Greensboro Day School's Board of Trustees has named Tracie Catlett the next Head of School, with Mrs. Catlett’s service to begin on July 1, 2019. Mrs. Catlett will be the 7th Head of School in the School’s nearly 50-year history, and the first female Head of School.
Mrs. Catlett comes to Greensboro Day School (GDS) from her current position as Associate Head of School/Director of Admissions at Louisville Collegiate School in Louisville, Kentucky. She has served Louisville Collegiate in multiple positions since 2006, ranging from her first role there as an Upper School mathematics teacher, to later becoming the JK-12 Dean of Academics, and ultimately being named the Associate Head of School/Director of Admissions. In these various roles, Mrs. Catlett has excelled in everything from classroom teaching to curriculum design, and from increasing enrollment in a tough independent school market to playing a key role in a highly successful capital campaign. In the words of a former Louisville Collegiate Head of School, “Everything good that has happened at Louisville Collegiate over the last several years has Mrs. Catlett’s fingerprints on it, although she gives the credit to others.”
A native of Georgia, Mrs. Catlett received her B.S. in Finance from Florida State University in 1991 and began her career with a bank in Miami, Florida. After discovering that her true passion was working with children in the classroom, she earned her M.A.T. from the University of Louisville in 1995 and taught high school mathematics in two public high schools in Kentucky for eleven years before joining the Louisville Collegiate faculty in 2006. Mrs. Catlett is currently pursuing her Ed.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University.
David Brown, Chair of the GDS Board of Trustees stated, “Although Mrs. Catlett’s innovative academic work and the measurable successes in her administrative leadership were impressive to the GDS search committee, what ultimately set her apart was her warm and authentic nature along with her wholehearted commitment to the support of every student, parent, and faculty member. We are thrilled to have her lead our School into our 50th year and beyond.”
Mrs. Catlett said, “During my visits to Greensboro Day School, it is evident that GDS possesses the characteristics of a leading school: academic excellence, a dedicated teaching faculty, a vibrant learning community, a rich arts and athletics program, joyful and curious children, a strong governing board, a committed parent body, and a proud alumni community. The GDS mission was very much alive in the classrooms, hallways, the library, and the theatre during my time on campus. Now, we will move forward together living a collective commitment to the shared values of this great school.”
Mrs. Catlett will replace Mark Hale, who has served as Head of School for 13 years. Under Mr. Hale’s leadership, GDS has strengthened its academic, arts, athletics, technology, music, college placement, and social-emotional learning programs. Mr. Hale’s tenure has also seen an increase in the School’s endowment, over $10 million raised for campus improvements, and the construction of a new middle school building and gymnasium. Mr. Hale’s leadership also led to an update of the GDS mission statement and guiding principles, as well as to GDS becoming the first school in the country to receive the School of Ethical Excellence designation by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education.