Hindsight is 2020: A Communications Director’s Candid Perspective | Megan Gray | 12 Min Read

A Special Note (1/06/2021): Over the course of winter break, I wrote this blog about the challenges of keeping a school open during the pandemic, firmly believing that with some time away from campus to reflect on the year so far — more specifically, on the need to continue supporting each other through the next wave of the pandemic by “holding” one another — it would help me and others feel more connected and hopeful about the new year and new semester. I could have never anticipated that five days after we shared this blog, our community would suffer an indescribable loss with the tragic passing on New Year’s Day of a bright, vivacious Dawson eighth-grade student. 

This blog uses tidal waves as a metaphor for the challenges that the pandemic has wrought; this was a different tidal wave to hit our campus and unlike all the processes and protocols we put in place to control some of the effects of the pandemic, there is simply no way to prepare for the loss of a life. Over and over, the sorrow and disbelief continue to slam into each Dawson student, family, faculty, and staff member who knew…

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Megan Gray

Megan Gray is the Chief Communications Officer for The Alexander Dawson School in Las Vegas, NV, where she has worked for more than a decade. Megan, who is a product of the overcrowded Southern California public school system, has developed a deep appreciation for the power and purpose of an independent school education. She is a graduate of the University of Calfornia, Los Angeles, and her career reflects her wide range of interests and experience, as well as the adaptability of a liberal arts education. Before putting down roots at Dawson, Megan worked in communications at Lesley University, as a content creator for the New York Times Digital Company, as a grant writer for The Harvard Museum of Natural History, and as an independent grant writing consultant. At The Alexander Dawson School, Megan is a member of the Head's Council leadership team and oversees all marketing and communications efforts for the School's Advancement Office, and she has won awards for her photography, writing, and magazine design. This is the first time her writing has been featured in a publication for innovative independent school education.