The Special Event: Dear Jim

Thank you to all of the Oakwood families, friends, faculty and staff who helped celebrate Jim's 40 years of remarkable leadership at an unforgettable event that brought together the Oakwood community. Dear Jim was a fun and fitting tribute to an educator who has embodied Oakwood’s highest values and greatest beliefs. The hosts Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott were incredibly funny and entertaining! 

Thank you to our Special Event Board Co-Chairs Marta Kauffman and Monifa Sims, the Auction & Event Chair, Donielle Levine and the entire auction committee. 

We also would like to thank the Oakwood Family Album Co-Chairs Jen Lichtman and Mark Roybal.

A special thank you to all the Special Event Production Team, Program Writers, Cast, Production Crew, Tribute Reel Editors, Tribute Film Crew, Special Event Promo Video Crew videos and more for Dear Jim

Brandi Carlile

We were honored to have Grammy award-winning musician Brandi Carlile as our featured entertainer for the evening and enjoyed her duos with Oakwood alum Greg Kurstin '87.

This community call to action could not happen without our volunteers and we are grateful for the time and effort of Oakwood parents, past and present, who continue to participate in our annual event. 

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2020 Special Event, please contact Andrea Falconer at   

The James Alan Astman Endowment for Teaching & Learning

The James Alan Astman Endowment for Teaching and Learning has been established to honor Oakwood's revered Headmaster of 40 years and to sustain Jim’s influence on his colleagues’ professional growth and development...READ MORE ABOUT THE ENDOWMENT

To mark the launch of the Astman Endowment, we asked Oakwood educators to share how their growth has directly impacted students in the classroom.

Denise Ross for Teaching & Learning
Watch the For Teaching & Learning video series here.



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