New England Leadership Appointments

  • Beacon Hill Nursery School (Boston, MA)

    Debra Sullivan Executive Director, Appointed for 2017

    Debra will join Beacon Hill Nursery School following a seven-year tenure as Assistant Head of Chestnut Hill School, also in Massachusetts. Previously, she taught at Chestnut Hill School and directed the early childhood programs at Beaver Country Day School. Debra herself is a graduate of Beaver Country Day, and holds a BA from College of the Holy Cross, an MA from Boston College, and an MS in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College.

    Beacon Hill Nursery School’s primary mission is to nurture its students’ innate curiosity and lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

  • Belmont Hill School (Belmont, MA)

    Gregory J. Schneider Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Gregory will join Belmont Hill School following an 11-year tenure as the Head of School at Berwick Academy in Maine. Prior to that appointment, he served for ten years as the Assistant Head of Rye Country Day School in New York. He has also taught and led in such schools as Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Phillips Exeter in New Hampshire. Additionally, Gregory completed an E.E. Ford NAIS Fellowship in New York in 2004. He holds an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a BA from Amherst College.

    Belmont Hill School educates boys in mind, body, and spirit to develop men of good character. Its community encourages and challenges students to discover and pursue passions, seek excellence, and face adversity with resilience. Valuing differences and working together, the school embraces camaraderie, compassion, and service to others.

  • Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge, MA)

    Charles Richard Athletic Director, Appointed for 2018

    Charles Richard will assume the role of Director of Athletics at BB&N after serving as Interim Director of Athletics since February, 2017. He has also served as Associate Athletic Trainer and Associate Director of Athletics respectively. Prior to BB&N, Charles served an eight-year tenure as the Athletic Trainer for Harvard University. He has also work as Head Athletic Trainer for Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts, Event & Game Management Intern for Boston College, and continues to serve as Sole Proprietor for an orthotics fabrication business. He holds a BA and an MA from Boston College, as well as a BA in Athletic Training from Salem State University.

    BB&N engages 995 boys and girls from Beginners (pre-K) through grade 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality, opening their minds to new possibilities while providing outstanding preparation for the next steps of their lives. BB&N sits on three separate campuses within Cambridge, MA.


  • Catholic Academy of Bridgeport (Bridgeport, CT )

    Angela Pohlen Executive Director, Appointed for 2019

    This fall Angela leaves Christ the King School of Burlington, VT where she has served as Principal since 2013 to become the next Executive Director for Catholic Academy.  Angela began her career in 1995 in Los Angeles where she spent a decade holding various Assistant roles in the Entertainment Industry, including the Drew Carey Show, Flying Tiger Films, and Fox Latin American Channel.  She entered the education world in 2005 where she was an Elementary Teacher at American Martyrs School in Manhattan Beach. After three years she transitioned to Vice Principal.  In 2010 she served three years as Principal of St. Mary's School in Middlebury, VT. Before starting at Christ the King she served a year as Interim Assistant Superintendent of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, VT. Angela holds a BA in Communications as well as an M.Ed in Catholic Inclusive Education both from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

    Serving 900 students from diverse backgrounds, the 4 campuses of the Catholic Academy of Bridgeport all share one common mission: to provide a superior education in a faith-filled learning environment that nurtures the whole child—mind, body and spirit. In each of the schools you’ll find high academic standards and expectations for all, small class sizes and personal attention from dedicated teachers, safe learning environments that foster kindness and respect, and a Christ-centered culture that shapes personal and moral character.

  • Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA)

    John Austin Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Deerfield Academy will welcome John Austin as its next Head of School in the fall of 2019. John leaves King's Academy in Jordan where he has served as Headmaster since 2010. Prior to that appointment he held a 23-year tenure at St. Andrew's School in Delaware where he served many roles including Coach, Teacher, Class Advisor, Department Chair, Associate Dean, Dean of Students and most recently Academic Dean. He has also held roles as an American Literature, Logic & Rhetoric Instructor at Columbia University and as a College Board Reader for the English Literature Advanced Placement Exam in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English, John holds a BA from Williams College and an MA and Ph.D from Columbia University.

