Ditty Steele Bannon '99
I graduated from The Derryfield School in 1999 as a ‘lifer’ which, back then, meant I attended for six years. Those six years represent an invaluable time in my life. For me, attending Derryfield was an opportunity that greatly shaped who I am as a person.
Derryfield taught me to love learning. During those school years when a myriad of social pressures existed, I was able to be in a place where academic achievement was respected and valued. The atmosphere at Derryfield was one that allowed me to explore new academic, athletic, and leadership challenges in a tremendously positive environment.
Since Derryfield, I graduated from Middlebury College with a joint degree in Music and English. Following graduation, I traded the Green Mountains for the Rockies and moved to Colorado. Four months later, I returned to school to take science pre-requisites in order to apply to graduate school. Currently, I am working on my Master’s degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Physician’s Assistant Program. While my route to PA school was somewhat untraditional, the foundation I had from my education at Derryfield has sustained me throughout all the transitions. My decision to become a PA reflects values that were emphasized during those early years at Derryfield. Ultimately my job will allow me to lead a balanced life where I am challenged on a daily basis and also expected to be a life-long learner.
My ability to succeed in higher education and proceed with confidence is due to the foundation that the faculty, fellow students and administration at Derryfield helped me build. This sentiment is what keeps me giving to the annual fund each year and eventually led me to include Derryfield in my estate planning. Including Derryfield in my will helps the School in the long term, and also helps me extend gratitude in a more permanent way for all that it has given to me.