Southeastern Leadership Appointments

  • Altamont School (Birmingham, AL)

    Christopher Durst Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Chris Durst Joins The Altamont School after serving 18 years at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia as Upper School Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal and Upper School Principal respectively. He began his career as a teacher and a coach at the Columbus Academy in Ohio. He then transitioned to The Alexander Dawson School of Lafayette, CO where he assumed multiple positions including Varsity Boys’ Basketball and Soccer Coach, Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics and Dean of Students. An NAIS School of Leadership Institute Fellow, Chris also has a BA and an MA from Ohio State University.

    The Altamont School is a coeducational, traditional college preparatory independent day school enrolling students in grades 5-12. Altamont is located on the crest of Red Mountain in a secluded residential neighborhood five minutes from downtown Birmingham. There, students use their education to benefit the community, think globally and act locally on issues affecting the environment, the arts, public health, and other social issues. Altamont was established in 1975 through the merger of the Birmingham University School (BUS), founded in 1922, and the Brooke Hill School, founded in 1940 as the College Preparatory School for Girls.

  • Asheville School (Asheville, NC)

    Robert McArthur Asst. Head for Operations, Appointed for 2017

    Robert will join Asheville School following a four-year tenure as Chief Financial Officer at Carolina Day School, also located in Asheville, NC. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Ransom Everglades School in Florida, as well as at St. Paul’s School in Maryland. Robert’s early career saw him in financial management roles at for-profit tech companies including IBM and Apple. He holds both a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Virginia Tech.

    Asheville School prepares high school students with an education for a lifetime. A rigorous academic experience,  a rich tradition and code of honor, and a close-knit community define the Asheville experience.

  • Crosstown High School (Mooresville, NC)

    Chris Terrill Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Chris will join Crosstown High School following a decade-long tenure as Founding Principal of Oasis High School and Oasis Middle School in Florida. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Academies of Excellence in Daytona Beach, and Principal of two Florida public schools. Chris holds a BS in Elementary Education from Friends University, and an MS in School Leadership from Baker University.

    Crosstown High School will be a public charter school, opening in August 2018 with approximately 125 9th graders, and ultimately serving 500 students in grades 9-12. It will prepare students for college, career, and life through personalized learning plans and project-based learning; exposure to a diverse community; and critical relationships with our community partners in Crosstown Concourse and beyond.

  • Greensboro Montessori School (Greensboro, NC)

    Kevin Navarro Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Kevin will join Greensboro Montessori School following a twelve-year tenure as Assistant Head of the College School in Missouri. He began his career at the College School in 1997 as a middle school teacher, and was appointed Assistant Head in 2005. Kevin holds a BA in Developmental Psychology from Carleton College, an MAT from Webster University, and a PhD in Character Education and Democratic School Governance from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.

    At The Greensboro Montessori School, children and their families share in a stimulating and nurturing educational experience, built upon the core values of respect, independence, and responsibility. Teachers tailor the classroom experience to each child’s developmental needs, allowing the child to pace herself and simultaneously discover the joy of learning as its own reward.

  • Harpeth Hall School, Chief Financial Officer (Nashville, TN)

    Thomas Murphy Director of Finance & Operations, Appointed for 2017

    Tom will join Harpeth Hall following a thirteen-year tenure as Director of Finance & Operations at Brookwood School in MA. Previously, he served as Finance Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School in Kansas City. Tom holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri at Columbia, and an MBA in Finance and Management from Rockhurst University.

    For nearly 60 years, Harpeth Hall has educated girls who become leaders in their careers and in their communities. It offers its young women not only equal opportunity, but every opportunity, and cultivates a love of learning, a commitment to honor and integrity, and the leadership skills they will need for life in the 21st century.

  • Harpeth Hall School, Upper School Head (Nashville, TN)

    Elizabeth Armistead Lemon Upper School Head, Appointed for 2017

    Armistead has been at Harpeth Hall since she first became a teacher in 2005. She has served as a chair and leader on various committees and initiatives including efforts surrounding diversity, accreditation, and curriculum development. She was appointed English Department Chair in 2016. Armistead is an alumna of North Cross School and holds a BA in English from Washington & Lee University, an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University in 2008.

