“I spent all of my middle school years at Four Winds. I deeply enjoyed this time, bonding with my peers and creating lasting relationships.” ~ August
August Santos, 2021
Northampton High School, 2025
Since graduating, I successfully transitioned from small Four Winds to Northampton High School, a large public high school in my hometown. Now, I’m involved in theater, working in my acting class, and performing in the school musical Mamma Mia. I’m also involved in SASH (Students Against Sexual Harassment), as a theater facilitator and co-communications director. Through this, I’m making plenty of new friends and reconnecting with old ones. In the first semester, I’ll finish with straight A’s in my new and much bigger classes. Four Winds helped shape this era of my life, introducing important time management skills that still help me today. (Updated: February 2022)
Since she graduated Four Winds, Jyn has won two blue ribbons at the virtual state fair, one for a quilt top and the other for a pair of knitted gauntlets.
Jyn Rankin, 2020
Four Rivers Public Charter School, 2024
She’s on the Greenfield Library’s Teen Advisory Council, helping to design the teen space for the new library. She just won a Young Peacemaker Award from the Franklin County Interfaith Council and the Traprock Peace Center for her work in Long Line, a local group that promotes social justice for girls that has teamed up with organizations in Syracuse, NY, and Sierra Leone to combat sexual harassment of girls in Sierra Leone schools. She’s also becoming a regular volunteer at the Fiber College Maine, and she participates in a number of online social groups, where she actively promotes inclusivity. She’s been homeschooled as a high school student all year and will spend the fall transitioning to GCC. Her hobbies are painting and drawing, reading and writing fiction, and fiber arts, principally knitting and sewing. (Text by Jyn’s mom, Sarah. June 2021)
“When you come to Four Winds, you don’t just come to a school. You come to a place where everyone is welcome, accepted, and loved for being themselves. The people that Four Winds has introduced me to have become some of my best friends. When you graduate Four Winds, that bond doesn’t lessen.” ~ Lydia
Lydia Helmstadter, 2019
Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, 2021
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2023
“Four Winds School is the best! It is small enough that you constantly get one-on-one time with the teacher, you go at your own pace for most of your work, everyone is really supportive, and there is no bullying. It is like one big family, mainly because it is such a tight-knit community.” ~ Tevah
Tevah Rose, 2018
Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2023
After Four Winds I attended the Williston Northampton School for a year before going on a journey of self discovery. That lasted a few years, in which I made a number of close friends and worked on bettering myself and my relationship with the world around me. After this I attended Bard College at Simons Rock, and am set to transfer for fall of 2023, graduating from the college I attend after in spring of 2025, with a dual degree in government and psychology. From there I hope to attend law school.
For now I am working hard at school, in addition to trying to stand up for what I believe in, and leave everywhere I go a little better than I found it.
(Updated: December 2021)
Fedya Michael, 2018
Greenfield High School, 2022
2023: Fedya is now a substitute teacher at Four Winds School!
Four Winds School alums Fedya Michael, Tevah Rose, and Lydia Helmstadter and their friends organized and put on a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest in August 2021.
“Four Winds allows students to thrive in a way that larger academic programs could only dream of. This is a school that feels academically enriching and emotionally safe for all students. The program allows gifted students to accelerate as fast as they’d like, while simultaneously supporting students who struggle academically by moving at a pace that doesn’t overwhelm them and lets them feel accomplished.” ~ Sage
Sage Kampitsis, 2014
Marlboro College, 2019
“My experience at Four Winds heavily influenced my decision to pursue teaching as a career. At Four Winds, I learned to see myself in a new way, as a learner and as a person. Before, I had always seen myself as “stupid” in certain areas, and Four Winds’ individualized approach put an end to that line of thinking! I hope to do the same for my future students.” ~ Lia
Lia Ashe-Simmer, 2009
UMass Amherst, 2018 and 2021
After Four Winds I went on to Northampton High School for two years before leaving to take classes at North Star and Greenfield Community College. After GCC, I had a series of adventures, including but not limited to: a year at a small college in Indiana, stamping books at a library, 8 months teaching in Nicaragua, briefly au pairing in Spain, working at a YMCA summer camp, working at an after-school program, and being a PCA for a woman with dementia. I eventually graduated from the University of Massachusetts in May 2018 with a degree in English and a specialization in creative writing. After gradation, I taught for a semester in the Chilean public schools, and then at a private school Ecuador for another four months. I then completed a Master’s program in Secondary Education at UMass and now work in the Holyoke Public School system. (Updated 2021)
Wes Mason, 2001
Northfield Mount Hermon, class of 2005
Wes graduated from UMass Amherst with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Classics and Political Science. He currently lives in Somerville, MA and works as an IT Manager at edX, a non-profit MOOC (massive open online courses) platform that partners with colleges, universities, and businesses from around the world to make high quality education available for everyone, everywhere. (Updated: 5/8/19)