Kirsten Prettyman Adams is appointed head of school at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, beginning July 2014.
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirsten Prettyman Adams as its next head of school, to succeed Joan Holden on July 1, 2014.
On October 7, the school's Board of Governors and the Trustees of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia (CSDV) unanimously accepted Mrs. Adams' nomination by the Search Committee.
An outstanding educator, administrator, and leader, Mrs. Adams
brings great insight from her
leadership roles at three highly regarded independent schools.
She has extensive experience in school leadership and day-to-day operational management, curriculum planning, faculty support and mentoring, fiscal management and financial models, as well as strategic planning, development and fundraising, and campus master planning.
Mrs. Adams currently serves as Associate Head of School and Head of Upper School at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. Among her leadership duties, she has coordinated the academic planning and programmatic decision-making during construction of two new buildings, STEM (2013) and Student Center (2014).
In addition, she
has administrative oversight for and has been involved in all aspects of McDonogh's
Previously, Mrs. Adams served as Head of Upper School at The Hockaday School in Dallas, TX, where she played a major role in implementing the school's new faculty evaluation program, refocusing the school's boarding program, and coordinating student and faculty needs during a renovation of the Upper School's academic building.
also oversaw the 100-student Residence Department.
Before joining Hockaday, Mrs. Adams served as Science Department Chair and Science Teacher at National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, where she taught AP Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science, as well as fourth grade science.
She is a former AP Biology test grader and instructor of AP Biology teachers.
While at NCS
co-chaired the school's accreditation self-study and coached field hockey and lacrosse.
Clay Perfall, chair of the Board of Governors, said, "Kirsten has a true passion for independent school education and a great appreciation for our mission to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.
An innovative leader, Kirsten will partner with our outstanding faculty and staff to inspire a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for athletic and artistic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity, and a commitment to service."
brings great experience as a leader, educator, and scholar.
She has taught students in grades four through twelve and served as a Teaching Fellow at Yale University.
Mrs. Adams received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College, where she was a Presidential Scholar and was awarded Richter Research and Mellon Foundation grants.
She received a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the Alan Mann endowed scholarship.
has participated extensively at various conferences and professional development events, with an emphasis on multiculturalism (NAIS People of Color Conference), professional development, leadership, and faculty recruitment.
completed the Klingenstein Summer Institute
run by Columbia University and the Stanley King Counseling Institute
We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Adams
husband, Jeff, and their three children, Lily, Colin, and Meg, to our St. Stephen's & St. Agnes family. In her
spare time, Mrs. Adams
enjoys spending time with her
family, hiking, outdoor education, and exploring natural history and ecology.
She and her family attend The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.
Your opinions were valued and taken to heart as the Search Committee and our Board of Governors made the decision to appoint Mrs. Adams to lead St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School into the future."
The Search Committee
and Board of Governors are confident that Kirsten Adams
will continue that tradition.
In the interim, she
will work closely with Mrs. Holden to plan for this historic transition of leadership.
Mrs. Adams and her family are eager to actively join our school community, and there will be a series of opportunities for our community to spend time with her over the coming weeks and months.