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Charlotte Prep Appoints Eddie Mensah as Head of School

eddie.mensahMarch 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.


Kamehameha Maui Campus Head Named

scott.parkerFebruary 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.

Williamsburg Northside Appoints Next Head of School

elie.dueFebruary 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.

Miami Country Day Selects New Upper School Director

February 2017 – Donald Ball has been appointed Upper School Director at Miami Country Day School in Florida. Mr. Ball is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN, where he also serves as a teacher, advisor, and dorm parent. He came to Baylor in 2014 from The Webb Schools (CA), where he taught, coached, and led the History Department. Earlier in his career, he taught at Germantown Academy (PA) and Manlius Pebble High School (NY). Mr. Ball is a graduate of Princeton University. He earned an M.A.L.S. in Political Science and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and an E.M.B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Entrepreneurship from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Founded in 1938, Miami Country Day School is an independent coeducational day school of approximately 1,250 students, age 3 through grade 12. The Upper School enrolls more than 450 students.