    For nearly 60 years, Harpeth Hall has educated girls who become leaders in their careers and in their communities. It offers its young women not only equal opportunity, but every opportunity, and cultivates a love of learning, a commitment to honor and integrity, and the leadership skills they will need for life in the 21st century.

  • Hillel Academy of Tampa (Tampa, Fl)

    Allison Oakes Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Allison will join Hillel Academy of Tampa following a four-year tenure as Head of The Lerner School in North Carolina. She began her career in education as a teacher in the New York Public Schools. From there she went on to teach at Temple Beth Torah and then transitioned to Florida Public Schools as a Program Director and Department Chair. Since then, Allison has been the Head at both Solomon Schechter Day School in Florida and Eleanor Kolitz Academy in Texas. She holds a BA and an M.Ed in Elementary Education from University of Florida.

    The Hillel School of Tampa is a Jewish Community Day School offering excellence in general and Jewish studies for children from Transitional K through 8th grade. We focus on strengthening values in our entire school community, students, staff, Board and families. Our 10-acre park like campus features three beautifully equipped buildings for lower, intermediate and upper school students as well as a sate of the art computer lab, library, soccer and softball fields, basketball pavilion and large playground. All students have classes in modern Hebrew language, Judaic studies, P.E., art, music and technology. In addition to our challenging general studies curriculum, Hillel has launched innovative programs in robotics and pod casting. Hillel School, education at its best guided by Jewish values.

  • Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (Atlanta, GA)

    Isabel Eliaschev Lower School Principal, Appointed for 2018

    Isa comes to HIES after a five-year tenure as Early Childhood Director at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, CA. Prior to this appointment she served as Pre-K teacher and Department Coordinator respectively for ten years at Gulliver Schools in Miami, FL. She has also served as a Physical Education teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School in Miami, Fl and currently volunteers at the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, CA as a teacher for teenagers and adults in low-income areas of Marin County. Isa holds a BS in Business and Finance Administration from New York University, an M.Ed from University of Phoenix and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from San Francisco State University.

    Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School is one of the nation’s largest Episcopal schools, enrolling 1,376 students in grades Pre-K 3-12. In a uniquely vibrant learning community, filled with encouragement and every imaginable opportunity, students are able to explore their talents, pursue their passions, and achieve their full potential. HIES offers an educational program encompassing academics, arts, athletics, and spiritual formation. Through opportunities to grow intellectually, spiritually, physically, and emotionally, students develop their individual worth and dignity. The challenging academic program prepares students for higher education and emphasizes learning as a pathway toward ethical leadership and a commitment to the common good.

  • James River Day School (Lynchburg, VA)

    Peter Twadell Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Peter will join James River Day School following a ten-year tenure at Tower School in Massachusetts, where he has served in turn as Middle School Head, Technology Director, Faculty Dean, and Associate Head of School. He began his career as a teacher in Vermont public schools. He taught at Garrison Forest School and served as Assistant Middle School Head of McDonogh School before being appointed at Tower. Peter holds a BA from Tulane University and an MEd from Endicott College.

    James River Day School cherishes children and challenges them to become scholars, leaders, and citizens for the 21st century, in a community of academic excellence.

  • King’s Ridge Christian School (Alpharetta, GA)

    Jeff Williams Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Jeff is currently finishing an eight-year tenure as Head of Second Baptist School in Houston. He has been as Second Baptist School since he began his career in education, serving first as a Counselor, then Upper School Head and Middle School Head. He began his career as a psychologist. Jeff holds a BA from Houston Baptist University, an MA in Counseling from Denver Seminary, and an EdD in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.

    King’s Ridge Christian School offers a broader experience, with a 21st Century Christian education supported by a staff who integrate faith in the classroom, on the stage, field and court.

