The leadership at another Baltimore area private school will change at the end of this school year, as The Montessori School and Emerson Farm Middle in Lutherville joins several other schools in welcoming a new head.The Board of Trustees of The Montessori School recently announced Tamara Sheesley Balis as the new Head of School, effective July 1, 2012.
“Ms. Balis has a proven track record as a leader and innovator in Montessori schools,” commented Kelli Bethel, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “She is well respected in the Montessori community as a teacher and administrator, and she is also a Montessori parent. We look forward to the experience, passion and inspiration that she brings as our new head of school.”
Balis is currently in her fourth year as the Head of School at the Amherst Montessori School in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she has earned an impressive reputation for “living and breathing Montessori.” In her leadership role in Amherst she has won the respect and affection of students, faculty, and parents across the school community. Before moving to Massachusetts, she served as the Director of the Boyd School’s Reston, VA Campus, taught Lower Elementary as a directress at the Henson Valley Montessori School in Temple Hills, MD, and was a bilingual elementary public school teacher in the Teach for America program. Balis also wrote, narrated and produced an acclaimed educational DVD that espouses the use of Montessori principles for infants in the home.
“I am delighted to join this vibrant educational community,” Balis commented regarding her appointment as the new head of school. “I come to the school with a deep sense of joy, respect and passion for Montessori education and The Montessori School mission.”
St. Pauls’s School names Interim head
Meanwhile, the St. Pauls School for Girls (SPSG) Board of Trustees has appointed Lila B. Lohr as interim head of school for the 2012-13 academic year. She will succeed Dr. Monica Gillespie, who will conclude her tenure as Head of School in June 2012.
According to the SPSG website, Lohr is well-known in the SPSG and Baltimore Independent School Community. She served as SPSG’s fourth head of school from 1986-1995, where she helped establish St. Paul’s Plus and was instrumental in coordinating with St. Paul’s School the construction of the Ward Center for the Arts.
Prior to her term as head of SPSG, she spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator at Bryn Mawr School, served from 1995-2000 as head of school at Princeton Day School and returned in 2007 as its interim. She has also held interim positions at Friends School of Baltimore and Indian Creek School in Annapolis. She is the current interim head at the Katherine Delmar Burke School, a K-8 girls school in San Francisco.
New Leaders at Maryvale St. James Academy and Bryn Mawr
Last fall the St. James Academy (SJA) Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Karl Adler as the next Head of School. The Board unanimously agreed that Adler’s educational preparation, professional experience, personal strengths, and passion for the K– 8th grade model was a compelling match for SJA’s sustainable, mission-related qualities. The Bryn Mawr School announced the appointment of Jennifer C. Galambos, Ed.D., to the position of Upper School Director, in July. Dr. Galambos currently serves as Bryn Mawr’s Middle School Director, having joined the school in 2008.
More recently, Maryvale Preparatory School’s Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Tracey Ford as President of the school. She succeeds Sister Shawn Marie Maguire, President and Headmistress, who has led the school since 1981. Ford, a former trustee will become the first layperson to serve as President in the school’s 66-year history.