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Harriet Tubman Charter School Appoints Shastity Driscoll as Founding Head

ShastityDriscollJune 2019 — Harriet Tubman School of Science and Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, has named Dr. Shastity Driscoll its first Head of School. Dr. Driscoll served most recently as the Lead Middle School Education Director at Epiphany Prep Charter School in San Diego. An Atlanta native and a Teach for America alumna, Dr. Driscoll previously worked as the Principal Director of the Navy Child and Youth Development Program and Director of the All Souls’ Episcopal Church Children’s Program in Okinawa, Japan. She holds a B.A. from Oral Roberts University, an M.S. from Arkansas State University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.

Opening in August 2019, Harriet Tubman School of Science and Technology will use a data-driven model to create student academic success and build lifelong career skills in technology and computer science for educationally disadvantaged students. Initially serving 200 students in kindergarten through third grade, the school plans to grow to 300 students in grades K through 5 by 2021.

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School Appoints Carrie Salvatore as Director of Admissions

Carrie SalvatoreMay 2019 — Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School has named Carrie Salvatore as the next Director of Admissions. Currently Director of Admission at Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, MA, Carrie previously spent ten years as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at King Low Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, CT. Prior positions include Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Marketing and Communication at The Ethel Walker School and Associate Director of Admission at The Brunswick School. Carrie holds a BA in Psychology from Skidmore College and an MA in Teaching from Manhattanville College.

Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to nearly 1,300 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Suited to an academically diverse group of students — ranging from the highest achievers to those needing meaningful learning support — CGPS provides a balanced, caring educational experience. Rigorous yet relaxed, CGPS seeks to inspire students in an atmosphere that is intentionally cooperative rather than intensely competitive.

Philip Cox to become Middle School Head at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey

Phil CoxMay 2019 — The Elisabeth Morrow School has announced that Philip Cox will be the next Middle School Head.  Phil began is career in independent schools as Associate Director of Development and Director of Admission at Greenhill School in Dallas, and he returned to the school in 2000 as Assistant Head of Middle School. Since his time in Texas, Philip has taught History and English at St. Luke’s School and Montclair Kimberley Academy, was Director of Enrollment Management at Rippowam Cisqua School, and served as Middle School Director at The Pingry School for over a decade. Phil received a B.A. in History from Bucknell University and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia.

Founded in 1930 by Constance Chilton and Elisabeth Morrow, The Elisabeth Morrow School (EMS) began as an early childhood and lower school dedicated to the academic, social, and ethical education of young children. Today, the school serves 429 students (170 in the middle school or “Morrow House”) on a 14-acre campus in suburban New Jersey, just nine miles from New York City. As it has done since its founding nearly 90 years ago, EMS continues to provide its students with a dynamic, comprehensive educational experience in a supportive, child-centered environment.


Paul Chapin Appointed Head of Newark Boys Chorus School

April 2019 — Newark Boy’s Chorus School in Newark, NJ, has named Paul Chapin as the next Head of School. Paul has worked as an educator and administrator in Princeton Public Schools for the past 35 years. Currently a vocal music teacher at Riverside School, Paul also served as Acting/Interim Principal of the school from 2014-2016. In addition to teaching, Paul serves as an educational consultant to Princeton Symphony Orchestra, a Content Instruction Specialist at Princeton University, and works with Educational Testing Service in developing assessments. For the past 22 years, he has been the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Bordentown, NJ, and he has significant experience as a choral conductor and soloist. Paul received a B.M. in music education from Westminster Choir College and an M.S. in educational leadership from the University of Scranton.

Established in 1969, Newark Boys Chorus School (NBCS) is an independent day school serving students in grades three through eight. Dedicated to developing successful young men of sound character through rigorous academic and musical training, the school and its students are recognized as “Newark’s Musical Ambassadors” to the world. Currently enrolling 45 students, NBCS prides itself on providing high-level academic and musical opportunities for the young men it serves.