  • Louise S. McGehee School (New Orleans, LA )

    Kimberly Field-Marvin Head of School , Appointed for 2018

    Kim will join Louise S. McGehee School after serving as the Director of Communications and Upper & Middle School Division Head at Marymount School of New York respectively since 2013. Prior, Kim held roles from 1998 to 2010 as Founding Teacher, Advisor and School Counselor at Maple Street School in Manchester, VT. She started her career as a researcher and writer for the New York Legislative Commission on Transportation. From there she transitioned in to the education world as Assistant Development Director and Publications Editor at Buxton School in MA. An NAIS inspiring Heads Fellow of 2009, Kim holds a BA in English from Siena College, an M.Ed from Castleton State College, an MA in English from Middlebury College and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership from University of Pennsylvania

    Louise S. McGehee School was founded in 1912 as a college preparatory school for young women. Located in the historic Garden District, McGehee currently enrolls 516 girls from Pre-K through 12th grade.

  • Lovett School (Atlanta, GA)

    Meredyth Moredock Cole Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Meredyth joins The Lovett School following a five-year tenure as Head at the Episcopal School of Dallas. She began her career at The Madeira School in McLean, VA as an Admissions Associate in 1989 and there worked her way through many roles; Assistant Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of Enrollment and Marketing, Acting Director of Advancement and Constituent Relations and finally serving as Assistant Head of School from 2006 to 2013.  An NAIS EE Ford Fellow, Meredyth holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MS in Educational Leadership from The University of New England.

    The Lovett School was established in 1926 by Mrs. Eva Edwards Lovett, an innovative educator who emphasized the development of the whole child. Our mission is to graduate young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom and prepare them to succeed in college and as responsible citizens of the world. We support this mission by offering our students integrated experiences in academics, arts, athletics, and service. Through these experiences, we seek to develop the whole child. As a college-preparatory institution, our coursework is strong, and creative and critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and a love of learning are major objectives.

  • New Garden Friends School (Greensboro, NC)

    Kim Freedman Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Kim is currently serving as Acting Head of New Garden Friends School. She has been Director of Admissions & Enrollment at the school since 2014. Previously, she was a consultant and freelance writer, as well as a partner in her own sales and marketing firm. Kim holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

    The New Garden Friends School community includes a diverse group of students and adults who value progressive, spirit-led education.

  • New Hope Christian Academy (Memphis, TN)

    Lionel Cabel, Jr. Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    New Hope Christian Academy will welcome Lionel Cable, Jr. this summer after serving two years as Instructional Leadership Director at Shelby Country Schools. Prior to that appointment he served from 2011-2016 as Principal at Douglass School in Memphis, TN. Lionel began his career in 2001 as a Teacher in Memphis City Schools. In 2006 he assumed the role of Assistant Principal at White Station Middle School, also in Memphis.  He holds a BA and an MS from the University of Memphis and an Ed.S from Union University in Germantown, TN.

    Serving over 400 children from three-years-old to sixth grade, New Hope Christian Academy is rooted in the heart of the Frayser community of Memphis and built upon the core ideas of teaching, learning, and discipleship. New Hope is an active member of various regional independent school associations (including MAIS, TAIS and SAIS) and is accredited by AdvancEd and SAIS. New Hope Christian Academy is an urban, college-preparatory elementary school providing students with a challenging intellectual and Christ-centered education.

  • Oak Hill School (Nashville, TN)

    Hartwell Roper Jr. Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Hart Roper will join Oak Hill School after three years at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Associate Director of Development. Hart began his career at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C, serving as a 6th Grade Teacher and Coach. He spent ten years at St. Albans transitioning from teaching and coaching to Lower School Dean and finally Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. He holds a BA in History from Davidson College and and MA in Educational Leadership from The Klingenstein Center at Columbia University.

    Oak Hill School is a coeducational, nondenominational, independent school serving approximately 500 students in PreK through sixth grade. It is Oak Hill School’s mission to build character and integrity in a Christian environment for a lifetime of learning and service. As an independent school, Oak Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of community leaders, parents, alumni, and past parents.

  • Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, FL)

    Ralph Maurer Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Ralph Maurer will join Oxbridge Academy after a four year tenure as Headmaster at The International School Nido De Aguilas in Santiago Chili. Prior to that appointment he served five years as a faculty member at the Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. He began his career as a consultant in Palo Alto, CA at Daimler-Benz Research and Technology. From there he transitioned to the Executive Director at the New Orleans Startup Fund. Before finally entering the world of education he founded a boutique strategy consulting firm, EMH Strategy in New Orleans. Ralph holds a BS in Communications from Northwestern University, an MBA from University of Florida, and a Ph.D in Management Science and Engineering from Stamford University.

