Dear St. Anne’s Episcopal School Family,
A good friend once said that sometimes you just need to be still and be silent in order to allow the universe to catch up to you, to once again become in sync. My path to St. Anne’s Episcopal School was one of synchronicity, vulnerability, trust, safety, belonging, and faith. From the time I read the words of Harvey Zendt about his vision for St. Anne’s, which included a commitment to the environment, developing an understanding and appreciation of world cultures, and standing up for those who cannot stand for themselves, I found hope and energy in the mission and core values. I remember being drawn to the mission statement, in particular to the portion highlighted below:
St. Anne’s prepares students for secondary education and lifelong learning. We strive to enhance the intellectual, spiritual, physical, social and artistic growth of our students, so they realize their potential for good, as citizens of local and global communities.
As I gathered information about the St. Anne’s community, I found the phrase open hearts, open minds resonating through the vision of Harvey Zendt, and ever present while walking through the hallways and visiting the classrooms. It was on the faces of the children and in the thoughtful questions they asked. In addition, I learned of the rich history of Middletown, Delaware. A history that included the Lenni-Lenape Indigenous people, of the Underground Railroad, which passed through Middletown, Delaware, and the connection to Absalom Jones, former slave and Founder of the African Episcopal Church in 1746. I heard the impassioned, thoughtful words of Peter Thayer and spoke with Bishop Kevin Brown; they brought the core values of Respect, Responsibility, and Compassion to life, and I knew I wanted to belong, to be a Heron. My two-day visit to St. Anne’s Episcopal School confirmed that I was totally connected with this warm and exciting community. I stepped through the red doors into a space that felt like home.
I am privileged to follow in the footsteps of Peter Thayer for this next leg of the St. Anne’s Episcopal journey. I want to thank the entire search committee and the board of trustees for supporting my candidacy and entrusting me with the opportunity to lead this amazing community for years to come. I am grateful for Ana Ramirez, board director and co-search committee chair, and co-search committee chair Jason Honsel for overseeing an outstanding and professional search process. I also want to thank Jill Reilly and Danielle Cummins for playing an instrumental role in making my visit to campus both seamless and most hospitable. I am appreciative of the students, faculty, staff, and parents who were an important part of the interview process. When I arrive in July, I will be working with Danielle to schedule time to meet with members of the community. I look forward to hearing the wonderful stories about St. Anne’s Episcopal School, and to personally say thank you.
My wife Karen, my sons Alex and Jordan, my furry companions Wrigley and Bozley, their feline sidekicks Stella and Reuben, and I are so thrilled to be joining this community. As I said earlier, “the friends I sought were seeking me...we recognized each other’s face.” Go Herons!
Barry L. Davis