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Paul Chapin Appointed Head of Newark Boys Chorus School

April 2019 — Newark Boy’s Chorus School in Newark, NJ, has named Paul Chapin as the next Head of School. Paul has worked as an educator and administrator in Princeton Public Schools for the past 35 years. Currently a vocal music teacher at Riverside School, Paul also served as Acting/Interim Principal of the school from 2014-2016. In addition to teaching, Paul serves as an educational consultant to Princeton Symphony Orchestra, a Content Instruction Specialist at Princeton University, and works with Educational Testing Service in developing assessments. For the past 22 years, he has been the Music Director at First Baptist Church of Bordentown, NJ, and he has significant experience as a choral conductor and soloist. Paul received a B.M. in music education from Westminster Choir College and an M.S. in educational leadership from the University of Scranton.

Established in 1969, Newark Boys Chorus School (NBCS) is an independent day school serving students in grades three through eight. Dedicated to developing successful young men of sound character through rigorous academic and musical training, the school and its students are recognized as “Newark’s Musical Ambassadors” to the world. Currently enrolling 45 students, NBCS prides itself on providing high-level academic and musical opportunities for the young men it serves.


Christopher Harper to Become Chief Financial Officer of Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, NY

Chris HarperApril 2019 — Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, NY, has named Christopher Harper as the next Chief Financial Officer at the school. Christopher is currently Director of Finance and Operations at Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, IL. Previously, he was Associate Director of Enrollment Management at Latin School of Chicago, where he was also Apprentice to the Chief of Finance and Operations. Prior to his time at Latin School of Chicago, he was the Executive Director and Founder of Apex Elite Academy in Chicago, while also serving as a faculty member and coach at University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. Christopher received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Ethical Culture Fieldston School (ECFS) is a progressive PreK–12 independent school that has been serving students from throughout New York City and the surrounding suburbs since 1878. ECFS offers a rich curriculum in the arts, sciences, and humanities. A coed, nonsectarian school, it serves a diverse community of about 1,700 students on two campuses – one in the Riverdale section of the Bronx and the other in Manhattan.


Beth Pili named Co-Director of College Counseling at the Spence School in New York, NY

image1April 2019 — The Spence School has announced that Beth Pili will become Co-Director of College Counseling in July 2019. Since 2009, Beth has worked at Horace Mann School, first as Associate Director of College Counseling and then as Director of College Counseling Initiatives. She also serves as Director of College Counseling at the Heckscher Scholars Program, a community-based organization that serves students from New York City Public Schools who hope to be the first in their families to attend college. Prior to her time at Horace Mann, Beth was Director of Multicultural Recruitment and Associate Director of Admissions in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Columbia University. Previously, she was Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment at Yale, Associate Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment at Barnard College, and served as a Senior Admissions Committee Member at Bryn Mawr. Beth received a B.A. in history from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in organization and leadership with an emphasis in post-secondary education from Columbia University.

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.


Congressional School Appoints Edwin Gordon Head of School

GordonMarch 2019 — Dr. Edwin Gordon has been named the next Head of Congressional School in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Gordon served most recently as the Head of School at Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach, Florida. He also led the Lower School at Riverdale Country School’s River Campus, was Executive Director of the K-12 Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and worked as the Academic Dean (grades 7-10) for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gordon earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Baylor University and his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Cornell University.

Founded in 1939, Congressional School is an independent, coed day school enrolling 343 children from six weeks of age through grade eight. The school also hosts 2,200 students annually through its summer camp programs. Sited on a 40-acre campus in Northern Virginia, the school blends the best of traditional education with innovative teaching and learning practices, including a robust social-emotional learning program and interdisciplinary studies.