    Founded in 2011 on it’s 5 acre campus, Oxbridge Academy’s missions is to inspire wisdom through learning in an environment that fosters inquiry, collaboration, innovation, and personal discovery. Oxbridge Academy commits to being a community characterized by civility, respect, and trust; a school that fosters the virtues of discipline, perseverance, and responsibility. At the beginning of each school year, new students sign the Honor Book, inking their commitment, to the pledge: “As a member of Oxbridge Academy, I commit to act responsibly and with honor and integrity on and off campus.”

  • Pine School (Hobe Sound, FL)

    Binney Caffrey Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Binney is currently finishing an eight year tenure as Dean of Studies at Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA. She began her career at Bishop’s School as a teacher, and left to teach at National Cathedral School in DC for a year before returning to Bishop’s as the school’s Asst. Student Life Dean, Student Life Dean,  and eventually Dean of Studies. She began her teaching career at Phillips Exeter Academy in NH, of which she herself is a graduate. Binney holds a BA from Williams College and an MA in Economics from the University of California in San Diego.

    Pine School is a traditional, non-sectarian, pre-collegiate Pre K through Tenth Grade day school that is committed to preparing students for life in the twenty first century.

  • Potomac School ( McLean, VA)

    Douglas McLane Upper School Head, Appointed for 2017

    Doug will join Potomac School following a four-year tenure as Upper School Head at Saddle River Day School in NJ. Also in NJ, he enjoyed a long tenure at Princeton Day School, where he served as a teacher, grade dean, Student Activities Director, and Student Dean. He began his career as a teacher in New York’s public schools, and also directed the Abbey Road Overseas Program’s summer school in Los Angeles. Doug holds a BA in Spanish Education from Hartwick College, and an MS in Educational Leadership from University of Pennsylvania.

    The Potomac School prepares students K-12 to achieve academically and to live healthy, principled, and successful lives. Its expansive wooded campus just 3 miles from DC provides opportunities for outdoor learning and an emphasis on environmental stewardship.

  • Riverside Presbyterian Day School (Jacksonville, FL)

    Ben Ketchum Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Ben will join Riverside Presbyterian following a seven-year tenure as Middle School Head at National Presbyterian School in Washington, DC. Previously, he served as Principal of Holy Redeemer Catholic School and as a teacher and Asst. Principal of St. Ann’s Academy, also in DC. He began his teaching career at Holy Rosary Catholic School in Jacksonville, FL. Ben holds both a BA in Economics and an MA in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame, as well as an MAT from the University of Portland.

    Riverside Presbyterian Day School provides students PK – 6 with a carefully planned academic program within a supportive environment where respect for the individual, community, and Christian values are promoted.

  • Riverside School (Richmond, VA)

    Hal Waller Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Hal is currently finishing a three-year tenure as Lower School Head at Veritas School, also in Richmond. He began his teaching career at the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, where he would later return to serve as a Department Chair and Chief Development Officer. He has also taught and led at American Community School of Athens, John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, and TASIS-American School in England. Hal holds a BA from Washington & Lee University and both an MA and EdS from the University of Virginia.

    Riverside School aims to meet the educational needs of students in grades K-8 with dyslexia and similar language-based differences. Small classes, individualized curriculum, one-on-one instruction, and a nurturing environment are all hallmarks of Riverside School.

  • Sagemont School (Weston, FL)

    Robert Mockrish Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Rob joins Sagemont School following a five-year tenure at Raffles American School in Malaysia. Previously, he served as Superintendent of Cairo American College in Egypt. He has also served as Director at International School of Phnom Penh, International Community School of Abidjan, and American Embassy School in New Delhi. He began his career as a teacher at Canadian Academy in Japan, where he was eventually appointed Middle School Head. Rob holds both a BS and MA from Furman University, as well as a PhD in Educational Leadership from Union Institute and University. He completed a Columbia University Klingenstein Fellowship in 2009.

