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Spence School Announces Science Department Head Appointment

IMG_9080February, 2019The Spence School in New York, NY, has announced that Dalia Aidoo will be the new Science Department Head. Currently, Dalia serves as Science Department Chair and a Middle and Upper School science teacher at Collegiate School in New York. Previously, she taught secondary school science at Southgate School in London. In addition to her duties at Collegiate, Dalia is the founder and owner of The Children’s Montessori House Preschool in Saint Lucia. Dalia received a B.Sc. in microbiology from South Bank University in London and a Post Graduate Degree in secondary education from the University of London Institute of Education.

Founded by Clara B. Spence in 1892, The Spence School is an independent, college preparatory day school serving 752 girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Ranking among the nation’s pre-eminent schools for girls, Spence is committed to high academic standards, integrity, a diverse student body, and a purpose larger than oneself. Spence’s vibrant canvas of teaching and learning is inspired by the words of Clara Spence, who described learning as an “intellectual and moral adventure.” The talented faculty embraces the challenge of preparing Spence’s able students to thrive as engaged citizens with purpose, passion, and perspective.

Brooklyn Friends School Names New Head

Crissy-Headshot (1)November, 2018Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, New York, has announced that Crissy Cáceres will be the next Head of School. Crissy is currently the Assistant Head of School at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. Previously, Crissy was Head of Lower School at Abington Friends School in Abington, PA, where she led a nationally-recognized Early Childhood Program and lead a Lower School division of more than 190 students and 34 faculty members. Prior to her time at Abington Friends, she was Assistant Head of Lower School at Episcopal Academy, where she also began her independent school teaching career.  Since 2009, Crissy has been a faculty member at the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute. She has served as a Middle States Accreditation Commissioner, co-chaired the People of Color Conference in Philadelphia, served on various leadership associations, and has partnered with schools and organizations nation-wide as consultant, presenter, and facilitator on various school leadership, social justice, and school culture and student engagement topics. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in a self-designed major in Urban Policy and Education with a minor in Psychology from Wellesley College. She is also a graduate of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Fellowship for Aspiring Heads.

One of the most diverse independent schools in the region, BFS serves more than 900 students from age 2 to grade 12. Signature features of the BFS experience include a rigorous educational program culminating in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma and a thoroughgoing commitment to inclusion, equity, social justice, and service informed by Quaker principles.


Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Appoints New Head

Gary WeissermanNovember, 2018Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago, IL has named Gary Weisserman to be the next Head of School. Most recently, Gary was Head of School at Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles, California–the largest community/pluralistic Jewish day school in the United States. Before his time at Milken, Gary was Chief Academics Officer at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, Florida, where he was responsible for educational programming within all five divisions of the school. Prior to working at Scheck, Gary was Head of School at Oakland Early College, a public, early college high school that serves more than 150 students in Oakland County, Michigan. Previous administrative positions include Director of Early College and K-16 initiatives at the University of Michigan-Flint and Program Director of the Interactive Communications and Simulations Group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has taught at the University of Michigan, West Bloomfield Public Schools, and Southfield Public Schools. Gary holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A in Educational Studies and Educational Administration from the University of Michigan. He sits on the Board of Echo Horizon School, Adat Ari El Labowe Family School, and the Community Systems Foundation.

Founded in 1946, Bernard Zell is the preeminent independent, coeducational Jewish day school in Chicago. Located in the vibrant Lakeview neighborhood on the city’s north side, the school serves approximately 530 students, Nursery to Grade 8, and offers the best of innovative education in a rigorous and nurturing learning environment. This strong community welcomes children and encourages academic exploration, inspiring students to intellectual inquiry and the joy of learning rooted in pluralistic Jewish tradition.

The Elisabeth Morrow School Announces Next Head

maureen-fonseca-5771142_220xx458-610-21-0November, 2018The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey, has named Maureen Fonseca as its next Head of School. Formerly Head of The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Maureen Fonseca is currently Chief Executive Officer of Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation/New York Edge, a community based organization serving 25,000 students in 110 under-resourced New York City public schools. Prior to her time at Masters, she founded St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey, a school with a mission of preparing inner city students for competitive secondary schools. Over her 12 years at St. Philip’s, she grew the school from an opening enrollment of ten children in first grade to over 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Maureen received a B.A in French and Russian from Vassar College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French Literature from Fordham University. An active member of many professional organizations, she is currently a Board member of the French American School of New York, Chair of the Fairchester Heads Association, Treasurer of the Headmistresses Association of the East, and from 2010 – 2018 she was Commissioner on Accreditation for the New York State Association of Independent Schools.

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 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.