Recent Appointments

The Town School Names New Head of Upper School

February, 2019The Town School in New York, NY, has announced that Carol Seeley will be the next Head of Upper School. Carol is currently Head of the Middle School at Poly Prep Country Day School, where she is a member of the senior administrative team, partnering closely with school leadership and teachers in serving strategic goals and day-to-day operations. Prior to her current position, Carol served as Poly’s Dean of 7th and 8th grade students, working closely with the student support team, supervising the advisory program, and managing the application process for students applying out for high school. Carol has also taught middle-school math at the Park School in Brookline, MA, Columbia Grammar and Prep, and at Poly Prep. She is a graduate of the Groton School, and earned her BA in Sociology-based Human Relations from Connecticut College.

Founded in 1913, Town is an independent coeducational day school serving approximately 400 children from age 3 to grade 8. A warm, inclusive, diverse, and values-centered school community, Town is dedicated to academic excellence, joy, nurture, innovation, and character development. For more than a century, Town has blended tradition and innovation to provide young students with an engaging educational experience that promotes creativity, curiosity, and healthy risk taking. Its challenging academic program and supportive environment prepare students to thrive as confident learners and involved citizens in high school and beyond.

French-American School of New York Announces Next Head of School

Francis Gianni PhotoFebruary, 2019The French-American School of New York has named Francis Gianni as its next Head of School. Since 2014, Francis has led the International School of Monaco. Previously, he led the Lille campus of the École Jeannine Manuel, a UNESCO-affiliated school that is considered one of the most competitive bilingual schools in France. Prior to that, Francis was  Head of School at École La Source «École Nouvelle à Vocation Internationale»  and simultaneously served as the President of the Association Française des Écoles à Vocation Internationale (AFEVI). In addition to his experience leading schools and organizations, Francis has taught philosophy in several secondary schools and universities in and around Paris and at Arizona State University. Francis graduated with a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in philosophy from the Sorbonne, and in 1995, he ranked second in the prestigious Agrégation de Philosophie. He earned an M.B.A. with a focus on global management from the University of Phoenix in Arizona.

Since its founding in 1980 with 17 preschool students in a single classroom, the French-American School of New York (FASNY) has catered to families seeking an immersive bilingual and multicultural experience for their children. Today, the school offers a sophisticated international education to approximately 800 students from nursery through grade 12. The school offers the best of the French and American educational systems: Students enjoy the rigorous, analytical challenges of a French curriculum while they benefit from the flexible, creative, student-centered approach common in American independent schools.


Chadwick School Appoints Village School Director

Dorothy HutchesonFebruary, 2019Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, has announced that Interim Village School Director Dorothy Hutcheson will become Director of the Village School, effective July 1, 2019. Dorothy brings to Chadwick more than 30 years of experience in a number of leadership roles in independent schools, including Head of School, Assistant Head of School, College Counselor, and Dean of Students. For 20 years, Dorothy was Head of School at Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City. She also was the founding Head of School of The Greene School in West Palm Beach, Florida. A highly regarded leader in independent education, she has served on numerous educational boards, including the National Association of Independent Schools, the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Education at Teachers College and the New York State Association of Independent Schools. Dorothy holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a Master of Science in Education degree in school counseling from Duquesne University, and an A.B., magna cum laude, in religion and English from Duke University.

Chadwick School is an independent, K-12, coeducational day school dedicated to developing global citizens with keen minds, exemplary character, self-knowledge and the ability to lead. Located on a beautiful, 45-acre hilltop campus on the scenic Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Chadwick enrolls 860 students from more than 50 Southern California communities. The school was founded in 1935 by visionary educator Margaret Lee Chadwick.


Spence School Names English and World Literature Department Head

Sarah BeasleyFebruary, 2019The Spence School in New York, NY, has named Sara Beasley as the new Head of the English and World Literature Department. Sara is currently in her 12th year at Spence teaching Middle and Upper School English and World Literature. She also served as Dean for the Ninth and Tenth Grades. She came to Spence from Taft, where she was the Associate Director of College Counseling, a Grade Level Dean, and an English teacher. Sara holds an A.B. from Davidson College and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Founded by Clara B. Spence in 1892, The Spence School is an independent, college preparatory day school serving 752 girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Ranking among the nation’s pre-eminent schools for girls, Spence is committed to high academic standards, integrity, a diverse student body, and a purpose larger than oneself. Spence’s vibrant canvas of teaching and learning is inspired by the words of Clara Spence, who described learning as an “intellectual and moral adventure.” The talented faculty embraces the challenge of preparing Spence’s able students to thrive as engaged citizens with purpose, passion, and perspective.