Midwestern Leadership Appointments

  • Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (Milwaukee, WI)

    Katherine Konieczny President, Appointed for 2018

    Katherine is an alumna of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and will return to lead the school following a successful tenure in Chicago's public schools. Currently, she serves as Principal of Oscar Mayer Magnet School. Katherine holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Dayton, an MS in Education from Northwestern University, and an MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from National Louis University.

    Divine Savior Holy Angels High School is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and sponsored by the Sisters of the Divine Savior.

  • Groves Academy (St. Louis Park, MN)

    Kimberly Peeples Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Kim will join Groves Academy following a ten-year tenure at Breck School in Minneapolis. There, she served as an instructor of English and Ethics, as well as being appointed Community Outreach Coordinator, Upper School Dean of Studies, and Director of the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership. Previously, she taught in Detroit's public schools. Kim holds a BA in English Education from Michigan State University, and an MA in English Education from Wayne State University.

    Groves Academy is Minnesota’s only established school for students with learning disabilities and attention disorders, and a national leader in educating students who learn differently. Its Learning Center serves families in the community who do not attend the school, and its Institute for Professional Learning shares the proven teaching methods from the school to advance literacy instruction among other teachers, schools, and organizations.

  • Hawken School (Gates Mills, OH)

    Samuel Steinhouse Chief Financial Officer, Appointed for 2017

    Sam will join Hawken School from outside the educational industry. He is currently a Managing Member of Excel Air Tool Co. LLC, where he has also served as Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he led a real estate investment firm and was a key administrator of a manufacturing group and an insurance firm. Sam has served on the board of several public and charter schools. He holds a BBA in Finance from University of Michigan's School of Business.

    Hawken School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school serving Grades K-12. Central to Hawken’s mission is its promise to “prepare students to navigate a complex and dynamic world with self-confidence and determination; embrace challenges with disciplined analysis and creativity; and engage others with empathy and integrity.”

  • Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)

    Sarah Schmidt Associate Director for International Admissions, Appointed for 2017

    Sarah joins Macalester College following a six-year tenure as Associate Director of Admissions at Vassar College in New York. Previously, she interned at New York University while earning her Master's degree. She began her career in university admissions at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she served as an Admissions Officer. Sarah holds a BA in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Hamilton College and an MA in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from New York University.

    Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.

  • Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)

    Yancie Davis Associate Director of Admission, Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment, Appointed for 2017

    Yancie Davis will join Macalester College following four years as the Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Outreach at Stanford University. Previously, he served as the College Access and Success Manager at East Bay College Fund in Oakland, California. Prior to that appointment, Yancie was the program manager for the non-profit, BUILD. Yancie has also worked in Campus Recruitment Management in both California and New Mexico. He holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Globalization & Consumer Behavior from University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

    Since its founding in 1874, Macalester has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. Classes are taught by faculty whose passion is teaching and whose scholarship gains national recognition.

  • Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (St. Louis, MO)

    James Rainey Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    MICDS will welcome Jay in in the fall of 2019 as their next Head of School. Jay has served as Head of School at Randolph School in Huntsville, AL since 2014. Prior to this appointment he served a 12-year tenure at Norfolk Academy in Virginia.  There he held roles as Teacher and Coach, Associate Director of College Counseling, Director of Studies and Assistant Headmaster for Academic Affairs. Jay has also worked at Hampton Roads Academy in VA and Woodberry Forest School in VA as a Teacher and Coach. Prior to entering the independent school world he held various positions in the entrepreneurial and business sector including Founder of Virginia Test Review, Founder and Partner of Network Teaching Solutions, New Product Manager for DeVry, Inc., Director of Operations for Participate Systems, and Founder for PrepExact.  A graduate of Woodberry Forest School, Jay holds an AB in Religion from Princeton University and an MA in American Studies from College of William & Mary.

    MICDS, a private JK-12 nonprofit, independent, day school offering non-sectarian education, regardless of national origin, race or religion, was originally two separate, elite educational entities—St. Louis Country Day School and Mary Institute—that merged in 1992 to form a co-ed School that offered a multidisciplinary approach to education rooted in innovation. With 1,234 students, at MICDS, we strive each day to  prepare the whole person with the intellectual, social/emotional and leadership skills they need to be successful and positive contributors to a diverse, global and rapidly changing society.