    Founded in 1797, Deerfield Academy is one of the premier independent schools in the country. As a co-educational boarding and day school, on a 280 acre campus in historic Deerfield, MA, Deerfield prepares talented students for highly selective colleges and lives of leadership and service. Deerfield is a school where the style, tone, and character of the Academy are shaped in large part by its traditions. The Academy’s 630 students live and learn in an atmosphere of warmth and support, which is to a great degree derived from the friendships among students and with the faculty.


  • Esperanza Academy (Lawrence, MA)

    Jadihel Taveras Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Jadihel comes to Esperanza Academy after serving two years as Dean of Multicultural Education, teacher, coach and advisor at The Governors Academy in Byfield, MA.  Previously, he served as the Associate Dean of Students at The Putney School in Vermont. There he also severed as an Advisor, Coach, Dorm Parent, and Seminar Instructor.  Jadihel began his career as a Program Manager for the Foundation of Sustainable Development in Bolivia. Before transitioning to Independent Schools he designed and created a study abroad program based on social identity through music, religion and race in the contemporary Dominican Republic. He holds a BA in Political Science from Siena College in New York and an MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont.

    Esperanza Academy is a tuition free, independent middle school in the Episcopal tradition welcoming girls of diverse faiths, races and cultures from Lawrence, Massachusetts. The school is 100% privately funded and replies on the generosity of its donors. Students are admitted through a lottery to ensure all girls have an equal opportunity to access the exceptional education provided by the school. The four years that our girls spend on campus at Esperanza, from the ages of 10-14, are a time of tremendous physical, emotional, personal, and academic growth.

  • French-American School of Rhode Island (Providence, RI)

    Christophe Bonnet Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Christophe previously served a six-year tenure as Head of Austin International School in Texas. Prior to that appointment, he served as Lower School Head at French-American School of New York and French American School of Puget Sound. He began his career in education teaching in France's public schools, before relocating to Portland, OR where he served as teacher and Asst. Lower School Head. Christophe holds a BA in French Literature and French as a Second Language, and an MA in Mathematical Economics from the Toulouse School of Economics.

    The French-American School of RI is accredited by the French Government and the Rhode Island Board of Education. Its French immersion program runs from Pre-school through Kindergarten, and the bilingual program from grades 1 through 8.

  • King School (Stamford, CT)

    Micah Hauben Dean of Athletics, Appointed for 2017

    Micah will join King School following an eight-year tenure as Director of Athletics and Club Sports at Needham High School in Massachusetts. He began his independent school career as Director of Boys' Athletics, a health & wellness teacher, and basketball coach at Germantown Friends School in Pennsylvania. Micah holds a BBA in Sport Management from George Washington University, and n MS in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    King School is dedicated to preparing its students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Using rich and innovative methods, teachers facilitate each student’s fullest academic and personal achievement and champion the development of character, self-confidence, and talent through challenging intellectual, creative, athletic, leadership, and service opportunities.

  • Nantucket New School (Nantucket, MA)

    Todd Eveleth Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Todd Eveleth will join Nantucket New School after nearly 18 years at the Fessenden School in West Newton, MA. There, he began his career as a teacher and worked his way through several roles including Football, Hockey and Lacrosse Coach, English Department Chair, Dean of Students and Upper School Division Head. Before beginning at Fessenden he was a Faculty Member at Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire where he taught English and History, served as Director of Yearbook, Dormitory Head and Coach. Prior to entering the world of education Todd served as a Journalist and Freelance Writer for Messenger Wolfe Publishing in Rochester, NY. A recipient of the Wheeler Family Award for Teaching in 2010, Todd holds a MS in Journalism from Syracuse University and a BA in English from University of New Hampshire.

