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Ed Ellison Appointed to Lead Cape Fear Academy

Edward EllisonOctober 2019 — Ed Ellison has been named the next Head of School at Cape Fear Academy beginning July 2020. Ed’s independent school career spans nearly three decades, and most recently, he joined the higher education ranks, serving as the executive director for the office of alumni relations at Tufts University. For the past three years, Ed has served on the university advancement division’s senior management team, responsible for the execution of a $1.5 billion campaign. Prior to his work at Tufts, Ed served for five years as Head of St. Johns Country Day School in Orange Park, FL. Prior to this, Ed spent nine years at The Roxbury Latin School, where he served as director of finance and operations, taught math and economics, was Eighth Grade Class Dean, and sat on the Admission Committee. Ed also served for three years on the faculty of Milton Academy. Before beginning his educational career, Ed was the vice president of operations for Oak Industries, a $300 million publicly-traded manufacturing company. After receiving his BA from Tufts University, Ed joined the Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of Captain. After leaving the Marine Corps, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

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.