And check out the progress on the renovation of the preschool playground.
The board and search committees, comprising parents, current and former trustees, and staff, echoed the unanimous sentiment of faculty that ElizaBeth be asked to join us as our new Head of School. She will officially assume her duties on July 1, 2012. But there will be many opportunities for all to meet and welcome her over the coming months.
In a Dec. 9, 2011 letter to the Free Union Country School community, Bruce MacDonald, Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees wrote:
Dear Friends of Free Union Country School,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Free Union Country School, it is my great pleasure to announce that on December 8, the Board appointed ElizaBeth McCay as the new Head of School, effective July 1, 2012. The Board’s unanimous decision to select ElizaBeth followed the enthusiastic and unanimous recommendation of the Search Committee, which cited a strong and compelling match between the criteria established by the Committee and ElizaBeth’s experience, skills and leadership style.
Along with a career long passion for early childhood education, ElizaBeth brings a professional history as an accomplished classroom teacher, university instructor, and school principal, as well as a readiness to turn her considerable energy, knowledge and abilities to the benefit of Free Union Country School, its students and its families. With a Ph.D. in Education (Administration and Supervision), ElizaBeth was most recently a principal at Jackson-Via Elementary School in Charlottesville. In a community featuring economic, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity, she provided turn-around school leadership that gained local and national recognition earning the Panasonic National School Change Award in recognition of outstanding progress and significant change.
ElizaBeth’s collaborative leadership style and passion for community-based progressive education make her a great fit for the Free Union Country School culture. Additionally, her flexibility and creative problem-solving skills will help ease her shift into the small, independent school environment. Staff and faculty, recognizing these traits, enthusiastically endorsed ElizaBeth.
I am also pleased to welcome ElizaBeth’s spouse, David Pedrick, and their three children as members of the Free Union community. As we anticipate an exciting future ahead, the Board is committed to a comprehensive transition process to ensure that ElizaBeth and her family have multiple opportunities to begin developing relationships with students, parents, teachers, and staff during the months before she officially begins Headship. Howard Miller and McKenzie Inigo are excited to be fully engaged in ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.
Elizabeth’s appointment concludes an extensive national search assisted by Dr. Richard Jung of Education Access Strategies, LLC, Bethesda, MD. The Search Committee was composed of five current and former members of the Board of Trustees, two current and former faculty members, and two current and former parents. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to express our appreciation for all of the diligent efforts that went into helping us successfully complete our most vital responsibility, the selection of our Head of School.
Please join us in giving ElizaBeth a warm Free Union Country School welcome.