    The Sagemont School, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS,) is a respected college preparatory school located in Broward County, Florida. The school offers a rigorous academic curriculum and operates two campuses in the beautiful city of Weston.

  • Saint Mary’s School (Raleigh, NC)

    Brendan O'Shea Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Brendan will join Saint Mary’s School following a thirteen-year tenure as the Head of Charleston Day School in South Carolina. Prior to that appointment, he served in succession as Asst. Admissions Director, Admissions Director, and Asst. Head at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. Brendan holds a BA and MEd from the University of Virginia.

    Saint Mary’s School, a community dedicated to academic excellence and personal achievement, prepares young women for college and life while inspiring them to discover their talents, pursue their passions, and achieve their personal best.

  • St. Anne’s-Belfield School (Charlottesville, VA)

    Shannon Montague Head of The Learning Village, Appointed for 2017

    Shannon will join St. Anne’s-Belfield School following a four-year tenure at Bryn Mawr School, where she served as Middle School Dean of Students, Drama Coordinator, and Middle School Technology Integrator. Previously, she taught at St. Alban’s School in DC and Bullis School in MD. Shannon holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and an MA in Educational Leadership from Columbia University.

    For more than 100 years, St. Anne’s-Belfield School has provided students with a multi-dimensional education experience that encourages them to grow into compassionate, engaged citizens. Students supported in their unique interests and initiatives and counted as valued members of a diverse community.

  • St. Christopher’s School (Richmond, VA)

    Benita Griffin Lower School Head, Appointed for 2018

    Benita Griffin joins St. Christopher’s after two years as Assistant Head and Lower School Director of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School in San Mateo, CA. Prior to that appointment she served two years as Teaching and Learning Coordinator at PS 1 Pluralistic School in Santa Monica, CA. Previously she severed a five-year tenure as Lower School Head of Derby Academy in Hingham, MA. Benita also has teaching experience at Paul A. Denver School in Boston, MA, Friends School Haverford in Haverford, PA and Springside School in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a BA from Hunter College in New York and and M.Ed from University of Massachusetts in Boston, MA.

    St. Christopher’s School, PK-12, prepares a talented and diverse group of boys for college and for life in an ever-changing world. Through a rigorous academic program and a supportive community experience, the School fosters personal integrity and honor, the achievement of each boy’s full potential, love of learning, spiritual growth, respect for others, leadership, and civic responsibility. St. Christopher’s strives for excellence and seeks to make an enduring difference in the lives of its boys.

  • St. Martin’s Episcopal School (Atlanta, GA)

    Luis Ottley Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Luis will join St. Martin’s Episcopal School following a six-year tenure as Head of Marin Horizon School in California. Previously, he served as Middle School Head of Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, as well as at University Preparatory Academy in Seattle. Luis began his career as a teacher at West Nottingham Academy in Colorado, before becoming Asst. Admissions Director at Bullis School and later, Asst. Lower School Head at Shipley School. Luis holds a BS from Allegheny College, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.

    St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a coeducational day school serving students from 3 years old through 8th grade. The cornerstone of St. Martin’s philosophy is expressed in the school motto, “Quality Education in a Loving Environment.”

  • Woodberry Forest School (Woodberry Forest, VA)

    Rev. Tyler L. Montgomery Chaplain, Appointed for 2018

    Woodberry Forest School appoints Rev. Tyler Montgomery as their new Chaplain after four years as Chaplain of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to that appointment Tyler served as Spanish Teacher, Coach and Dorm Parent at the Asheville School in North Carolina. He has also held roles as Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica, Assistant Admissions Officer at the Asheville School and Coach and Development Intern at St. Andrew’s School in Delaware. Tyler holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Divinity from Yale University.

    Woodberry Forest School is an exceptional boarding school community for motivated boys in grades nine through twelve. The School was founded in 1889 on a central Virginia farm originally owned by the family of President James Madison. Today the stunning, 1200-acre campus attracts students from all over the nation and around the world. The academic and athletic facilities, some classic and others state-of-the-art, rival those at many small colleges. Woodberry Forest offers all of the amenities essential in a quality residential community and a location convenient to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.

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