Seventeen years ago, Madame Briden joined Lincoln. Her journey began as a part time Lower School French teacher, moved on to a full time position teaching French in Middle School, and most recently taught Upper Schoolers Arabic. A native of Syria, Madame Briden began learning french in preschool and knew by the time she was in Grade 4 that she wanted to be a teacher.
Today, Mary T. Briden received the 2017 Dorothy W. Gifford Award in honor of her contribution to the World Language Department and the Lincoln community as a whole.
"The greatest gift that we could have in this world is a good education, and being taught by wonderful, caring, passionate teachers like Ms. Briden," said Suzanne Fogarty, head of school.
Holly Kindl, World Language Department Head, gave Madame Briden a warm introduction including a video from current and former students whose lives had been inexorably changed by Madame Briden's love of language.
"I have always loved hearing from my students from different places around the world, about their love of language and their contribution to other cultures. I'd like share a quote from Henry Adams: "Teachers affect eternity. No one can tell where their influence stops," said Madame Briden. "Lincoln School provides a great educational environment, where one experiences the true meaning and joy of being an educator. Thank you all and I am truly honored to accept the Dorothy W. Gifford Chair Award."
About the Dorothy W. Gifford Chair Award
Each year, a Lincoln School faculty member is nominated by his or her peers to be the recipient of this award. Given for excellence in teaching and service to the school after the fashion of Dorothy Gifford, the award honors dedication and willingness to exceed professional requirements in the life of the school. Dorothy came to Lincoln in 1926 as Head of the Science Department and taught here for 45 years. After her retirement, Dorothy continued to be deeply involved in the affairs of the school.