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Here's the latest news about our searches in progress and other activities at Wickenden Associates.
March 2017 – TASIS England has announced the appointment of Bryan Nixon as its next Head of School. Mr. Nixon, a native of Northern Ireland, has served since 2012 as Head of School at Whitby School in Greenwich, CT. Earlier, he served in several leadership positions at The Bavarian International School in Germany, including four years as its Director (Head of School). Prior to his tenure at BIS, he was the Curriculum Coordinator at the St. Andrew’s School in the Bahamas.
Founded in 1976 by Mrs. M. Crist Fleming as a branch of TASIS The American School in Switzerland, TASIS The American School in England is an independent, coeducational school enrolling American and international day students in Grades Pre-K through 13 and boarding students in Grades 9-13, with a total enrollment of 720 students.
March 2017 – The Board of Trustees of Charlotte Preparatory School in Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced the appointment of Eddie Mensah to be permanent Head of School, effective July 1, 2017. The Board voted to offer the position to Mr. Mensah, who is the current Head of Middle School, after conducting an independent assessment of Charlotte Prep’s operations and community led by Wickenden Associates. The engagement included a comprehensive series of discussions and a community survey with Charlotte Prep parents, faculty, and staff regarding the school’s strengths and challenges, as well as an exploration of the leadership qualities the school community valued most in its next Head of School.
Mr. Mensah is in his fourth year as Head of Middle School at Charlotte Prep. Earlier in his career, he served for 13 years as the Director of Programs for Steppingstone Scholars Inc., an educational nonprofit for under-served students in Philadelphia. Born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, Mr. Mensah holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.S.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1971, Charlotte Prep is an independent day school of approximately 400 students, PreK-grade 8.
February 2017 – Scott Parker, Ed.D., has been named Poʻo Kula (Head of School) for Kamehameha Schools Maui campus, effective in June. Dr. Parker is currently serving as interim Hope Poʻo Kula (Assistant Head of School) at Kamehameha’s Kapālama campus. He has worked in multiple educational environments, including as a teacher and administrator in both public and private schools on Maui and Oʻahu. In 2014, Dr. Parker was the recipient of the STRIVE HI Award for sustained academic achievement while Principal at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Oʻahu. He is a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha and a recipient of numerous commendations for his service to the Hawaiʻi Air National Guard.
A native of Maui, Dr. Parker graduated from Maui High School and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. In 2014, Dr. Parker earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.
Established in 1996, Kamehameha Schools Maui is one of three K-12 campuses in the Kamehameha Schools educational system. KSM enrolls nearly 1,100 students on a beautiful and well-equipped 180-acre campus in Pukalani.
February 2017 – Williamsburg Northside Schools has announced the appointment of Elizabeth “Elie” Smith Déu as Head of School. Ms. Déu is a founding administrator and the current Dean of Students for grades 6-9 at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan. During more than 25 years in education, she has served as a teacher and senior administrator at institutions including Phillips Exeter Academy (NH), Milton Academy (MA), La Jolla Country Day School (CA), and Greenwich Academy (CT). She has taught Spanish and Humanities, served as a Head of Lower School, and led enrollment efforts as a Director of Admissions. Ms. Déu also has more than a decade of experience working in Europe, primarily at Collegi Internacional del Pirineu in Andorra and the American International School in Cyprus.
Ms. Déu holds a B.A. in History and Spanish with a minor in Art History from Duke University and has completed professional training from Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Founded in 1999 as a progressive preschool, Williamsburg Northside offers three distinct programs in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and Lower School students through the fifth grade. Now serving 375 children across its three campuses, WNS is adding a Middle School, beginning with the introduction of sixth grade in the fall of 2018. WNS is owned and operated by MetSchools, an education management company that oversees four New York City schools collectively serving approximately 1000 students.