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Raven Tarpley Earns Devanny Award

Monday, July 13, 2020

Raven Tarpley joined the Heathwood faculty in 2000, and as the School Chaplain for the last 19 years, she has left an indelible mark on the spirit and soul of her colleagues, our students, and Heathwood Hall. 

Raven attended Heathwood Hall through sixth grade -- the terminal grade at that time -- in The Mansion, which was previously located in the Heathwood neighborhood of Columbia.  After attending Hand Middle School and Dreher High School, she went on to earn an English degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Since arriving on this campus 20 years ago, in addition to her duties as the School Chaplain, Raven has taught religion classes in the Middle School and the Upper School, and, with weekly chapel in all four divisions – Early Childhood and the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools – she presides over close to 100 chapel service a year. 

No one tells a story quite like Raven, and her ability to connect with students of all ages and stages through her chapel sermons will remain her lasting legacy for generations. 

In addition to being the spiritual leader of the school and providing support to students and faculty colleagues, Raven has also offered a prayer at all faculty/staff and numerous divisions meetings, and she possesses an uncanny knack for capturing the struggles, successes, and hurdles facing her colleagues, Heathwood and the greater world. 

"Raven's blessings and prayers always provided me with a sense or strength, resilience, and communal connection," said head of School Chris Hinchey.  "I am grateful to work at an Episcopal School and Raven’s work strengthened the fabric of our diverse and shared faith."

Raven also organized convocation, oversaw the organization and execution of commencement, managed services of remembrances, baccalaureates, wedding, the opening and closing faculty/staff chapel services and prayers and blessing for graduates and Heathwood families. 

Raven has also travelled extensively through Heathwood’s Winterim with students and utilized those experiences to create context to the lessons in the Gospel via her trips to Haiti, Costa Rica (2), Guatemala, Italy (4), Germany (3), Belgium, and Japan.  Raven’s departure will leave an enormous void in the school and we are excited for the next part of her journey.