Donor Profiles

Unknown.jpegSuzanne Fuchs and Alex Tannenbaum '99, P '30

“Maddie loves Meadowbrook, and she’ll be the first to tell you that.”

When the Tannenbaums went around the table at Thanksgiving listing all the things for which they were thankful, their young daughter, Madeleine, smiled and, without missing a beat, declared, “I am thankful for school.”

Madeleine is in junior kindergarten, and her list of what she loves about school is long: her teachers, her new friends, P.E., technology class, the virtual after school program. Suzanne notes, “Meadowbrook has exceeded our expectations, even in a post-COVID world. Somehow, even distanced and masked, Maddie has never been happier. Her teachers are phenomenal, and it is clear they really get Maddie.”

Alex adds, “When I became a parent, I knew without hesitation that I wanted Maddie to benefit from the same education and community that shaped me. When I returned to tour the school last year, I was blown away with the warmth of the community, the commitment to education and childhood, and the spirit that hasn’t changed in all of these years. Suzanne and I will continue to be involved to give Maddie and all of the other Meadowbrook children the same opportunities that I was given.”

 

Audrey and Mark Schuster P’04 and ’10 

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“There’s a magic here that I haven’t felt at any other school.”

Two of the Schusters’ children attended Meadowbrook—Nikki graduated in 2003, and John was in the class of 2010. To both of them, Meadowbrook was home.

“They’re very different from each other—we’re all very different—and we all felt that Meadowbrook was home,” says Audrey. “The personal relationships between teachers and students and families went far beyond a job description.”

Audrey recalls how much she enjoyed volunteering for the sixth grade musical when Nikki was in it, and how excited Nikki was to cut the ribbon for the new Middle School building. She says that when John left, he wrote a beautiful goodbye letter to the school. 

Nikki went to the University of Miami and joined the family real estate business, where she is a senior product manager. She is also working toward her MBA at Babson. John played football for Georgetown University and is now an analyst with JPMorgan Chase & Co.in New York City.

“I want to help Meadowbrook continue to have the best for its students,” explains Audrey. “I want the teachers to feel honored for honoring our children. And I want to help create a community of more diversity and allow more students to experience the magic here.”

 

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Rupinder Rajpal and Shashi Barnia P’28

“The teachers are the real heroes for us—they come in every day to shape the future of our kids and offer a selfless service.”

Abir is a first grader in his second year at Meadowbrook. His parents were impressed with how busy and engaged he was last year, even during lockdown, and how much he has grown. “Every day when I pick him up, he is so excited and is learning so much. It’s just beautiful,” says Rupinder. 

“We were looking for a school that believed every child has unlimited potential, as well as an inclusive community that would shape our son into a responsible global citizen,” she continues. “Meadowbrook has met—and exceeded—all our expectations. And during this time, we truly appreciate the teachers who are providing this phenomenal education in person. Supporting them through the annual fund is the least we can do.” 

“Meadowbrook teachers are passionate about teaching, and state-of-the-art facilities and extensive professional development opportunities allow them to do what they do so well. They nurture each child’s character and guide each child’s journey in the pursuit of excellence.”

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Deirdre Dunn ’89

“The quality of the education—the level to which the faculty could personalize it to help students realize their potential—was incredible.”

Deirdre says she still remembers the books she read for class, the exciting projects, the advanced topics of her reports—and, above all, her teachers.

“At such a foundational age, they instilled an intellectual curiosity paired with empathy,” she explains. “I felt challenged, and in such a way that when I succeeded, I felt really proud of myself. And when I didn’t do so well, I gained resilience from that. Knowing you can fail gives you quite a bit of freedom.”

Deirdre’s curiosity and resilience served her well as she earned her bachelor’s in chemical engineering from MIT and later went into a career in finance. She is now co-head of global rates at Citi, and the mother of three. 

She has given to Meadowbrook nearly every year since she graduated.“I give to all of my alma maters because the excellent education I’ve had was so fundamental to everything I’ve been able to do. I’m not sure it would have been possible without the financial aid I received over the course of my education. I want to pay it forward.”