Carl Sigmond

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My name is Carl Sigmond. I am currently the Operations Manager at The Woolman Semester School and Sierra Friends Center. Woolman is a Quaker educational center in the Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. We offer The Woolman Semester, a four-month semester program where high school juniors, seniors, and gap-year students incorporate issues of peace, justice, and sustainability into one semester of high school. Sierra Friends Center also runs a summer camp program for nine- to fourteen-year-olds, an eight- to twelve-month internship for recent college graduates (or those with equivalent life experience), and a large garden, Farm-to-Table program and CSA, and hosts Quaker and like-minded groups for retreats.

I attended the Spring 2009 Woolman Semester during my senior year of high school, and it changed my life. It is an honor for me to be back at Woolman and be giving back to a school and community that gave me so much. To read more about my experiences as a student at Woolman, click here.

In May, 2013, I graduated from Haverford College, a small liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Haverford, every student is required to complete a comprehensive senior thesis project. I majored in Computer Science, and for my senior thesis, I compared different forms of alphanumeric text input (human to computer) and analyzed them based on the user's physical abilities. I developed a framework for the implementation of a recommender system for selecting the most appropriate text input device for a given user based on that user's physical abilities. Click here to read my thesis.

In addition to my major, I developed an independent minor in Quaker Studies at Haverford. Through my course of study, I explored the relationship between Quaker faith and social action. Given our changing world and the growing prevalence of nonviolent direct action in the recent demands for a more just society, I view this study as critical to helping understand the role of faith in social movements. My studies also served to deepen my own knowledge of Quakerism, both for personal growth and as I continue to be a in Quaker youth communities.

I grew up in the Germantown and Mt. Airy sections of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and graduated in the 268th Class of Central High School. I started attending Germantown Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1994 and joined that Meeting in 2000. I now worship with the Grass Valley Friends Meeting, where I am a sojourning member.

In 2001 and 2002, I organized a successful neighborhood campaign to have the U.S. Postal Service reinstate a heavily-used mailbox across from Weavers' Way Co-op in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

This website contains information about my strengths, interests and hobbies, and more. I encourage you to check it out and learn about who I am. Please feel free to contact me if you want to be in touch.

Thank you for visiting my website and have a peaceful day.

Carl Sigmond

Copyright © 2003-2016 by Carl Sigmond. This site was last updated on: July 9, 2016.