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Associate Head of School and Dire...

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Ridgefield Academy
223 A West Mountain Road
Ridgefield , Connecticut 06877
United States

Company Description: Ridgefield Academy is committed to academic excellence and the individual growth of each of our students. We offer a broad-based, challenging curriculum enhanced by...   more

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  • advanced degrees
  • M. Ed. , School Leadership
    Columbia University
  • B.A. , Political Science
    the College of the Holy Cross
  • M.A. , Liberal Studies
    Wesleyan University
  • MA
    Wesleyan University
  • BA
    College of Holy Cross ( MA )
  • Master of Education degree
    Columbia University
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David M. Suter Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment
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Upland Country Day School - A Lifetime Of Learning Begins At Upland., 21 Oct 2013 [cached]
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Upland Country Day School - A Lifetime Of Learning Begins At Upland., 22 Aug 2010 [cached]
An optional course for ninth grade Upland Country Day School students, the independent study project presents a one-on-one learning opportunity according to school head David Suter, who oversees the projects with the students.
For independent study, students put forth a written project proposal in the spring of their eighth grade year, which they will complete through independent study, work and weekly meetings with the head of school during their ninth grade year.
In the spring of their ninth grade year, students display the results of their work for parents, teachers and friends in a public exposition.
The goal, Suter said, is for the student to explore a personal interest that falls outside of the regular school curriculum. The project completes a year-long course of study in collaboration with Suter and comes in addition to the rest of the full ninth grade schedule.
"It's a really neat thing for our kids that differentiates it from a normal ninth grade year," Suter said.
"While academic excellence is central to what we do at Upland, so is teaching young people how to be service-oriented and active in their communities," said head of school David Suter.
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Upland Head of School David Suter said even the pre-kindergarten class believed one penny could make a difference.
Although the $10,000 mark may have been feasible in the students' minds, Suter, McKay and Wells admitted that at first, they didn't think that sum of money could be raised.
"10,000 was sort of a magical number in the book in that that was the cost that was needed to build a school in Afghanistan or in Pakistan," Suter said.
A new chapter in the Upland story is the recent arrival of new Head of School David Suter who comes from St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut. Suter, who is excited about joining the Upland faculty, is drawn to Upland because of its focus on providing a relevant education that will serve students not only in high school and college, but their adult lives, as well. He says, "This school has a great history, a great culture, and most importantly great people working with kids."
The educational philosophy at Upland is structured around the "Four A's," a concept which permeates the school's curriculum. This alchemy of Academics, Arts, Athletics and Attitude helps students discover talents, strengths and ultimately, identity. "Watching young people learn something about themselves through the work they do in and out of the classroom speaks to the joy of participation and the joy of creativity and teamwork," Suter says.
"It's about being open-minded, not judgmental," explains Suter.
David Suter never thought he wanted to be head of school. But, here he is, quite delighted to be the new head of Upland Country Day School.
Although he had been building a resume well suited to the position, it was not at all his goal. But, when the position opened up and word reached him in Connecticut that there was a school in Kennett Square, Pa. whose head of school was retiring, he decided to check it out.
Upland's mission and philosophy are very similar to the schools where he had worked previously.
Suter and his wife Liza moved to Kennett Square with their three small children from Connecticut. Much like the students, staff members at many independent schools wear numerous hats and Suter was no exception. At St. Luke's School In New Canaan he was director of admissions and financial aid, a coach of various sports and an English teacher. Before that he worked at two boarding schools, Oxford Academy and Cheshire Academy, where he said he adapted the educational philosophy of educating the whole child.
He explained that small academic communities such as Upland and his previous schools afford faculty and staff "the luxury" of truly knowing their students, beyond the 40 minutes they spend in class every day. They get to see them on the playing fields, on the stage, on field trips, in the classroom and with their families.
"By getting to know who that whole child is, you're not just teaching a class, you're teaching the child," Suter said.
Upon his arrival as head he sent out an appeal to alumni from the almost 40-year-old school, asking them to write him with their fondest memories and any input they were willing to share. He has received "a flood" of responses and they keep coming. He said the majority expressed sincere gratitude not only for the great education, but also for the positive mentoring of teachers who helped them grow up and become good people.
When assessing the school Suter said he found it in good shape and knew he had big shoes to fill.
Suter said he tried to slip right into MacMullan's footprints and had no intention of being "an agent of change," nor did he find big changes in need of making. "The school has solid traditions, good financial health and a solid faculty," Suter said.
When Suter started breaking the news to his Connecticut friends and colleagues that he would be moving to Pennsylvania to take the head job at a school there, Upland's reputation had preceded him.
As it turned out the Upland was everything Suter had hoped.
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School is in 'capable caring hands' as David M. Suter embarks on the next stage of his educational odyssey.
David M. Suter has been described by colleagues as a born leader and a born teacher. Ask the new Upland Country Day School Head of School about teaching, or children, and his heartfelt enthusiasm is evident.
Yet, were it not for love, he might not have been an educator at all.
As a student at the College of the Holy Cross, he majored in Political Science and aspired to be a lawyer. He wanted to work on Capitol Hill. But his plans changed when he met and fell in love with Liza, who is now his wife and mother to their three children, twin boys and a girl. They ended up moving to Connecticut and Suter accepted a teaching position at Oxford Academy, a boys' boarding school located in Westbrook. Educated in public schools, this was Suter's first foray into private schools. "I found myself attracted to mission-driven schools," he explained.
From Oxford Academy, Suter moved on to Cheshire Academy where he taught English and served as the Director of College Counseling. That school had a tradition of international education, and Suter said that the experience there opened his eyes to diversity and multi-culturalism. The next stop was St. Luke's School in New Canaan, Connecticut, where Suter served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.
As Suter's love of teaching grew, he attained advanced degrees. First came a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, then a Master of Education degree from Columbia University Teachers College. He also completed his coursework for an Ed.D. in School Leadership from Columbia. Just as students need to find the right fit, he, too, was looking for the right fit last fall.
Suter explained that the directors of Upland retained a search firm to conduct a national search, and at that point he was also looking for another professional opportunity. The timing was perfect. He met with the school's directors and was immediately impressed by the school and intrigued by the job. When he talked to members of the educational community, he heard nothing but good things about Upland.
"I heard that it was a great place for kids to be kids a little bit longer than elsewhere," he explained.
The 215-pupil school, founded in 1948, is very similar to the one that Suter left in New Canaan, although that one was a little larger. He likes the pre-kindergarten thru ninth-grade configuration.
Suter just assumed his duties at the start of the current school year on July 1. So for now, he intends to focus on the core mission at Upland: academics, arts, athletics, and attitude.
"I believe in educating the whole student," he explained. "This school has a great tradition of modernizing and advancing without losing the country feel."
He added that the school already has a long-standing commitment to arts and athletics, requiring all students to participate in each. Upland has a thirty-year international travel program as students get to journey to Finland each year. The school also hosts exchange students. There is a rink right on the campus, he noted, allowing the school to be passionately competitive in ice hockey. He pointed to the Ethics class, the Latin program, and the community service component of the academic experience as particular strong points for the school.
As someone who loves teaching, the new leader plans to foster a close relationship with the faculty and students. He will teach eighth-grade English to one section of students, probably 12 to 15 students.
Suter said that while it was a difficult decision to uproot his young family, the move was made easier by how welcoming everyone has been.
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