent School and then they had triplet boys and moved to Chestertown. When they started school it became obvious that two of the boys needed to be in a school which was more innovative and supportive of learning differences and so we were introduced to Radcliffe.  This year these two boys graduated from Radcliffe and their younger brother is now there in his third year.


As grandparents, why do you feel it’s important to support Radcliffe Creek?

As grandparents we have been very excited to see these boys thrive in the wonderful Radcliffe community. We live very close by so are often involved in their projects and homework and it is exciting to see their creativity blossom and perhaps most of all their self confidence. I remember the first Grandparents Day that we went to at Radcliffe and Jim saying that if only he could have gone to a school like Radcliffe , his school experience would have been totally different and positive.


What would you tell someone who is considering donating to Radcliffe Creek?

We both feel that it is very important to support Radcliffe by donating in order to insure at this extraordinary place can keep thriving and helping more students to reach their potential and to believe in themselves.

What has surprised you the most about Radcliffe Creek?

What has surprised us most about Radcliffe is the energy, enthusiasm and joy that is evident from the faculty, staff, and students. Whatever our interactions have been, whether a pick-up or drop-off at school or a performance or a visiting day, we always leave with a good, positive feeling which we think every child deserves to experience in their education.


What do you wish other people knew about Radcliffe Creek?

We wish that other people could know how valuable the educational experience at Radcliffe is and that it is a place where every child can reach their potential and feel good about themselves in the process.


What is the most important thing Radcliffe Creek does?

We think that Radcliffe's individualized approach is so valuable. The realization that we are all different and unique and that we all deserve to reach our full potential is invaluable.


What do you hope for the future of Radcliffe Creek School?

We hope that Radcliffe will continue to thrive and that this education will become available to more and more students and that more people will truly understand the mission of Radcliffe. The world will definitely be a better place if this happens!

Kevin and Joan Williams

Past Parents

Can you tell us a little about your background with Radcliffe Creek?

We joined the RCS family when our oldest son, Stuart, enrolled as a fifth grader in 2007. After graduating from RCS, he went on to Archbishop Spalding High School and then to New York Maritime College where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marine transportation. He is a merchant marine officer with United States Shipping and lives in Virginia. Clark Williams, his younger brother, attended RCS for only a year, in 2009. He also attended Archbishop Spalding High School and graduated from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania with a degree in marketing.  He is employed by a division of United Health Care and lives in Baltimore.   


As a parent of alumni, why do you feel it’s important to support Radcliffe Creek?

Radcliffe Creek School made it possible for our sons, especially Stuart, to be successful in school.  We feel a great obligation to support Radcliffe.  It continues to be one of our top charities.


What would you tell someone else who is considering donating to Radcliffe?

Giving to Radcliffe is a fabulous investment in creating solid, productive citizens.


What has surprised you the most about Radcliffe?

The commitment and expertise of the school leadership and the teachers has always impressed us greatly. 


What do you wish other people knew about Radcliffe?

It’s a hidden gem.  Our family drove two hours every day for five years so our sons could get the education they needed.  The quality of the education is second to none.


What is the most important thing Radcliffe does?

It builds student’s confidence to take academic risk. 


What do you hope for the future of Radcliffe Creek School?

We have many hopes for Radcliffe, but one is that every family, past and present, will give as generously as they can to support the mission and work of the school.  


Allison Marriott


Can you tell us a little about your background?

I am 26 years old and living in Easton, Maryland. I finished the fifth grade at Country School and came to Radcliffe the following year, attending for three years. After Radcliffe, I went to Saint James School, a boarding school in Hagerstown, Maryland. After graduating from Saint James, I went to McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. I received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a double minor in psychology and forensic science, and a specialization in criminology. I finished college with honors. 


As an alumna, why do you feel it’s important to support Radcliffe Creek?

In simple terms, Radcliffe saved my life. I was a kid who struggled in school with grades and classmates. I was picked on and teased and came home most days crying. Radcliffe honestly changed all of that for me. I became more confident and I had friends, I was excited about school for the first time. I wanted to go to school every day. Before Radcliffe, I would fake being sick to get out of going to school. When I came to Radcliffe, I had to get up at 6 a.m. to catch the bus and some mornings my mom would come into my room and ask me if I was sick and didn’t want to go to school. My response was always, “I have to go to school.” I wanted to go to Radcliffe every day, I loved it there. 


What would you tell someone else who is considering donating to Radcliffe?

