Dear Aidan Community,
Today, I am writing to say that the coming 2022-2023 school year will be my last at Aidan Montessori School. In summer 2023, my family and I will move back to Massachusetts, where I will be Head of School at Lexington Montessori School. This new opportunity is an outstanding one, and I look forward to it with great excitement, yet I know that I will miss Aidan and its wonderful community.
On a personal note, my family and I moved to DC from Massachusetts, which is where I grew up. At this stage in my wife’s and my families’ histories, there are many reasons for us to be closer to them, and they are all in New England.
It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the Aidan community for the past six years, and I am excited to be with the Aidan community for the year ahead and all it will bring. All of the indicators of a healthy school are present at Aidan. Enrollment is strong, finances are positive, and the community has sprung back to life from the (hopefully) waning pandemic. There is a strategic plan in place as well as outstanding people and excellent systems. Were I not compelled to return to New England, there is no place I would rather be.
Aidan has made many gains over the past six years. Visible accomplishments such as upgrades to our facilities with the addition of new windows, HVAC system, and elevator come to mind. The strategic plan and our work on it point to a progressive future for Aidan. There has been much behind-the-scenes work, too, things that are not obvious to children and families such as the professionalizing of systems and processes at the school. I am proud to have been a part of Aidan’s evolution and honored to have worked with the amazing people who compose this community.
I have great confidence in Aidan’s Board of Trustees and the process that they have put in place to identify and bring on Aidan Montessori School’s next head of school. I know the process will be inclusive and exhaustive and that the best possible person will be found.
Thank you to all of you for entrusting me with so much. As a community, we have both accomplished and endured much. A school is an interesting organism, and Aidan comprises many fantastic moving parts, personalities, and ideals. May Aidan’s every year be its best.
With great respect and appreciation,
Head of School