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Launa Schweizer Appointed Head of Middle School at Hewitt

launa-hewittMarch 2019 — This summer, Launa Schweizer will take the reins of the Middle School at The Hewitt School in New York City. Launa is currently the Assistant Head of Middle School at Brooklyn Montessori School, where she also teaches English and humanities. She previously served as Head of Lower School at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. Launa studied English as an undergraduate at Amherst College and earned a master’s degree in American Culture from the University of Michigan.

Located on New York’s Upper East Side, Hewitt is an independent girls’ day school that enrolls 523 students in grades K-12. The school’s program is intentionally structured around four pillars – presence, empathy, research, and purpose – and it strives to empower each girl to achieve her best.

Paul Baly Picked to Lead CGPS Middle School

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March, 2019Paul Baly, Head of Middle School at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey, has been appointed Middle School Director at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) in New York City. Paul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Roanoke College in 1998. He went on to earn an M.A. in Language Arts Education from the University of South Carolina – Columbia, and an M.A. in Organizational and Educational Leadership through the Teachers College at Columbia University.

Founded in 1764, CGPS is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. It offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to more than 1,300 students in Pre‐Kindergarten through Grade 12. The Middle School enrolls 253 students in grades 5-7 and is located in a 17,000-square-foot facility that was newly constructed in 2016.


The Spence School Announces New Head of Physical Education Department

February, 2019The Spence School in New York, NY, has named Mildred Piscopo as the next Head of the Physical Education Department. Mildred has worked at Poly Prep Country Day School for the past 30 years, serving as Director of Athletics  for the past 12. Previous roles at the school include Physical Education Department Chair, Physical Education Teacher, and Head Varsity Softball Coach. Prior to her time at Poly Prep, Mildred was a junior varsity field hockey and softball coach and substitute teacher at Northport High School in Northport, NY. Mildred earned a B.S. in Physical Education from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia 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.


The Town School Names New Head of Upper School

February, 2019The Town School in New York, NY, has announced that Carol Seeley will be the next Head of Upper School. Carol is currently Head of the Middle School at Poly Prep Country Day School, where she is a member of the senior administrative team, partnering closely with school leadership and teachers in serving strategic goals and day-to-day operations. Prior to her current position, Carol served as Poly’s Dean of 7th and 8th grade students, working closely with the student support team, supervising the advisory program, and managing the application process for students applying out for high school. Carol has also taught middle-school math at the Park School in Brookline, MA, Columbia Grammar and Prep, and at Poly Prep. She is a graduate of the Groton School, and earned her BA in Sociology-based Human Relations from Connecticut College.

Founded in 1913, Town is an independent coeducational day school serving approximately 400 children from age 3 to grade 8. A warm, inclusive, diverse, and values-centered school community, Town is dedicated to academic excellence, joy, nurture, innovation, and character development. For more than a century, Town has blended tradition and innovation to provide young students with an engaging educational experience that promotes creativity, curiosity, and healthy risk taking. Its challenging academic program and supportive environment prepare students to thrive as confident learners and involved citizens in high school and beyond.