I am thrilled to be joining the St. Paul’s community. Over the course of my career in Bay Area independent schools, St. Paul’s students and alumni have always impressed me with their self-awareness and community-oriented worldview. Coming from a school in the heart of Oakland, where diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are foundational to the program and curriculum, St. Paul’s graduates are prepared to navigate a larger social landscape and carry forward the values of partnership, curiosity, empathy, and community engagement. This is the narrative of St. Paul’s that I’ve been drawn to for the last two decades, and I couldn’t be more pleased and honored to lead this incredible community.
St. Paul’s commitment to socio-economic and racial diversity is comprehensive and intentional, as is the school’s connection to the broader community. Using the surrounding Lake Merritt neighborhood as an extension of campus, students and teachers are embedded in the local landscape; this emphasis on Community Engaged Learning through the lens of DEI resonates with me and is another reason St. Paul’s mission and community captivate my heart.
I know St. Paul’s will continue to rise, grow, and thrive as we navigate a hybrid (campus/ distance) learning model in the coming year. As we reimagine what teaching and learning looks like in the time of COVID-19, we will not lose sight of the power of this community to care for one another. I see opportunities for us to focus and to reflect intentionally on the values and priorities of a St. Paul’s education - one that nurtures fearless learners, empowered community members, and resourceful and resilient human beings.
I look forward to connecting with and learning from students, faculty, and families in the coming months as we collectively shape the authentic and vibrant community we envision.
With best wishes,
Head of School
Please listen here
to my visit with the Parent Association in May 2020.