     

  • Mounds Park Academy (St. Paul, MN)

    Jenn Milam Middle School Director, Appointed for 2019

    Dr. Jenn Milam joined the MPA community in mid-August as the interim Middle School director. Previously, she served as Director of Curriculum & Instructional Innovation at Old Trail School in Bath, OH. Jenn started her career as an Elementary Teacher in Houston and went on to hold various roles including Student Teaching Supervisor,  Research Assistant and Program Coordinator at Texas A&M University, Assistant Professor for Elementary Education at Louisiana State University, Strategic Inclusive Engagement Officer at University of Akron and Elementary Principal at Our Lady of Elms School.  Jenn holds a BS in Multidisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University and an M.Ed as well as a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.

    Mounds Park Academy founded in 1982, is an independent, PreK-12, co-educational, college preparatory day school in St. Paul, Minnesota, serving students from throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The school is accredited by and is a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. It is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and The College Board. The school is a 246,000-square-foot facility, on a campus of more than 32 acres.

  • University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago, IL)

    Priyanka Rupani Director of Diversity, Appointed for 2018

    Priyanka will transition to Chicago Lab Schools after a three-year tenure as Director of Diversity, Equity & Social Justice at Friends School of Baltimore. Priyanka has held various roles in her career including History Teacher at Mastery Charter Thomas Campus in Philadelphia, Task Force Member of NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference, Consultant for The Glasgow Group, and Mentor/Workshop Advisor Volunteer for Developing Independent Virtuous Adults (DIVA's) in Philadelphia.  An alumna of University of Chicago Lab Schools, Priyanka holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

    Learning by doing has guided the efforts of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools since Professor John Dewey first began testing his educational theories in 1896. Beginning with a handful of primary grade children from Hyde Park and growing to over 1770 students (nursery through grade 12) from throughout the metropolitan Chicago area, the Laboratory Schools have earned a well-deserved international reputation for excellence. Our mission is focused on students. We are more than just test scores and college admissions statistics. We are about learning well and complementing the work of one of the world’s premier institutions of higher learning, the University of Chicago.

  • University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Chicago, IL)

    Carla Ellis Assistant Head, Appointed for 2018

    A member of the US Peace Corps since 2010, Carla has been a Country Director for Suriname, Jamaica and Ghana engaging in organizational leadership, program transformation and volunteer leadership. Prior, she served as the Regional Director of Schools/Superintendent for Lighthouse Academies Charter Schools in Illinois. Carla began her career as a State Director for US Virgin Islands Department of Education. She has also worked as Associate Director for DePaul University Center for Urban Education in Chicago, High School Principal for New Leaders for New Schools & Noble Street Charter School in Chicago, and Inaugural High School Principal for DuSable Leadership Academy in Chicago. Carla holds a BS from Boston University, an M.Ed in Elementary Education from DePaul University, a M.Ed in Administration & Supervision from National Louis University and a Doctorate of Education from DePaul University!

    Learning by doing has guided the efforts of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools since Professor John Dewey first began testing his educational theories in 1896. Beginning with a handful of primary grade children from Hyde Park and growing to over 1770 students (nursery through grade 12) from throughout the metropolitan Chicago area, the Laboratory Schools have earned a well-deserved international reputation for excellence. Our mission is focused on students. We are more than just test scores and college admissions statistics. We are about learning well and complementing the work of one of the world’s premier institutions of higher learning, the University of Chicago.

  • Whitfield School (St. Louis, MO)

    Emily Klimek Institutional Advancement Directo, Appointed for 2017

    Emily joins Whitfield School after a five year tenure as Chief Development Officer at the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Prior to that she served for four years as the Director of development at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis.  She has also worked in Donor Relations and Development at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School as well as at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Emily holds a BA in English from Colgate University and an MA in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Whitfield School is an independent, coeducational college preparatory day school for grades 6–12, located on a 26–acre campus in suburban St. Louis. Whitfield cultivates ethical, confident, and successful students in a community of innovation, collaboration, and trust.

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