Lucy Gent Foma, MA
- Santa Fe Girls’ School Class of 2001
- Bachelor of Arts, Smith College
- Masters of Arts, Cornell (Regional Planning)
- City and Regional Planner, Santa Fe County
“I followed Ms. Lewin when she went from being my fifth and sixth grade teacher at Atalaya to starting the Girls’ School. I was lucky to have her as my teacher for four years! When I think back to the root of my deep concern about Mother Earth, social justice, and my inspiration to make the world a better place, I think Ms. Lewin instilled and reinforced many of the values I carry today. I am now a City and Regional Planner by profession, and even though we never learned about planning in such terms, Ms. Lewin was one of the first people to bring my awareness to our built environment and its impact on the climate. I feel fortunate that Ms. Lewin planted the seeds of environmentalism, scientific advancement and communication into our awareness.
I felt that being in a girls’ environment helped foster vulnerability and genuine connection. As the first class of the Girls’ School, it was just about ten of us in the whole school. My friends and I explored new-found skills in confident debating, honest questioning, and new-found interests in boys. We were teeter-tottering between our childish girl personas and our growth into womanhood.
I think that the Girls’ School helped reinforce the foundation that my parents provided for me to care about the world, care about my community, and care about my friends and family. I think that once we have the knowledge of our interconnectedness, we have a purpose.”