Dear Members of the Pine Forge Academy Community,
I write today to express the Board of Trustees' deep gratitude to our Headmistress, Nicole Hughes, as she announces she will conclude her successful tenure leading the day to day operations of Pine Forge Academy at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
Over the past four years, Nicole has been a compassionate, principled leader, always seeking ways to enhance the program for the betterment of our students. As a result, Pine Forge Academy has flourished academically, thrived as a community and transformed physically. Her accomplishments are numerous and have established the framework for continued success at the Academy.
Under her watch, Nicole has fostered an environment where teachers and deans help our students excel. Her vision and strong work ethic coupled with an immense broadening of the academic curriculum, has positively changed lives. Nicole has introduced data-driven instruction, ACT college readiness standard alignment, a Robotics program, dual credit courses with local community colleges and distant learning with national colleges, hired highly competent staff, engaged with the NPFAAA in fundraising more than half-a-million dollars for the Academy including grants and gifts, increased Academy rigor, successfully met the challenges of re-accreditation, improved the Academy's brand through social media, a school phone app and other outlets, established a garden and greenhouse, initiated the first phase of the all-school work program and much more.
As for the campus, Pine Forge Academy has improved since Nicole's arrival in 2014 including renovated spaces in the boys and girls dorms and a new two classroom facility on the campus.
Simply put, Nicole has encouraged us to embrace forward thinking and catalyze thoughtful change while honoring our school's traditions.
I have immediately begun the process of forming a Search Committee for our next headmaster. In the coming weeks, we will have this Committee rounded out with key PFA leaders and will communicate with you all during the process. Based on the foundation that Nicole established, PFA will continue to thrive and adapt so our students may lead happy and productive lives.
Please join me in thanking Nicole for all that she has done for our school, and congratulating her husband Casey on his promotion and wishing them and their wonderful children (Blaise and a little bean to arrive in August) the very best.
My best wishes to everyone for a successful remainder of 2017-2018 school year.
God bless you!
Chairman of the Board
Superintendent of AEC Schools