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Ethical Culture Fieldston School Appoints Next Upper School Principal

Nigel FurlongeFebruary, 2018Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, New York, has named Nigel Furlonge as the Upper School’s next Principal. Nigel has been Associate Head of School at Holderness School since 2015. Previous posts include Admissions Director and Dean of Students and Residential Life at Christina Seix Academy, Academic Dean at Lawrenceville School, and Director of Studies at St. Andrew’s School. Nigel is a graduate of Boston Latin School and holds a B.A. in American History with a minor in African American Studies from The University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in American History from Villanova University, and an M.Ed. in Organization and Private School Leadership from Columbia University.

Since its founding in 1878, Ethical Culture Fieldston School has been a beacon of progressive education in America. Known among New York City independent schools as a place where children are simultaneously encouraged to revel in the joys of childhood and confront the challenges presented by the modern world, ECFS emphasizes ethical thinking, academic excellence, and student-centered learning.

The Browning School Appoints Head of Middle School

Danielle PassnoFebruary, 2018The Browning School in New York, New York, has announced that Danielle Passno will be the next Head of Middle School. Danielle is currently serving as Director of Outreach and Public Purpose at The Spence School and is on the faculty of the Klingenstein Summer Institute. Prior to her current position at Spence, Danielle was Upper School Dean of Student Life and Leadership, Grade 9 Dean, and an Upper and a Middle School Math Teacher at the school. Danielle holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Engineering Sciences modified with Studio Art with minors in English and Education and an M.A. in Education Leadership from Columbia University.

Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving 402 students in kindergarten through Grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a single-sex setting – to inspire wonder, self-confidence, achievement, and a strong sense of brotherhood among its students.

Mid-Pacific Institute Names High School Principal

Paul PassamonteFebruary, 2018Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, HI, has announced that Paul Passamonte will be the school’s next High School Principal. Since 2010, Paul has been Middle School Principal at Hong Kong International School. Previously he was High School Principal at International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile, and Middle School Principal at International School Manila in Manila, Philippines. Paul holds a B.S. in K-12 Special Education and Middle School Mathematics from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from De La Salle University.

Mid‐Pacific Institute was incorporated in 1908 through the combination of Kawaiaha’o Seminary for Girls (established in 1864) and Mills Institute for Boys (established in 1892). Mid-Pacific is an independent college‐preparatory day school of 1,570 students in preschool through grade 12. Situated on a spacious 40‐acre campus in the beautiful Manoa Valley, it is one of the nation’s most dynamic and forward‐looking independent schools.

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School Names Next Prep School Director

Joanie Dean for WickendenFebruary, 2018Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York, New York, has appointed Joanie Dean as its next Prep School Director. Joanie has worked at CGPS since 2000, serving as Assistant Director of the Prep School, Dean of Academics, Dean of Academic and Administrative Affairs, and Math Department Head. Prior to her time at CGPS, she taught math at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, NY, and at Government High School Fundong in Cameroon during her time as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps. Joanie received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Mathematics Secondary Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and an Ed.M. in Leadership for Educational Change from Bank Street College of Education.

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 more than 1,300 students in Pre‐Kindergarten through Grade 12. Serving 583 students in grades 8‐12, the Preparatory School program is overseen by a talented and seasoned 108‐member faculty.