HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH
Dr. Edwin Gordon and Mrs. LaRita Gordon
DR. EDWIN P. GORDON:
CONGRESSIONAL'S NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL
On March 21, 2019, Congressional School's Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Congressional School's new Head School. We are excited to welcome Dr. Gordon who will join our community this summer.
- Dr. Edwin Gordon, New Head of School
HEAD OF SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT
Dear Congressional School Community,
It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Edwin P. Gordon as Congressional School's next Head of School by unanimous vote following the recommendation of our Search Committee. Dr. Gordon's appointment is effective July 1, 2019, and we look forward to welcoming him and his wife, LaRita, to the Congressional family.
Dr. Gordon comes to Congressional School with a distinguished career in independent and higher education, most recently having served as the Head of School at Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Gordon's career highlights include a summer as the Academic Dean for grades 7-10 at the Center for Talented Youth at John Hopkins University in Baltimore; serving as Head of Lower School, River Campus at Riverdale Country School in New York City; and Executive Director of K-12 Executive Education Program (Mid-Career Doctorate Program) for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Those of you who had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Gordon when he visited Congressional School as a finalist know that he is, in the words of members of our community, an "extremely charming," "warm," and "inspiring leader." Dr. Gordon is also a "charismatic, concise communicator with a calm demeanor, and strong leadership skills; he brings a range of experience, touching all aspects of independent school management."
Originally from Atlanta, Dr. Gordon has been immersed in education his entire life, growing up on the campuses of Spelman and Morehouse Colleges where his parents exposed him to great educators and civic leaders from all walks of life. Dr. Gordon received his A.B. and M.A. in English from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Cornell University. Dr. and Mrs. Gordon have two adult children, a son, Mason, who is studying Sports Communication at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and a daughter, Rebecca, continuing the family tradition as an educator teaching at an independent school in the Atlanta area.
Known for his commitment to fostering innovation in education, enhancing student opportunity, expanding professional development for faculty and staff, and encouraging partnerships within the school and throughout the community, Dr. Gordon's work has focused for many years on early-childhood development and K-12 education.
During his tenure as Head of School at Palm Beach Day Academy, the school engaged in a bold and rigorous review of the pre-primary through grade 9 curriculum, with an emphasis on providing more STEAM education throughout grade levels; raised more than $500,000 to accelerate the support of teachers' professional development; recruited outstanding and talented new faculty members, including a new STEAM Scholar-in-Residence; completed a 16,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art academic building featuring classrooms, an Innovation Lab, Media Center, and flexible learning spaces; and implemented efforts to increase the diversity of the student body, faculty, and staff.
The appointment of Dr. Gordon marks the culmination of a thorough and thoughtful, five-month search that began in October 2018. The Head of School Search Committee, appointed by the Board, and Co-Chaired by Trustees Sandra P. Buteau and Todd West, consisted of 13 members representing various constituencies of the Congressional School community. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Search Committee for their dedication and commitment to Congressional School, all of whom have an enduring love for Congressional and took their responsibility very seriously.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you for your interest, support, and enthusiasm as we traveled through this search process together. Your willingness to participate in this collaborative process and to share your feedback was vitally important as we sought to identify a strong, visionary leader who would embrace our school's culture and values. We are truly grateful for your trust and support.
To facilitate a smooth transition, I will form a Transition Committee to welcome the Gordons and to offer support and guidance to Dr. Gordon throughout his first year. In addition, I will work with Dr. Gordon to develop the Board of Trustee's Charge to the Head of School, identifying the major priorities that our community feels must be addressed.
Dr. Gordon is excited about this new opportunity and shares, "I am deeply honored by the Board's decision and the opportunity to lead Congressional School. The shared commitment to the success of students, the intellectual vibrancy of this community, and the traditions and innovations of the school make this an exceptional place to learn and work.
I look forward to being a part of the wonderful Congressional School community and the next chapter of its long history of excellence."
Dr. and Mrs. Gordon look forward to celebrating with our community at the Think Green Gala on Saturday, March 30. In the meantime, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, I look forward to building upon our many successes and to welcoming and supporting Dr. Gordon as he leads us through our 80th year and beyond!
Chair, Board of Trustees
The Search Committee consists of 13 members that represent various cultures of the school community: Board of Trustees, non-Trustees and faculty representing the lower and upper school:
Mena Burke - Parent & Board Member of the Parents Council of Washington
Sandra P. Buteau - Trustee, Parent & Co-Chair of the Search Committee
Tom Coolidge - Trustee & Parent
Michelle Fry - Teacher, First Grade
Michael Gilbert - Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees & Parent
Kristen Griest - Trustee & Parent
Nicole Guagenti - Past CSPO Middle School Division Coordinator & Parent
Bud Harrell - Trustee & Alumni Parent
Tavis Laws - Director of Athletics & Physical Education
Maithili Mankar - Academic Team Lead, Middle School Science Teacher & Alumni Parent
Maura Rice - Teacher, Junior Kindergarten
Dan Timm - Chair of the Board of Trustees & Parent
Todd West - Trustee, Parent and Co-Chair of the Search Committee