Dear EMS Community,
It is an honor to write to you for the first time as your new Head of School. I’m pleased to report that we’re off to an incredible start as we plan for the next academic year and beyond, setting in motion a number of exciting projects I look forward to formally announcing as they are finalized. One such effort seeks to enhance combined aspects of computer science, innovation, applied sciences, and project-based learning. These efforts promise to set EMS apart from its peers.
As I’ve been meeting with our thoughtful and visionary leadership team over the past few weeks to align our planning and goals across divisions and teams, I’ve seen the benefit of their collaboration. Their varying perspectives, shaped by their different journeys to EMS, including educational backgrounds and continued learning, work with other top-tier independent schools and renowned universities, and, for some, deep institutional knowledge of EMS, will ensure that we continue to move forward while holding tight to the sense of community and core values at our foundation.
I do have one exciting update that I am eager to share with you all that relates to our leadership team. As you know, we are in need of a new Associate Head of School — someone to help us attract and retain students and families who align with our mission and values and will contribute to the life of the school, to shine the light on our amazing community and encourage connection and engagement, to fundraise so that we can sustain exciting new efforts as we continue to make progress toward our strategic plan, and to work alongside our leadership team to further develop our faculty and with our Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Belonging (DEIB) to strengthen our related DEIB efforts, both of which are crucial to our goal of providing inspirational and inclusive teaching and learning at EMS.
One individual quickly came to mind who has given nearly three decades of dedicated service to The Elisabeth Morrow School. An educational leader, she has successfully conceptualized and created two full departments and four auxiliary programs at EMS and is also an EMS parent four times over. She has a great love and tremendous care for our school, our community, and every individual within it. I am pleased to announce that Amelia Gold has accepted the position of Associate Head of School, effective immediately.
Amelia needs little introduction as many of you know her as your child’s teacher, a colleague, and friend, and, for our extended EMS community, a dependable and charismatic presence at our concerts. While she will continue to lead the Arts Division, conduct the orchestra, and work with our arts faculty, Amelia’s love for our school is paramount, and, as she shares in a personal message below, she is looking forward to helping me elevate the EMS experience as a whole, to help us reach the next level of academic excellence. I look forward to all we can accomplish together, with Amelia’s support in her newly expanded role. I hope you’ll join me in congratulating her.