Nov. 2, 2021
Dear Crossroads Community,
Over the years, I have visited many schools, some of which drew me in at first blush with excitement, curiosity, and wonder. Others left me wondering what if the school tended to the ecosystem where students learned, evolved, and thrived.
During the interview process, I asked for a tour of the Crossroads campus because I needed to feel the school—its hum, the pulse, and the stories that the walls and campus told. On that Saturday, as I meandered through the halls of the school sans children, I noticed an attention to students, their work, their voice, and the richness in diversity of being and thought.
My tour guide, a phenomenal educator and leader, shared the vision of Crossroads as a place where students are at the center. It is an environment where students develop their personal commitment to learning, thinking, questioning, curiosity, and making a substantive and positive impact on a beautiful, diverse world. Yes, indeed, I thought.
The finalist on-campus visit further illuminated the magic that is Crossroads. Students and teachers were eager, genuine, and joyful as they invited me into the art studios, science labs, classroom discussions, and nooks and crannies that created a beautiful, musical canvas called lunchtime. As I entered several classrooms, students greeted me with enthusiasm and pride about the work they were exploring and creating. I witnessed a community that places great emphasis on the relationships between students and educators. Here, students are inventors of their own theories, critics of other people’s thinking, analyzers of evidence, and composers or creators of their marks on the world.
While I have much to learn, I’ve gathered that Crossroads is a place that strives to provide students with anchors yet encourages them to think independently, engage in meaning-making and cognition, and advocate for what is right politically, ethically, and morally. This community lives its mission and fosters the full potential of each human being: the intellect and the imagination, the artist, the musician, the dramaturg and performer, the scientist and researcher, the athlete, the teammate, the captain, and the friend.
With immense gratitude and humility, I step into the head of school role in the 2022–23 academic year. I extend a special thank you to the Search Committee, whose love for and commitment to Crossroads was one of the many reasons I was so engaged in the search process. Over the coming months, I will partner with Bob, who has already demonstrated a deep commitment to this transition, and I look forward to getting to know each of you.