Information, Celebration, Inspiration (Academy President’s Blog)

06.26.14 - A Search for a Lower School Principal

On July 1, we will launch our national search for the next Lower School principal.  After more than 45 years as an educator and 12 of them at SMA, Mary Jane Frederick has made the decision that she will retire June 2015.  Throughout this coming school year, we will be planning many ways to celebrate and thank Mrs. Frederick for her vision, her dedication to the Lower School, her love of students and her many hugs for everyone.  

But we have big shoes to fill!  So we are launching a national search for applicants.  The Search Committee, chaired by Jane Hoogerwerf, includes Middle School principal Martha Ashley, Lower School teachers Deb Kasberg and Kelly Mansfield and Middle School teacher Mark Garcia.   Committee members include a range of experience and bring specific viewpoints to the discussion.  In June, the committee wrote an advertisement that identifies the qualifications required of applicants and wrote a job description that highlights the many responsibilities of the Lower School principal. 

The search process will include culling through resumes and written educational philosophies, conducting initial interviews to determine if an applicant meets the qualifications, inviting candidates to visit campus to meet with the community. 

We look forward to the support of the community in this search.  There will be parent sessions with the candidates as well as student, faculty and administration sessions.  The Search Committee is looking forward to reviewing resumes in August and bringing in applicants in early Fall.   Please watch Friday Folders and the Wildcat Weekly for updates.

Any interested applicants are invited to visit the SMA website for the announcement on July 1 and to send information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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