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Congratulations to our client schools and these newly appointed leaders, most of whom will take office in July 2018:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brian MahoneyJanuary, 2018Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey, has announced that Brian Mahoney will be the next President. Since 2011, Brian has served as Headmaster of EF Academy in Thornwood, New York. Previously, he was Headmaster of Rockland Country Day School. Before his time at Rockland, he was Middle School Director at The Harvey School. Brian holds a B.A. in History from Siena College and an M.S. in Teaching and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Fordham University.

    Founded in 1955, Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey, delivers a traditional, values‐ centered Catholic education in a 21st century learning environment that prepares young men in grades 9– 12 for lives of leadership, devotion, and service. Bergen Catholic educates the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – by deepening religious faith, developing academic excellence, and strengthening social consciousness and responsibility.

  • Doug BrophyJanuary, 2018The Town School in New York, New York, has announced that Douglas Brophy will be its next Head of School. Currently Academic Dean of The Spence School, Doug serves as Chair of the Academic Planning Committee, K-12 Curriculum Team, and Equity Council. He is a member of the Long Range Planning, College Counseling, Technology, and Building Planning and Design Committees. He is the Vice Chair of the New York Association of Independent Schools Accreditation Team and Chair of the Diversity Job Fair Panel. Doug received a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. with a concentration in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He completed an M.Ed. at Stanford University in 1998. In 2006, he received an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

    The Town School is an independent coeducational day school serving approximately 400 children from Nursery 3s through Grade 8. Since 1913, Town has fostered the educational principle of “Joy with Purpose” by blending both tradition and innovation in order to provide young students with an engaging educational experience designed to inspire creativity, curiosity, and healthy risk taking. A warm, inclusive, diverse, and values-centered school community, Town is dedicated to excellence in academics balanced with an emphasis on joy, nurture, innovation, and character development.

  • Manning WeirJanuary, 2018Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that Manning Weir will be the next Upper School Principal. Manning has been Upper School Principal at The Brookstone School since 2011. He served as Upper School Assistant Principal at Stratford Academy from 2007-2011 and was Director of Student Life at Memphis University School from 2001-2007 after joining the school in 1998 as Academic Counselor. Manning holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in American History from Connecticut College and an M.S. in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

    As the largest Episcopal parish day school in the country, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School educates more than 1,350 students from age 3 to grade 12. The school offers a balanced college preparatory program to 525 Upper School students, emphasizing academics, athletics, arts, and spiritual growth. Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, HIES is known for its welcoming, supportive environment and commitment to the common good.

  • Sam FragomeniJanuary, 2018Ethical Culture Fieldston School has named Joseph McCauley as the next Principal of Fieldston Lower School. Since 2014, Joe has been Assistant Head of Pre and Lower School at The Packer Collegiate Institute. He joined Packer in 2008 as a fourth-grade teacher.  During his time there, he has been Director of the Teacher Mentor Program, Leader of Year-long Staff Development Groups, and a member of the Lower School Curriculum Leadership Team and the Strategic Plan Task Force on Community and Identity. Joe earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Hunter College.

    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.

  • jenn-rhodesJanuary, 2018Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School has named Jennifer Rhodes as its next Director of Development. Since 2013, Jennifer has been Director of Institutional Advancement at The Cathedral School in New York City. Previously, she was the Senior Advancement officer at Viewpoint School in Los Angeles and Alumnae Director for The Chapin Centennial Campaign at The Chapin School in New York. Jennifer Holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Rollins College and is a graduate of The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut.

    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. Relaxed, caring, and more academically diverse than many of its peer New York City independent schools, CGPS seeks to inspire and support students in an atmosphere that is cooperative rather than intensely competitive.

  • joe-coxDecember, 2017La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, California, has named Dr. Joseph Cox as its next Head of Upper School. Joe is currently serving as Interim Head of Upper School. Prior to his time at La Jolla, Joe was Headmaster at the Haverford School for 15 years. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Education and served as the Executive Director of the International Boys’ School Coalition. Joe is a retired Army Colonel and served as a Professor of English at the United States Military Academy.

    Joe Holds a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Lafayette College.

