Director's Blog

Today list on a spiral notebook

As is my habit (one I have learned from many heads of school, including our own Mr. Rowell), I recently bent down by one of our brick walkways to pick up a stray piece of paper, which turned out to be a Post-it Note which contained the following list:

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9/11 Remembrance - 20th Anniversary Ceremony Remarks

We have just heard the bell that marks the first loss of life on September 11th, 2001, and the first of the events we remember today.  You heard it toll twenty times for the twenty years since that day.  You have watched your classmates unfurl the flag and raise it to full staff—quickly to show our country’s resilience and diligence—then lower it to half-staff slowly to show that we mourn those that our nation lost.

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Upper School Director

Dr. Joel Coleman has more than two decades of experience teaching, coaching, and independent school leadership, serving most recently as Upper School Head at St. Paul’s School in Maryland. In that role, he led several curriculum initiatives, including spearheading changes to the school’s International Baccalaureate program, creating and implementing a K-12 departmental review cycle, and overseeing updates to the upper school’s science, math, arts, and philosophy curricula. As part of this work, he partnered with faculty to create a portrait of a graduate and better define standards of teaching excellence at each grade level. In addition, Dr. Coleman piloted K-12 instructional coaching and mentoring for the faculty and worked to further align curriculum and faculty development with the school’s mission.