Harbor Day School
Exemplary Service - Spotlight on Maggie Sonenshine
HDS eighth grader Maggie Sonenshine takes the character pillars of Caring and Citizenship to heart. While some students find it challenging to complete their eighth grade service learning hours, Maggie logs much more than the required 15 hours. Maggie has been involved with the program Human Options since before she can remember. Human Options is an organization in Irvine that serves victims of domestic violence. Their mission states, “Human Options provides safe haven and life changing programs to help abused women, their children and families rebuild their lives – and works with the community to break the cycle of domestic violence.”
Maggie began giving back to the program at the young age of 2 by donating some of her birthday presents to children in need, and donated proceeds from lemonade stand sales as she got older. This isn’t something Maggie has done on her own. She joins her entire family, including her grandparents Sheila and Ygal Sonenshine, in supporting the organization. She is trained to work in the children’s program and assists in classes for toddlers and young children. Maggie benefitted the children even more during Halloween time when she hosted a Halloween costume drive at Harbor Day which allowed for children who may not get a chance to celebrate Halloween to truly enjoy it. Thanks to the students and families who donated, the drive was such a success that her younger sister, Sarah, will host it next school year when Maggie has graduated.
Maggie uses her art skills that she gained here at Harbor Day at Human Options. She especially likes volunteering for their therapeutic art program called “A Window Between Worlds”. She says, “it’s really cool to be part of working with the kids and helping them.” This experience has greatly impacted her, and she has learned that “it’s really important to educate about domestic violence and for people to know there are places like Human Options which can help.” After she graduates from Harbor Day, she will be continuing her education at The Thacher School so she will not be local to volunteer, but she plans to continue her work at Human Options when she can. We are proud to have students like Maggie who use their talents and skills learned here for such important causes.
Date: April 16, 2016 Contact: Noelle Becker
Director of Communications
Angi Evans Named Head of School at Harbor Day School
CORONA DEL MAR, CA –It is with great excitement that Harbor Day School’s Board of
Trustees has named Angi Evans (’75) Head of School. Unanimously approved by the
Board of Trustees, Angi Evans received universal praise from all constituent groups
according to the firm handling the search, Carney, Sandoe & Associates. Mrs. Evans has
been serving as the Interim Head of School since July 1, 2015 and has an impressive
history with the School. She graduated from Harbor Day in 1975, taught Fourth Grade and
Kindergarten from 1989-1995, acted as a room parent and member of the Parent Council,
and served on the Board of Trustees for seven years, including two years as board
Having Mrs. Evans as Interim Head of School has allowed many HDS community members
to get to know her and trust her leadership. President of the Board of Trustees Polly
Ueberroth explains, “The Board of Trustees has been impressed with Mrs. Evans'
leadership skills and passion for Harbor Day School, and voted unanimously to offer her
the position. Rarely does a school find a leader who meets all the criteria identified as
important for our next Head of School and one who embodies the school's culture and
mission. These things, as well as her lifelong connection to HDS and her deep roots in the
surrounding communities, made Mrs. Evans stand out as our ideal next Head of School.
This is a very exciting time for our school, and our future could not look more bright under
Mrs. Evans’s leadership."
After graduating from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Business
Administration, Mrs. Evans moved to Washington, D.C. to work at the U.S. Department of
Commerce. She later worked in the real estate industry in Southern California before
returning to school to study education. She earned her M.Ed. in Education from the
University of California, Los Angeles before she began teaching at Harbor Day School.
Mrs. Evans and her husband Pete have two children, Sally, a junior at New York University,
and Charlie, a freshman at the University of Southern California. As a family, they enjoy
traveling and skiing. Mrs. Evans also loves spending time with her golden retrievers,
reading, and hiking. “I find it hard to express the excitement and honor that I feel in
accepting the position as permanent Head of School at Harbor Day School. My passion for
the mission and people of Harbor Day School runs deep and fuels my commitment to serve
this school with all the skill and energy that I can muster,” exclaims Mrs. Evans.
Read the Board of Trustees announcement here.
Harbor Day School is an independent, co-educational school for kindergarten through eighth grade
that provides an academically challenging, well-balanced education in a nurturing, family-centered
environment. Our traditional, yet innovative, curriculum develops eager, confident learners who think
creatively and work collaboratively. Developing self-reliance, building strong moral character, and
encouraging social responsibility are hallmarks of a Harbor Day education. Harbor Day School is
located at 3443 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar, CA 92625.