"Do something that might break your heart..."

October 1, 2013

The Rev. Maryetta M. Anschutz ’93 told the Madeira community a powerful story of how a singular experience she had during her sophomore Co-Curriculum placement shaped her life at the All School Meeting on September 20, 2013.

She closed her moving address to students with four takeaways: do not focus on yourself; learn to give; “do something in your life where you’re willing to break your heart (because it just might mend it in the end); and value your time at Madeira.

The Rev. Maryetta M. Anschutz is the founder of The Episcopal School of Los Angeles and an Episcopal priest. ESLA is start-up urban school in the heart of Los Angeles serving students from the 6th to the 12th grade focused on public service, a diverse student body and a rigorous academic program. Before moving to California, she was the Associate Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale where she launched the Educational Leadership Project designed to recruit, train and place graduate students in secondary schools as teachers, chaplains and administrators. This program was designed to refocus Yale graduates and secondary schools on the opportunities for service within an academic community as well expose young people to opportunities for service in their communities of faith, the nation and the world. Maryetta has been an ordained priest for 10 years and worked in schools and parishes. Before ordination, Maryetta worked for The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a political/military think tank in Washington, D.C.  She moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to work on the staff of All Saints’ in Beverly Hills where she continues to attend. Maryetta served on the Children’s Mission of New Haven, is a published writer and continues to preach in parishes around the City of Los Angeles and nationwide. She is a graduate of The Madeira School, The University of the South and Yale University. She also serves on Madeira's Board of Directors.


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