I just wanted to let you know that I have finally arrived in Middletown! We packed up our two cats (Reuben and Stella), two dogs (Bozley and Wrigley), and eight hours later were stretching our legs on Silver Lake Road. My family and I arrived on the evening of the 4th of July and actually got to see some of the fireworks. I am so excited and proud to be here and very much looking forward to meeting with you. This spring, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days on campus, and thoroughly enjoyed each moment. Quite honestly, visiting classrooms, sitting in on a few meetings and taking part in Culture Day made it quite difficult to focus when I returned to North Carolina. It was a warm and welcoming experience, leaving me even more anxious to join the Heron Family.
As this transition process begins, I understand that change can impact individuals and a community in a variety of ways. Change can sometimes make us anxious, eliciting many questions and concerns about what is unknown. Through communication and collaboration we will see a St. Anne’s Episcopal School that continues to thrive. It is obvious that as a newcomer there is much to learn about this wonderful school.
I look forward to taking the time to get a feel for and an understanding of the school culture. While this will not happen immediately, I am convinced that with community support, a strong and sustainable bond will be formed.
I recently spent a week in Atlanta at the NAIS Leadership Institute for Incoming Heads of Independent Schools, or as some say, “sleep away camp” for adult educators. It truly was a great professional development opportunity, one that I’m sure will benefit us moving forward. When I returned I was greeted by vibrant golden sunflowers winding their way from the Silver Lake campus entrance up to the red doors of St. Anne’s Episcopal School. Later in the evening I was treated to a fantastic sunset in the front of the building, followed by a bright full moon in the back. It only served to reinforce that I was absolutely in the right place and thankful for my good fortune.
I will be in the office each day beginning July 17, following our leadership retreat on the 15th and 16th of July, and would love the opportunity to get to know you and to hear your St. Anne’s story. Please reach out to Danielle Cummins (x341) to schedule a time and place where you would like to meet. I am happy to be embarking on this journey with you. Proud to be a Heron!