What’s Next?

Last month, I announced to my school community that I would retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year. Articulating this long-anticipated intention in public fashion elicited a range of... Read More »

The Challenge of a Big Tent

I have never been so happy to be head of an Episcopal School. Our school, in the tradition of Episcopal Schools, articulates that tradition through three key ideas: inquiry, the basis of our program;... Read More »

Knowing God; Knowing Ourselves

I have been in education for over 30 years. I’ve been fortunate because I have worked with great students and wonderful colleagues: ambitious, caring, grateful, and generous. To give you an... Read More »

Lessons from the Historic Saint James

Saint James School in St. James, Maryland, is celebrating its 175th Anniversary. It is a model Episcopal boarding school operating at full capacity. Though the school located sixty-five minutes... Read More »

February: The Darkest Month

December’s winter solstice ushers in longer days and welcome light. But in schools, February is darkest month. Even as we celebrate the coming of the Magi, teachers are bracing for that long... Read More »

Rethinking Readiness

As I commented to the parents of Saint Mary’s School a few weeks ago, this time of year is all about preparation. There’s shopping, cooking, packing, wrapping, writing, singing, decorating, calling, cleaning, visiting, and baking. If you’re somehow involved in the school community, add more performances, exam writing, exam taking, studying, grading, and more to the ever-growing list. All this preparation, and all this talk about preparation, is in many ways well placed for a number of reasons. Few things happen overnight. Learning how to prepare for a big task by breaking it down in to small steps is an invaluable life skill that we hope to teach the young people in our care. Read More »


Episcopal Schools often cast a wide net, drawing in families from a variety of backgrounds — different races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, family structures, to name a few. Of course,... Read More »