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Theme: Big Ideas

This event occurred on
May 15, 2013
8:30am - 12:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Columbus, OH
United States

The event, under the name TEDxWellingtonSchool, will be held on May 15th from 8:30- 12:30, and will feature students, faculty, alumni and other people from the Wellington community as speakers. The theme of the event is “Big Ideas,” and the speeches will revolve around that theme. The event will be open to any alumni, parents, or faculty from the Wellington Community.

The Wellington School
3650 Reed Road
Columbus, OH, 43220
United States
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Kelly Zavotka

Kelly Zavotka is an Upper School English Teacher at The Wellington School. She is in love with new experiences, both real and imagined. She loves teaching not only because she has long vacations in the summer for travel, but because teachers are encouraged to be growth-minded, curious people, and because she is able to share her passions with other people who are curious and excited about the world.

Erin O'Neil

Erin O'Neil is a senior in high school and has been involved in the theatre since 7th grade. She has been singing and dancing since she was three, and considers theatre to be a highly important part of her life. Erin was inducted into the Thespian Society during her Junior year, and looks forward to continuing her theatrical career at Butler University next fall. Theatre has changed her life, and she will never forget the impact that it and the people involved has made in her life.

Kellen Posacki

Kellen Posacki is thirteen years old, and he is an eighth grade student at Wellington. He was born in Texas, and he has lived in Port Perry, Canada, Greensboro, North Carolina, and, now, Dublin, Ohio. He loves to play sports, especially lacrosse and skiing, and also enjoys spending time in the outdoors, playing piano and reading espionage novels. Kellen has a twin brother, who also enjoys playing sports.

Nancy Kramer

As Founder and CEO of Resource Interactive, Nancy Kramer has built the organization into an award-winning, nationally recognized digital marketing company. An early leader in digital marketing and an honored top small workplace by The Wall Street Journal, Resource celebrates its 28th year as a business in 2009. The firm’s client base contains some of the world’s most respected and recognized brands including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, The CocaCola Company and L.L. Bean. The firm also works with several of Ohio’s most prominent companies, including Procter & Gamble, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Wendy’s, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Sherwin-Williams.

Dawning Welliver

Dawning Welliver, a junior at the Wellington School, first started playing the violin when she was four years old. Born into a very musical family, her journey of learning and loving music has been encouraged and inspired by her family from a young age. Currently, she studies with both Leonid Polonsky in Columbus and Kurt Sassmannshaus in Cincinnati. Her previous instructors include Leah Kim and Connie Heim Stambaugh. She has been with the Chamber Music Connection in Columbus for a year and has always been an avid chamber musician, participating in the Illinois Wesleyan University music festival and the summer camp at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Through the Chamber Music Connection, she performs as the first violinist with Quatuor Alliance, a string quartet that received Honorable Mention at the Chicago Discover National Chamber Music Competition and is headed this spring to the finals of the Saint Paul National String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has been a member of the Philadelphia Sinfonia and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, with whom she did a concert tour of the Czech Republic and Austria in 2012. This summer, Dawning plans to travel with Professor Sassmannshaus to the Great Wall International Music Academy in Beijing. She has also worked with members of both the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, the Pacifica, Saint Lawrence, Ariel and Cavani string quartets, the Trio Cavatina, David Finckel, Peter Salaff, Hilary Hahn, and Vadim Gluzman. Dawning is also passionate about world cultures and languages and hopes to one day combine her loves of music and the world.

Rob Brisk

Robert D. Brisk is Head of The Wellington School. He assumed the position in July 2007, following a national search and the unanimous endorsement of the Board of Trustees. His credits include nationally recognized curricular innovations, faculty professional development initiatives, successful capital campaigns, and master and strategic plans. Mr. Brisk came to Wellington from Oregon Episcopal School (OES), a PreK to 12 day and residential school in Portland, Oregon. In his eight years there he has served as Acting Head of School, Associate Head of School, and Head of the Upper School. Prior to OES, he spent 19 years at Dwight-Englewood School in New Jersey, his alma mater. During that time he was Upper School head; Middle School grade level advisor; and teacher of Latin, history, and ethics. He launched a curriculum reform at Dwight-Englewood School that led to the school’s much-lauded Senior Focus Program. Mr. Brisk earned an A.B. in Classics from Princeton University and his M.Ed. from Harvard University. He and his wife, Monica Mahoney, are the parents of two Wellington students – Billy (7th grade) and Ben (5th grade).

Em Hammett

Em Hammett is a junior at the Wellington School, where she has completed 12.88 years of schooling (kindergarten through most of 11th grade). A Columbus area native, she enjoys Ohio’s mercurial weather and avoids the city-wide Buckeye Fandom. In her free time, Em likes to play softball, cello, and participate in various theater endeavors. She has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up, but she would really like to do something that involves French, writing, and/or maybe even teaching.

Gabrielle Ragusa

Gabrielle has attended The Wellington School since fifth grade. She will be attending Xavier University next year and majoring in Business and Environmental Science. She has been an active member of the Community Service Board, and enjoys painting, reading and travelling. Her favorite quote is, "Not all those who wander are lost" - anonymous.

Evan Kozliner

Evan Kozliner is a senior at The Wellington School. For the last year he's been enrolled in Wellington's senior focus course, which has given him an opportunity to independently study the design and business techniques that have made recent digital technologies like the iPhone as successful as they are today. Outside of school he enjoys travel and participating in the Wellington robotics team. Next year he will continue exploring his interest by attending The University of Cincinnati's computer engineering program.

Pete Kaser

Pete Kaser is an alumnus of The Wellington School.  He graduated in 1996., and then went on to Ohio State University and received his Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Development.  He returned to Wellington to teach.  He has been teaching for 11 years.  He is working on my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development at Ashland University.  He currently teaches the Little Jags program which is our 3 year old program.

Leah Buckingham

Leah Buckingham is a senior and lifer at the Wellington school. She plays lacrosse, swims and is a member of college counseling, spirit club, swat club and community service board. Leah is attending university of Kentucky is the fall of 2013 and plans of double majoring in business and psychology.

Organizing team


Columbus, OH, United States


Columbus, OH, United States
  • Laura Cooke