Blair Connection

A frontrunner with a foil

By Shifra Dayak | Nov. 22, 2018, 12:54 a.m.

Fencer Justin Haddad uses his years of fencing experience to create positive change


From Vietnam to ESOL to Honors English

By Alex Russ | Oct. 28, 2018, 11:10 p.m. | In Humans of Blair »

Long Lam immigrated from Vietnam and had to adjust to school in the United States


The Kennedy Center's star

By Absa Fall | Oct. 15, 2018, 8:19 a.m.

Valentina Simon performed the Nutcracker Ballet


Time well spent

By Nene Narh-Mensah | Oct. 15, 2018, 8:14 a.m. | In Teacher Feature »

A retiring staff member looks back at her time at Blair


Passion, purpose and acceptance

By Reethi Padmanabhan | Oct. 10, 2018, 8:34 a.m.

"I always tell people; be yourself. Anything else is uncivilized."


Teacher Feature

After 19 years, Leigh Tinsley returns to Blair

By Emmy Song | Sept. 27, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

"When you teach writing, you get to see kids grow and come into their own voices, and there's something really validating about that. They are going to fight for what they believe in and I love giving them the tools to be able to do that in the world."


Davina Ramos arrives at Blair, the intersection of cultural crossroads

By Emmy Song | Sept. 27, 2018, 6:11 p.m.

"As a bilingual and bicultural teen, there were times that I felt that I didn’t fit in. It was as if I had one foot in each country."


A Lively performance

By Eric Feigen | Nov. 30, 2017, 8:01 a.m.

Engaging high students is one of a teacher's greatest challenges. Robin Lively, the latest addition to the Blair math department, uses acrobatics as way to motivate her class and foster good study habits in and out of school. If all of her students receive a least C on a major assignment, Lively performs a cartwheel as a reward for the class' hard work.


Woodward, Marta

By Abir Muhuri | March 15, 2015, 11:03 a.m.

Marta Woodward is sure to brighten up your day. She has an infectious smile and wears colorful headbands. Whether teaching biology, singing for her choir or simply being herself, Marta Woodward keeps with her a treasure chest of wisdom and diversity.


Taking center stage

By Zewde Ingram | Dec. 29, 2014, 2:04 p.m.

Kelly O'Connor, who has taught at Blair since 1997, is a passionate thespian who has enthusiastically embraced the role as director of Montgomery Blair's school plays and musicals.


Humans of Blair

A passion for fashion

By Absa Fall | Oct. 20, 2017, 1:36 p.m.

"When I was five I wanted to be a fashion designer, but that changed when I came to America. I want to study astronomy and be an astronomer but I am thinking of getting a minor in fashion design."


Du Cameroun aux Etats-Unis

By Ellie Williams | March 28, 2017, 1:04 p.m.

"Au début j'avais honte de mon accent, mais maintenant je trouve que c'est un avantage de pouvoir communiquer avec des différentes parties du monde."


Humans of Blair: A balance of passions

By Randima Herath | Jan. 6, 2016, 1:51 p.m.

Isabel Hernandez-Cata, the choral and general music teacher at Blair, grew up with music-loving parents who come from different cultural backgrounds. As a result, Hernandez-Cata has devoted almost all of her life to music and teaching.


Humans of Blair: Caring and committed

By Eleanor Linafelt | Nov. 22, 2014, 5:41 p.m.

Senior Savitri Singh has wanted to become a doctor since she was four years old. Unlike the childhood career fantasies of many, Singh's dream has not left her as she has grown older.


Friends, Soccer—and Swish!

By Nicholas Shereikis | Nov. 5, 2014, 1:20 p.m.

In 2012, Okombi escaped war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo to the U.S. with his family. He enrolled at Blair the summer after, immediately joining the inter-school summer soccer league.