    The Nantucket New School is a co-educational day school serving students in pre-school through grade eight. Within a family-centered school community, our program encourages academic excellence, respects the pace of childhood, and seeks to instill in our students curiosity, creativity, kindness and a lifelong love of learning. We believe that a small school is uniquely equipped to meet the individual needs of students and their families. A low student/teacher ratio provides opportunities for us consistently to recognize each student as a person and as a learner. Essential to our success are strong student/teacher relationships, as well as partnerships between teachers and parents, creating a family atmosphere where students of different ages are able to interact cooperatively on a regular basis. We believe in and are committed to purposeful involvement in the unique community that is Nantucket and seek to build a student body that reflects the changing diversity of the island.

  • New Canaan Country School (New Canaan, CT)

    Aaron Cooper Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    New Canaan Country School will welcome Aaron Cooper in the summer of 2018 as its next Head of School. Aaron leaves The Elisabeth Morrow School where he served as the Head of School since 2012. Aaron began working at the school in 2003 as the Dean of Students before filling the role of the Assistant Head of School in 2009. Prior to his experience at The Elisabeth Morrow School, Aaron worked as an educator at the Peck School (Morristown, NJ) and the Germantown Friends School (Philadelphia, PA), and served as the Associate Director at A Better Chance (ABC) House (Ardmore, PA). Aaron holds a Master of Education in Private School Leadership from the Columbia University Teachers College (New York, NY), a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from the Columbia University Teachers College (New

    New Canaan Country School is an independent, co-educational day school for students from Age 3 to Grade 9 from Fairfield and Westchester counties.

  • New Canaan Country School (New Canaan, CT)

    Alexander Wellman Upper School Head, Appointed for 2017

    Alex will join New Canaan Country School following a nine-year tenure at Greens Farms Academy, where he has served as a teacher, admissions officer, and grade dean since 2008. He began his career as a teacher at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. Alex is an alumnus of Providence Day School, and holds a BA in English and Spanish Literature as well as an MA in English Literature from Middlebury College.

    New Canaan Country School,  a private, coeducational, independent school for students PK-9, guides students to reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential. The school values the imagination and curiosity of children and respects childhood as an integral part of life.

  • Northfield Mount Hermon School (Northfield, MA)

    Brian Hargrove Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Brian will be NMH's new Head of School starting Summer 2019. He leaves Mercersburg Academy in PA where he has served as Assistant Head of School for Advancement, and Assistant Head of School for Advancement & Communications respectively since 2012. Previously, he served as Director of Development at St. Mark's School of Texas from 2004-2012 and Associate Director of Capital Giving at Gettysburg College from 1993 to 1999. Prior to entering the world of Independent Schools he held several roles in the private sector and for-profit world including Analyst for Wildgrove Incorporated, Vice President & Partner for Heyman Associates, Founder of Earth Yard Company and Account Executive for PCI Data Company.  Brian holds a BA from Gettysburg College, an MBA from Texas State University, and an M.Ed from University of Pennsylvania.

    Northfield Mount Hermon School, commonly referred to as NMH, is a co-educational college-preparatory school for 655 boarding and day students in grades 9–12 and postgraduates from 58 different countries. NMH is a selective school with an acceptance rate of 32%. The school is located on 215 acres the banks of the Connecticut River, with the majority of the campus being located within the towns of Bernardston, Northfield and Gill, Massachusetts.



  • Notre Dame Academy (Worcester, MA)

    Kathryn Barr Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Kathryn Barr will transition to Head of School at Notre Dame Academy after a year as the Interim Head. Prior to that appointment she served as Head of School at the Maine Girls Academy in Portland for four years. She began her career in education as a Founding Director of the First Presbyterian Church Children's Center in Tennessee. She then moved to Head of Lower School at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School in Tennessee. Katheryn has also been the Head of School at Highlands School in Birmingham, AL and an Educational and Leadership Coach in the UAE for the Abu Dhabi Education Council. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Rhodes College, and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis.

