Announcing Academic Dean and Division Lead Teachers
Dear CSS Community,
Viewing The Colorado Springs School from both near and far as I do, as a current parent and as a future leader, my admiration for the students and teachers of this fine school runs deep. I am very excited to begin my work this summer with faculty and staff, students and parents, and lead The Colorado Spring School into the next stage of its development as a truly excellent institution at all levels. As you all know, there has been much going on at CSS this spring, including stellar academic work in all divisions, ECSs, and Dessert Theatre performances, to mention just a few. I have avidly followed the tweets from the Tole Mour, and the posts of students pouring molten iron. My congratulations to all for this meaningful work done well.
In this time of transition, there is much to announce and celebrate. With the Board’s approval, and with the help of a small hiring committee, I have been active in interviewing candidates for four new administrative positions. Please join me in congratulating Eric Gaylord on his appointment as the Academic Dean of The Colorado Springs School. In this new position, Eric will be the leader of the curriculum and programs at CSS and will direct all three divisions in conjunction with the Division Lead teachers. Eric possesses an even temperament, a keen intellect, valuable experience and expert qualifications for this important position. During our conversations, I was impressed by Eric’s innovative educational vision, his organization, and his obvious ability to connect people. I look forward to working with him as we maintain the many strengths of The Colorado Springs School and create new areas of excellence for which the school can be known. Congratulations to Eric!
Congratulations are also in order for our interim Head of School and Director of Admission Nori Madrigal. Next year, Nori will be serving as principal of a new charter school in District 49. Her knowledge of curriculum and her leadership experience make her a great fit for this new endeavor. For 21 years, Nori has served The Colorado Springs School at many levels. Her work this year as Interim Head has been exemplary, and we are so grateful for her able and sensible guidance of the school through this period of transition. I know the Faculty/Staff, the Board of Trustees, and the student body have appreciated her institutional wisdom, calm demeanor, and strong character. Please note that through the rest of the school year, Nori will continue to be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the school and is someone upon whom you can rely to do her best for faculty, students, and parents. My heartfelt thanks to Nori for her work this year and my warm congratulations as she embarks on a new journey.
Another esteemed member of the Administrative Leadership team will take her talents to Dallas next year. Linda Harris has served as Head of the Upper School for 13 years at CSS. She will return to her roots in Early Childhood as the newly hired Head of the Lower School for the Episcopal School of Dallas. Linda is a champion for experiential education and global perspectives. These tenets define the Upper School’s distinctive approach and niche. As an advocate for student leaders and engaged learners we are grateful for her authentic contributions to CSS.
And the congratulations continue – celebrations are also in order for our three new Division Lead teachers. Though each is new to this role, collectively they bring approximately 35 years of CSS experience to their new responsibilities and each has been recognized by their peers as a master teacher who is deeply committed to student learning,institutional excellence, and clear programmatic growth. I am pleased to announce that Dr. John Longo will serve as the Upper School Division Lead teacher, Mr. Amos White will serve as the Middle School Division Lead teacher, and Mrs. Carol Mayberry will serve as the Children’s School Division Lead teacher. The leadership skills of these three teachers with the daily support of Eric Gaylord and me will be a large part of moving the school forward. Congratulations to Carol, Amos, and John!
My sincere thanks to Eric Gaylord, Lori de Juan, Anne Hatch, and Paul Young for serving on this hiring committee.
Nori and a few members for the Administrative Leadership team will continue efforts to fill the administrative positions remaining in the restructured organizational model.
With kind regards,
Incoming Head of School