DO IT! Radcliffe is the kind of school that gives kids a chance. The teachers do more than teach, they believe in you, they inspire you, and they never give up on you. I know for a fact that my three years at Radcliffe allowed me to get to where I am today. I learned lessons there that have helped me throughout my life both in and out of school. 


What has surprised you the most about Radcliffe?

Every time I walk through those doors and walk around the halls I want to go back. I want to re-enroll, I want to take Discovery again. I want to walk into a room with blank walls and know that by the end of it those walls will be covered in all of the things I have learned. The school has kept the “magic.”  


What do you wish other people knew about Radcliffe?

It is worth it. It’s that simple, whether it is a long commute or a more expensive tuition or some other external struggle, it is worth it. There are children who need Radcliffe, I needed Radcliffe. 


What is the most important thing Radcliffe does?

It allows a child to believe in themselves and to know that they can do anything. They are smart and Radcliffe allows them to see that. Just because you don’t learn the way everyone else does doesn’t mean you are not smart or that you can’t achieve what others achieve. Radcliffe allows children and even some parents to see that.


What do you hope for the future of Radcliffe Creek School?

I hope that it can continue to give children what it gave me, a belief in myself. I hope that it will be around for years to come and I hope that it continues to show people that there are other options and just because your child learns differently doesn’t make them stupid or slow or wrong, they just need a guiding hand to show them the way. They just need the tools to learn their way. Radcliffe can do that. 


The Frankl Family

Current Family

Can you tell us a little about your family background and how you found Radcliffe Creek?

We live outside of Annapolis, in Crownsville, Maryland.  This makes us one of those lucky “Western Shore” families who found Radcliffe Creek School all they way over in Chestertown.  We have three children:  Luke, Grace, and JJ.  Luke and Grace are both rising third graders, and JJ is going into first grade. Luke is at RCS, while Grace and JJ go to Indian Creek School in Crownsville, although Luke is always trying to convert his siblings over to his beloved Radcliffe.  We found RCS via an educational consultant, Dr. Jane Snider, in the winter of 2014.  Luke started school there in February of that year, and has loved it ever since.  We are grateful to Dr. Snider for leading our family to Radcliffe.  It has changed our lives.


As a parent, why do you feel it’s important to support Radcliffe Creek?

Our family supports Radcliffe because we truly believe in what the school is doing.  Molly and her team are unfortunately rare. They care about the kids first, and they have a fighting attitude. “We will make this work.” That is when great things are accomplished…when people believe. RCS students have the ability to do many great things, and Molly and her team are putting them in the best position possible to do so. Protect them. Teach them. Strengthen them. Repeat…until they can stand on their own and be their own advocate in a challenging and quick to judge world.


What would you tell someone else who is considering donating to Radcliffe?

We believe the most important thing we can do as parents is to give our children the tools that they need to succeed, especially an education.  Any way that we can support the school, whether it be with our time, or our financial resources, contributes to this success.  Every bit helps to make our school stronger and therefore, our children stronger.  


What has surprised you the most about Radcliffe?

They are true to their word.  Because of our prior school experience, we kept thinking, “He will get hurt,” or, “He will get bullied,” or, “He will fall through the cracks.” Time and time again, Molly and the entire RCS team have proven to us that they will not let any of these things happen to their students. As parents with a child vulnerable to many things, we worry about what will happen when we are not there to protect. During our time at RCS, we have found ourselves able to trust and let go a little, and allow Radcliffe to do its work. This was not easy but it was crucial for Luke’s development. 


What do you wish other people knew about Radcliffe?

We do our best to make sure that everyone who we encounter knows about RCS.  We feel like we found a gem, and we want other parents with a child who is struggling in their current educational environment to know what is available to them. The distance from the Annapolis area to RCS is a small tradeoff for the benefits that a child can receive from Radcliffe - confidence, knowledge, and belief in oneself.  


What is the most important thing Radcliffe does?

We think the most important thing that RCS does is recognize the strengths of each child that comes to their school. They learn the reason behind children’s behaviors, whereas in many schools, educators do not see past the behaviors and judgment is passed quickly.  With love, patience, understanding and optimism, they build on each child’s unique gifts, and set out to give that child what that they need to flourish academically and socially. 


What do you hope for the future of Radcliffe Creek School?

We hope that RCS continues to grow and broaden its reach in our community to kids who could benefit from all that RCS has to offer. We want RCS teachers and specialists to have the resources that they need to continue to do the best job possible with the students.  We hope that more students who cannot afford to attend RCS have the opportunity to enroll with scholarship funds.  We hope that RCS continues to thrive and grow so that more children have the life-lasting benefits that a RCS education and experience brings them.