    Notre Dame Academy is a college preparatory school for young women grades 7-12, built on the belief that education should prepare students for their role as Christian women. We wish to provide Notre Dame students with the opportunity to become more aware of what is happening in their lives and to assume responsibility for themselves and their communities. In order to learn to make responsible choices, our students have the freedom to learn in a school dedicated to high academic standards, and to involve themselves in the community, both utilizing its resources and serving its people.

  • Notre Dame Academy (Hingham, MA)

    Annemarie Kenneally President, Appointed for 2018

    Annemarie will join Notre Dame Academy as their new President after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer at Archbishop Williams High School for the 2017-18 school year. Prior to that appointment she served a five-year tenure as Manager of Financial Practices and Compliance Services at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Annemarie began her career as a Corporate Internal Audit Supervisor at The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation in NY. She then transitioned to Audit Manager at Price Waterhouse in Boston. She has also served as Senior Analyst and Manager of Executive Compensation at The Boston Consulting Group. A graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Annemarie holds a BA in Economics & Accounting from The College of the Holy Cross.

    Notre Dame Academy is an all girls, vibrant, Catholic, college-preparatory learning community, sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The Academy guides young women in their personal faith formation, challenges students to pursue academic excellence, and encourages social responsibility on behalf of global justice. Notre Dame Academy has 600 young women in grades 9-12 on a 68-acre campus that includes three athletic fields, an eight-lane track with Lynx timing technology, and five tennis courts.

  • Renbrook School (West Hartford, CT)

    Matthew Sigrist Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Renbrook School will welcome Matthew Sigrist in the summer of 2019 as its next Head of School. Sigrist leaves the Norfolk Academy (Norfolk, VA) where he has served as the Middle School Director since 2014. Sigrist began his career in education at Delbarton School (Morristown, NJ) where he taught Middle School Algebra and Economics before being appointed as the Head of Upper School at The Peck School (Morristown, NJ). Sigrist holds a Master of Arts degree in Education Leadership from Columbia University-Teachers College (New York, NY) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Williams College (Williamstown, MA).

    Renbrook School prepares your Preschool to Grade 8 child for success at secondary school and beyond. At Renbrook, your child’s education will be characterized by small classes and personal attention from faculty members. With about 200 students in each of our Lower and Upper Schools from over 40 towns and cities including Simsbury, Farmingoton, Avon and West Hartford, class sizes of 10–15 are typical.

  • Saint John’s High School (Shrewsbury, MA)

    Margaret Granados Principal, Appointed for 2017

    Maggie will join Saint John's High School following a four-year tenure as Asst. Head of School at Wardlaw-Hartridge School in NJ. Previously, she served as Head of Montclair Cooperative School. Prior to that appointment, she was also Lower School Head at Shipley School, and Admissions Director and Lower School Head at Berkeley Carroll School. Maggie holds a BA in Political Science from College of the Holy Cross, and an MA in Elementary Education from Columbia University.

    Saint John’s High School is a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School. A Saint John’s Catholic education is rooted in the commitment of the Xaverian Brothers to bring Christ to life in young men.

  • Saint Patrick Academy (Portsmouth, NH)

    James Melone Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Saint Patrick Academy will welcome James Melone in the summer of 2019 as its next Head of School. James leaves St. Gabriel’s Catholic School (Austin, TX) where he served as the Head of Middle School since 2012. Prior to his time at St. Gabriel’s, James began his career as a teacher working first at St. Gertrude School (Bell Gardens, CA) before moving on to St. Austin Catholic School (Austin, TX) and then to St. Mary’s Catholic School (Temple, TX) where he served as Principal for four years. James holds a Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Creighton University (Omaha, NE), a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN), and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Anselm College (Manchester, NH).

    Saint Patrick Academy in Portsmouth, NH is a Catholic school that fosters a love for the good, the true, and the beautiful. Students in preschool through eighth grade receive a truly joyful, and holistic private education.

