As a school community with students ranging from ages 3 to 18, Wheeler works to connect all students to a common educational experience as often possible during the school year. Since 2006, an individual is brought to campus to share his or her extraordinary talents and passion for learning with the entire school and the community at large. During the Speaker's visit, students are able to attend special assemblies, lunch with the speaker or enjoy individual classroom visits. The series has been so well-received, that it in 2010 it was endowed as the Fox Family Speaker's Series by Wheeler alumni parents Lucy and James Fox, AP '03, '05

Past Fox Family Speakers

List of 12 items.

  • Farah Ahmedi

    The Afghan teen author and landmine victim whose inspirational visit debuted Wheeler's Nursery - Grade 12 speakers' series. Read about her here.
  • Nico Muhly '99

    Composer Nico Muhly '99, debuted an original work commissioned by Wheeler during his visit. He is the youngest composer ever commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and has received additional commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Library of Congress, and Wigmore Hall, among other institutions. Read more about him here.
  • Allison Argo '71

    Emmy-winning nature filmmaker, Allison Argo '71, premiered her documentary about horseshoe crabs as part of her campus visit. The founder of ArgoFilms, she is best known for her documentaries that focus on endangered wildlife and conservation. Visit her website here.
  • Dan Wood '85 & Amale Andraos

    Award-winning architects, Dan Wood '85 and Amale Andros of presented an evening talk for the public on their Urban Farm project and drew dog house designs with our youngest students!
  • Jody Adams '75

    Noted chef, author and philanthropist Jody Adams '75, creator of Rialto Restaurant in Cambridge, MA. brought her creative, globally-inspired cooking talents to the stage of Wheeler Memorial Hall involving students in a fun "top chef" cooking challenge as part of her visit.  An evening salon dinner with alumni and special guests raised donations for the RI Food Bank and featured a farm-to-table menu. Here's Adams' bio from her appearance on Top Chef!
  • Paula Nirschel

    Paula Nirschel, founder of the RI-based Initiative to Educate Afghan Women, presented a public talk: "The Transformative Role of Women’s EducationCourage, Culture And Country"
  • Sam Fox '05

    Wheeler/Yale track and field athlete Sam Fox '05 founded Run While You Can and gained national attention for his 2,650 solo journey to raise awareness for Parkinson's Disease Research as part of the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  You can read more about Sam's philanthropic work here.
  • Adrienne Gagnon '93

    Adrienne Gagnon ’93, co-founder of DownCity Design and recipient of the 2013 Rhode Island Foundation Innovation Fellowship brought a Design Thinking Challenge to the campus in 2014. Gagnon co-founded DownCity Design in 2009 to help people design and build solutions for their communities. Watch a video of her work with students on the Wheeler campus here.
  • Betsy West '69

    Betsy West '69, executive producer at Storyville Films and associate professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, earned 21 Emmy Awards and two Dupont-Columbia Awards. During her 2015 campus visit, West presented excerpts of the PBS MAKERS documentary -- for which she was executive producer -- and discussed her own experiences as a student at Wheeler during the beginnings of the women's movement. West is the co-director and co-producer of RBG, the acclaimed documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Dr. Jane Goodall

    Famed primatologist and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall enthralled the campus during her visit in school year 2015-16 as Fox Family Speaker.  Watch the video of her assembly here at Wheeler School Broadcasting.
  • "Winnie" and Dr. Stephanie Tellex

    Students eagerly welcomed our first "non-human" Fox Family Speaker when "Winnie," a Rethink Robotics Baxter robot from Brown University's Humans To Robots Laboratory joined Dr. Stefanie Tellex, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Assistant Professor of Engineering, in a campus visit in December 2016.  Watch the assembly video here at Wheeler School Broadcasting.
  • Chris Hensman '99

    Chris Hensman '99 returned to his alma mater as the first person of color to be chosen as a Fox Family Speaker in April 2018.  He returned to talk about his educational and career path since graduation.  Hensman is a former member of the U.S. Foreign Service and State Department, a committed community activist and public servant.  He spoke to the campus in his role as Program Officer for the Rebuild Texas Fund and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, seeking to rebuild the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Read a student interview with him below.
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2015-16 Fox Family Speaker — Dr. Jane Goodall

Campus Visit by Fox Family Speaker Chris Hensman '99

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The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.