Dear St. Luke’s Families and Friends,
It is such a pleasure to say hello at last in an official capacity as the new Head of Upper School at St. Luke’s. I am thrilled to become a part of such a joyful, thoughtful, and caring community, and I look forward to working in partnership with all of you over the coming months and years.
Throughout my transition into the school community, I have been struck by the dedication and passion demonstrated by the school’s professional staff, the curiosity and responsibility for others with which the students approach their learning, and the deep love for the school apparent from even casual conversations with parents. It is clear that St. Luke’s is an oasis within the hustle and bustle of New York City for all members of its community, and a powerful place of transformational learning and growth for all who are lucky enough to walk through its gates each day.
I am humbled to enter into a child-focused educational community that fosters the growth and development of each student as a learner, an artist, an athlete, a citizen, and a leader. St. Luke’s supports and nurtures the whole child in an environment built around the unique joys and needs of middle school students, helping students understand themselves and others better through the lenses of social-emotional learning and wellbeing (SEL), diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), student leadership, and service. Through the strong bonds students form with their peers and their teachers, as well as the school’s well-rounded academic, athletic, and artistic program offerings, students gain independence as they navigate the challenges of middle school. Project- and inquiry-based learning, discussion-based classes, and interdisciplinary field trips are integral parts of St. Luke’s School’s commitment to developing critical thinkers, creative and collaborative problem solvers, and just leaders. St. Luke’s graduates emerge prepared for success — both inside and outside of the classroom — wherever they go for high school, college, and beyond.
While we live in challenging times, our experiences over the last few years have taught us that we can rise to them together, through perseverance, flexibility, and support for each other. All of your children, and all of you, should be congratulated for weathering these storms together, and should feel tremendous pride in all that you have been able to accomplish.
Moreover, times of great change also present an exciting open space to reimagine ourselves and our world, and to build for ourselves, our communities, and our children, a world that is more equitable, more innovative, and more joyful. Speaking with and hearing from the students at St. Luke’s — with their remarkable passion for justice, their orientation towards service, and their belief in the power of their own voices — gives me such tremendous hope that our future will be in the right hands.
I look forward to hearing from you, and to beginning our journey together!
With gratitude and hope,
Head of Upper School
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. Aristotle