Honoring Roberta E.C. Tenney

St. Paul's School dedicates new faculty housing complex

New faculty housing will be dedicated on Saturday, October 1, in honor of former faculty member Roberta E. C. Tenney. The four new units will replace the outdated 100-year-old Hill Farm duplex on Dunbarton Road with a structure that meets modern day standards.
Tenney, a history teacher, coach, college admissions adviser, dean of faculty, and vice rector was an active member of the School community from 1970 until 1996. She most recently served as administrator of the State Department of Education’s Bureau of School Standards and also vice chair of the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees. Tenney, a Concord resident, and her husband Rod will be present for the dedication.
The complex provides more housing options for the School’s faculty members and their increasingly diverse families. Boston-based architect Bruce Wood of KMW Architecture, designed the four-unit building, and Concord native, general contractor Joe Spain of JH Spain Commercial Services, led local craftspersons in the construction of the environmentally conscious structure. The building is constructed of durable, low-maintenance materials and is super insulated and sealed for energy efficiency. High-efficiency gas furnaces heat two units, while all-climate air source heat pumps service the other two. The all-climate air source heat pump is a new technology for SPS and is part of the School’s focus on using new technology to make its buildings both more energy efficient and comfortable and healthier for occupants. In keeping with the rural aesthetic of St. Paul’s School grounds, the building maintains a New England farmhouse exterior, with patios to the back of the structure looking out on the fields and existing barns.
The dedication reflects Tenney’s deep roots within the School and state educational community. Tenney’s husband Rod is a graduate of the School’s Advanced Studies Program (ASP), and both of their children Katie ’97 and Tavis ’99 are alumni of SPS.
The New Hampshire Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development honored Tenney in 2015 for her outstanding educational leadership. "She is an articulate and outspoken advocate for innovation and has worked tirelessly to support professional development that inspires excellence in teaching, learning, and leading," association officials wrote in announcing the award. "She has been deeply involved with high school re-design work, next generation learning, extended learning opportunities, and the development of more engaging 21st Century schools that nurture and support 'the whole child.'"
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