    La Jolla Country Day School is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood through Grade 12. The school prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”

     

  • Sam FragomeniDecember 2017Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, Texas, has appointed Sam Fragomeni as its next Head of School. In 2014, Sam began his work with Explore Schools in Brooklyn, which serves more than 2,000 students in its four elementary and middle schools. Initially the Managing Director of Leadership Development, he was promoted to Chief Academic Officer, where he was tasked with creating and executing the schools’ academic vision. Before his time at Explore, he spent nine years at Harlem Village Academies, serving as Director of Elementary Schools & Lead Principal, Middle School Principal, and as a fifth grade teacher. In the fall of 2017, Sam moved to Houston with his wife, who recently took a position at MD Anderson.

    Sam holds a B.A. in Government and Psychology and an Ed.M in Elementary Education from the University of Notre Dame. He earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Pennsylvania.

    Established as a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 1970 and separately incorporated in 1990, Annunciation Orthodox School today ranks among Houston’s leading independent schools, serving nearly 700 boys and girls from age three through grade eight. AOS provides a challenging, well‐rounded academic curriculum within a nurturing Christian environment focused on family and community.

  • Helvie-Sherri_640x640_High-150x150December 2017The Orchard School has announced that Dr. Sherri Helvie will be the school’s next Head. Sherri currently serves as the Assistant Head of School at Gateway School, a premier progressive K-8 school in Santa Cruz, California. Before she was promoted to her current post at Gateway, she served as Middle School Coordinator. Previously, she taught Ancient and Medieval Literature at Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, and she also served as English Department Chair and Director of the After-School Tutoring Program. Simultaneously, she taught courses on Charles Dickens and 20th century British fiction at University of California-Santa Cruz. Before her time in education, Sherri worked as a project manager in Silicon Valley.

    Sherri holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as a master’s degree in English with emphases in Women’s Literature and Critical Theory, and a minor in Classical Greek. She earned her doctorate in Literature with a degree notation in Women’s Studies from University of California-Santa Cruz.

    The Orchard School is a nonsectarian independent school serving 555 students, age 3 to grade 8. For nearly a century, Orchard has honored the vision of its founders by offering a joyful learning environment grounded in experiential learning, curricular integration, ready access to the outdoors, and emphasis on the unique academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each child.

  • michelle bartonDecember 2017The Shlenker School in Houston, Texas, has announced that Michelle Barton will be its next Head of School.  Michelle joins Shlenker from the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy in Los Angeles where she currently serves as the Elementary School Principal. Prior to her appointment as Principal, Michelle served for five years as Lead Teacher in third grade and for one year as Literacy Coordinator.

    Michelle received her B.A. cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned Dean’s Honor’s List. Michelle is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education in the Educational Leadership Program at UCLA and expects to receive her degree during the summer of 2018.

    Founded in 1987 by Congregation Beth Israel, with which it shares a well‐equipped 16‐acre campus, The Shlenker School offers a 10‐year program for more than 325 children from 15 months old through grade 5. As a Reform Jewish Day School integrating Jewish learning into all areas of the curriculum, Shlenker aspires to instill in its students a strong sense of Jewish identity and positive self‐esteem.

  • Fech_Scott5_(003)December 2017Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has named Scott Fech as its next Head of School. Currently Director of the Upper School at Nova Southeastern University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Scott previously served as High School Principal and Director of Educational Programs at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from 2012-2017. Additionally, Scott has been a guest lecturer at the university level and served on the Board of ChiTech Academy Charter High School in Chicago. Scott holds a B.S. in Education from Indiana University, a Master of Theological Studies from University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, an M.S. in Education from Purdue University-Calumet, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Loyola University Chicago.

    Committed to cultivating confident, curious, students who are articulate and self-directed, Winchester Thurston serves 685 students, grades Pre-K-12, on two campuses. Guided by its founding credo, “Think also of the comfort and the rights of others,” Winchester Thurston School has been a beacon of progressive education in Pittsburgh since it opened its doors in 1887.
  • Billy HandmakerDecember 2017Billy Handmaker has been named the next Head of Keystone School in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2011, he has been Head of Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has served as a teacher and administrator in independent schools since 1989. From 1989-96, Billy taught history, chaired the History Department, and served as the Dean of Faculty and the Assistant Head for Faculty and Curriculum at Whitfield School in St. Louis. From 1996-2011, Billy was the Head of School and taught history at Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Billy earned a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University and an M.A. in Teaching/History from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Founded in 1948, Keystone School serves more than 500 academically talented and motivated students in grades PK3-12. Keystone students are self-assured and academically-ambitious. It is a school with a fervent intellectual culture that cultivates a fierce love of learning and deep commitment to achievement and excellence.
  • Dan quesnelDecember 2017The Oakwood School in Greenville, North Carolina, has named Dan Quesnel as its next Head of School. Dan has worked at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, North Carolina since 2007. Initially a Middle School teacher, coach, and the school’s General Counsel, Dan has served as Middle School Director and General Counsel since 2013. Prior to Dan’s independent school career, he practiced law in a number of areas and industries, including education. Dan received a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