  • The Maine Girls’ Academy (Portland, ME)

    Amy Jolly Head of School, Appointed for 2017

    Amy joins The Maine Girls' Academy following a nine year tenure as Admissions Director at the Fenn School in Massachusetts. Previously, she served as Admissions Director at Oakcrest School in Virginia. Prior to her career in education, Amy worked in telecommunications for many years. Amy holds a BA in Political Science from The American University in Washington, D.C.

    The Maine Girls’ Academy blends innovation with the best of tradition and bases its decisions on the current research about how girls learn, develop and thrive. As the state’s only all-girls’ school, The Academy educates girls to be confident thinkers, compassionate leaders and purposeful change makers.

  • Tower School (Marblehead, MA)

    Serena Wilkie Gifford Head of School, Appointed for 2019

    Tower will welcome Serena this fall as their next Head of School. She leaves Shady Hill School (MA) where she has served a 16-year tenure. First serving as a Teacher, Middle School Gradehead and member of the Curricular Planning Committee, in 2008 she transitioned to Head of the Lower School. Previously she served as President of Cambridge Nursery School (MA) from 2001-2003. Serena has also held roles as Assistant to the Lower School and History/English Teacher at The Nightingale-Bamford School (NY) and History/English Teacher at The Brearley School (NY). Serena holds an A.B. in American Literature from Brown University and an M.Ed in Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

    Tower School is an independent, co-educational day school for 247 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 8, located in Marblehead, Mass. Tower teaches students to think critically and creatively, to develop joyful curiosity, to embrace challenge and apply their knowledge with confidence, and to thrive within a community rich with diverse perspectives and talents.


  • Westminster School (Simsbury, CT)

    Miles Bailey Dean of Admissions , Appointed for 2018

    Miles Bailey will join Westminster School after a 14-year tenure as Director of Financial Aid & Associate Director of Admissions at Milton Academy. Miles began his career at Milton in 2002 as a Gift and Data Entry Coordinator as well as a coach for Basketball and Lacrosse. Additionally at Milton, he has worked as a Teacher, Assistant to Athletic Director, House Parent and an Advisor Committee Member. Miles holds a BA in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, and he Graduated from Westminster School in 1994.

    Westminster School enjoys a reputation as one of the finest college-preparatory schools in the country. The challenging academic program, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, prepares boys and girls in grades 9-12 and postgraduate for academic success and the rigors of college while cultivating in them a love of learning that becomes a lifelong habit. Westminster School is a diverse, close-knit community of 95 faculty and 390 students (70% boarding, 30% day students) from across the country and around the world. Nearly one third of the students receive financial aid from the $5.1 million awarded each year. On its 200-acre north-central Connecticut campus, the school is a place where scholarship, citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership thrive. Set in a small New England town north of Hartford, Westminster is walking distance from Simsbury’s vibrant town center, is convenient to both New York City and Boston, and is just twenty minutes from Bradley International Airport.

  • Whitby School (Greenwich, CT)

    Jason Anklowitz Head of School, Appointed for 2018

    Jason Anklowitz will join Whitby School after a five year tenure as Associate Head at Carlthorp School in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to that appointment he spent seven years at the International School of Trieste in Italy where he began as a middle school teacher and then transitioned to Head of School. Jason has been a classroom teacher for grades Kindergarten to Grade 5 in public, private and independent schools both nation and world wide. Named UCLA Anderson Merit Fellow in 2016, he holds a BA from George Washington University, an Ed.M from Harvard University and a MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

    The Whitby School was founded in 1958 as a day school for children between the ages of three through fourteen. The founders, a group of Roman Catholic parents, sought to create a lay-directed, co-educational school “organized to teach and educated children, and to conduct and maintain a school for children utilizing the method of education know as the “Montessori Method.” This was at a time when Maria Montessori’s ideas about education were being re-examined in the United States. Whitby’s founding head, Nancy Rambusch, was the driving force behind the resurgence of interest in Montessori education. Through that interest Whitby was founded as the First American Montessori School in the United States.

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