August 11, 2017
Dear Bishop’s Community,
This summer, the faculty and I have studied the work of an inspiring author on education, Parker Palmer. Palmer’s educational philosophy is grounded in a deep respect for both the teacher’s and learner’s innermost sense-of-self and goes hand-in-glove with our work on student-centered learning, where we honor the integrity and perspective of each learner at the table.
In one of his essays Palmer writes, “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.” Palmer’s statement is front-of-mind as I share the happy news that I have become engaged. My fiancé and I are thrilled and ready for a new chapter, listening to life telling us – not who each of us is individually but – who we together are.
With this important personal decision, though, comes another, professional one. After eight proud years, I have decided to make this coming academic year, 2017 - 2018, my last as Bishop’s Head of School. Both my fiancé and I call the East Coast home, and we have decided to return next summer and begin our new chapter in closer proximity to both our families there.
It has been my unparalleled privilege to be Bishop’s Head of School. I was called to and have come to love Bishop’s because of its rich history, its founding and contemporary life in the Episcopal tradition, and its commitment to academic and co-curricular excellence. With the tireless help of colleagues, we have accomplished much over the last eight years. The initiatives most meaningful to me are ones that have continued to enhance the daily experience of students, teachers and staff; that have allowed a venerable school to be a relevant voice in a contemporary, national dialogue on educational best practice; and that have ensured the School’s continued fiscal strength and lasting sustainability. Bishop’s is a thriving, exceptional school, poised well for its own next chapter, and I am forever marked by the professionalism and deep care shown to me by its board and the Bishop’s community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families.
Please know the Bishop’s Board of Trustees and I will ensure the smooth transition to new leadership, as well as the continued success and forward trajectory of all our programs. Having thrived here, I want nothing less for my fortunate successor, who will continue to support and uniquely enhance the School’s tradition of educational excellence. A head of school search process will begin to unfold over the next weeks and months. Annette Bradbury, the president of our board of trustees, will keep the community abreast of the process.
In the interim, another great school year, full of promise and adventure, is upon us. I look forward to this coming year with you, and I am as ready as ever to enjoy every day on the Bishop’s campus. Thank you for your happiness for me as I look to chart new personal and professional paths next summer and always for the honor and joy of serving The Bishop’s School.
Head of School