    Founded in 1996, The Oakwood School serves more than 320 students, grades PreK-12. Driven by its mission to instill in its students the wisdom, creativity, and strength of character needed to make a difference in the world, the Oakwood community is earnest, warm, and motivated by a genuine love of learning and teaching.
  • November 2017Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School (CRSJ) in San José, California, has appointed Dr. Margaret Higgins to serve as President, beginning in December. Dr. Higgins brings 25 years of experience working in Catholic colleges and universities including Santa Clara University (SCU), the University of San Francisco, The Catholic University of America, Merrimack College, and Suffolk University. Since 2015, she has worked at SCU, initially as Director of Development and, beginning in 2016, as Senior Director of Development and Scholarship Initiatives. Before her time at SCU, Dr. Higgins served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Salve Regina University, Assistant to the President at San Francisco University, and Dean of Students at The Catholic University of America.

    Dr. Higgins holds a B.S. in Communication Disorders from the College of Saint Rose, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Psychological Services from Springfield College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from The Catholic University of America.

    One of 32 schools in the national Cristo Rey Network, CRSJ serves approximately 500 low-income students in grades 9-12. CRSJ blends rigorous academic preparation, significant professional work experience, broad-based preparation for college, and Jesuit values to create a culture of high expectations that empowers young people to succeed and lead as men and women for others.

     

  • November 2017Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia, has named Ashley Harper as its next Head of School, beginning in July, 2018.  Currently serving as director of Advancement at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Harper has been at the school since her 2012 appointment as Director of Lower School. Prior to her time at Winchester Thurston, Ms. Harper served as Middle School Director at the Brookwood School in Thomasville, Georgia, where she also taught algebra and 5th grade. Ms. Harper holds a B.A. in Economics from Florida State University and an M.A. in Teaching and Learning and Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. She was a National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring School Heads Fellow in 2011-2012.

    Founded in 1972 and located since 1996 on a campus 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C., Wakefield is an independent day school serving 301 students this year in junior kindergarten through grade 12. A vibrant learning community, Wakefield fosters a spirit of inquiry and the development of the skills and habits necessary for success in college and beyond.

     

  • November 2017International School of Denver in Denver, Colorado, has tapped Bob Carignan to be its next Head of School, beginning in July, 2018. Mr. Carignan’s appointment follows his 15-year tenure at Riverstone International School in Boise, Idaho, where he began as a teacher and has served as Head of School since 2011. Prior to his time at Riverstone, he worked in financial trading.

    Mr. Carignan holds an A.B. from Brown University in English and Economics and an M.Ed. from Boise State University in Curriculum and Instruction.

    Tracing its rich history to 1977, International School of Denver is the oldest and most distinctive international school in the Rocky Mountain region. Serving nearly 700 students, International School of Denver offers bilingual, bicultural curricula in French, Mandarin, and Spanish to children from age 3 to grade 5, followed by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for students in grades 6-8.

     

  • November 2017University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, has appointed Bart Bronk as its next Head of School. He most recently served as Interim Head of Liggett, following the retirement of longtime Head of School, Joseph Healey. Mr. Bronk joined the community in 2013 and has held a variety of positions including Provost, Chief Operating Officer, and Dean of Faculty. Previously, he was at Church Farm School, where he served as Director of Admissions for six years. Prior to that, he served as Director of Institutional Giving and Government Relations at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.  He holds a B.A. in English and an M.S. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

    The oldest independent co-educational day school in Michigan, University Liggett School is among the preeminent PK-12 institutions in the state. Enrolling more than 600 students, Liggett offers a rigorous and innovative academic framework – the Curriculum for Understanding – that allows students at every grade level to find their passion and explore it in depth while developing five higher order skills: creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, adaptability, and universalism.

     

  • November 2017Tuscaloosa Academy in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has announced the appointment of Dr. Bryan Oliver as its next Head of School. An Alabama native, Dr. Oliver has served as High School Principal at Saint James High School in Montgomery since 2012. With eight years of experience working in admissions and recruitment at the University of Alabama, Dr. Oliver is no stranger to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

    Dr. Oliver earned a B.S. in Finance, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The University of Alabama. He is currently a National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring School Heads Fellow.

    Founded in 1967, Tuscaloosa Academy is a nonsectarian, coeducational independent school serving 440 students in preschool through grade 12. Dedicated to preparing students for college through an engaging educational and extracurricular program that emphasizes “individual attention and maximum opportunity,” Tuscaloosa Academy encourages its students to excel within a safe, family‐like setting.

     

  • Congratulations to the 24 Leaders We Placed for 2017

    In 2016-17, Wickenden Associates worked with a wide range of schools all over the country and placed 24 leaders in Head of School and other senior administrative positions. Congratulations to these schools and their appointees:

  • bryan.nixoncropMarch 2017 – TASIS England has announced the appointment of Bryan Nixon as its next Head of School. Mr. Nixon, a native of Northern Ireland, has served since 2012 as Head of School at Whitby School in Greenwich, CT. Earlier, he served in several leadership positions at The Bavarian International School in Germany, including four years as its Director (Head of School). Prior to his tenure at BIS, he was the Curriculum Coordinator at the St. Andrew’s School in the Bahamas.

    Founded in 1976 by Mrs. M. Crist Fleming as a branch of TASIS The American School in Switzerland, TASIS The American School in England is an independent, coeducational school enrolling American and international day students in Grades Pre-K through 13 and boarding students in Grades 9-13, with a total enrollment of 720 students.

     

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • sara.kylesmallFebruary 2017 – The Blake School in Minneapolis has announced the appointment of Sara Kyle as the Director of College Counseling, beginning this summer. Since joining Blake in 2001, Ms. Kyle has served as Associate Director of College Counseling. Prior to coming to Blake, she served as Director of Admissions at St. Olaf College, her alma mater. Ms. Kyle is a past president of the Minnesota Association of College Admissions Professionals and has led efforts in leadership development, membership, and publicity for the regional organization. She is also active in regional and national advocacy work through the National Association of College Admissions Professionals.

    Founded in 1900, The Blake School serves 1,381 students in grades PK–12 on three campuses in the greater Twin Cities area.

  • ron.kimFebruary 2017 – BASIS.ed, a rapidly expanding network of high-achieving private schools and public charter schools, has announced the appointment of Ron Kim to serve as a founding Head of School for one of the independent schools it plans to launch in the years ahead.

    Mr. Kim is currently the Assistant Principal of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He has served Phillips Exeter since 1994 in roles including History Instructor, Coach, Dormitory Head, Associate Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Faculty. Mr. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of California, Berkeley.  He earned his master’s degree and pursued doctoral studies in History at the University of Chicago.

    Established in 1998 with the opening of a charter school in Tucson, Arizona, the BASIS.ed network now includes 27 charter, independent, and international schools serving more than 17,000 students. BASIS.ed has opened at least one new school every year since 2010, expanding its reach so far to California, Texas, New York City, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and China.

  • felicia.wilkssmallFebruary 2017 – Felicia Wilks will join Lakeside School in Seattle this July as Director of the Upper School. Ms. Wilks is Head of Upper School at Garrison Forrest School in Maryland. From 2010 to 2015, she was the Director of Diversity and a member of the leadership team at Friends School of Baltimore. She chaired the Upper School English Department at the school from 2007 to 2010 and directed its Middle Grades Partnership Project from 2006 to 2010. While at Friends, Ms. Wilks spoke nationally on topics related to diversity in education and served on committees for NAIS and the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools. Earlier, she taught at Catonsville Educational Center and Baltimore City Community College in Maryland, and at Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn, NY.

    Ms. Wilks holds a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from Columbia University and a master’s degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

    Founded in 1919, Lakeside School is an independent coeducational day school offering a broad curriculum in the liberal arts to a diverse student body numbering 851 in grades 5–12.