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Incoming Head of School Announcement

Greensboro Day School's Board of Trustees unanimously voted on January 22, 2019, to name Tracie Catlett the next Head of School, beginning in July 2019. Mrs. Catlett will come to GDS with extensive experience in the independent school arena. She and her family are excited to be a part of the GDS family!
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.

- Tracie Catlett, Incoming Head of School July 2019

Experience

Associate Head / Director of Admission
Louisville Collegiate School 
2017- present

Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs
Louisville Collegiate School                                               
2014-2017 

Dean of Academics, JK-12
Louisville Collegiate School

Mathematics Department Chair, JK-12
Louisville Collegiate School
2007-2012 

Math Teacher
Louisville Collegiate School
2006 - 2012
 
Math Teacher
Louisville Public Schools
1995 - 2006
                                             
 

Education

B.S., Florida State University, Finance, 1991
M.A.T., University of Louisville, Mathematics, 1995
Enrolled, Johns Hopkins University, Ed.D. program anticipated 2021
 

Dear GDS Community,

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has named Tracie Catlett to serve as the seventh Head of School in the history of Greensboro Day School. Tracie will begin her duties on July 1, 2019.
 
Tracie comes to us 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, Tracie has excelled in everything from classroom teaching to curriculum design. She helped increase enrollment in a tough independent school market and played a key role in a highly successful capital campaign. In the words of a former Head of School there, “Everything good that has happened at Louisville Collegiate over the last several years has Tracie’s fingerprints on it, although she gives the credit to others.”

A native of Georgia, Tracie 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. Tracie is currently pursuing her Ed.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University.
 
Although Tracie’s innovative academic work and the measurable successes in her administrative leadership were impressive to the GDS search committee, what ultimately set Tracie apart were her warm and authentic nature and her wholehearted commitment to the support of every student, parent, and faculty member. Through many hours of meetings with Tracie, conversations with multiple individuals in the Louisville Collegiate community, and wonderful feedback from last week’s forums at GDS, the same things kept coming back to the search committee: Tracie is a student-centered educator, a great communicator, and an innovative thinker about how to meet the current challenges facing independent schools across the United States.

I am excited for the GDS community and for everyone in Greensboro to get to know Tracie and her family. Tracie’s husband, Mark, is also a terrific educator with a long history as a high school history teacher and athletics coach in the public schools in Kentucky. Tracie and Mark have four sons, ranging in age from 12 to 24. Their oldest, John, is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky. Their second, Jack, is a senior at Louisville Collegiate and will be attending Lehigh University in the fall of 2019. We look forward to welcoming their two younger sons as students in the GDS community this fall, Will into the Upper School and Hank into the Middle School.
 
Of course, Tracie has a wonderful legacy on which to build. Greensboro Day School continues to thrive under the leadership of Mark Hale and continues to meet the needs of our students and families every day. And now, as we look ahead to our 50th anniversary celebrations in the next academic year, the board is confident that it has found in Tracie Catlett the right Head of School to lead our wonderful institution forward.
 
I want to close by thanking everyone in our GDS community who worked so hard on this important search. The Head of School search committee worked diligently and with great camaraderie to make a recommendation to the board from a pool of over 50 outstanding candidates. The entire board of trustees and GDS senior administrative team lent terrific wisdom and support. Last, but by no means least, thank you to everyone who met with our search consultants last fall to prepare for the search and to those who showed up at candidate forums last week to provide extremely valuable feedback. Rest assured that the search committee reviewed and considered every word of input provided.
 
Congratulations to Tracie Catlett and congratulations to the entire GDS community! I look forward to all we will accomplish together.
 
With warm regards, 
 
David L. Brown
Chair, Board of Trustees

Dear Greensboro Day School Family,

Words cannot fully express the enthusiasm and pride I feel in writing you as Greensboro Day’s next Head of School. During every moment of the search process I was deeply moved by the community’s love for GDS.

Beginning with my first campus tour led by Will Hayes (’19) and ending with the community forum in which retired teacher, Beverly Edwards, likened GDS to one big family, it was evident that Greensboro Day is indeed a very special community. The word family rang through clearly and ultimately, it is the GDS community that excites me most about leading our school into the next 50 years.

During my visit it was also 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, libraries, and theatre during my time on campus. Now, we will move forward together living a collective commitment to the shared values of this great school.

I want to thank the entire search committee and the board of trustees for supporting my candidacy and entrusting me with the opportunity to lead the GDS community for years to come. I am grateful for David Brown, the search committee chair, for overseeing an outstanding and professional search process. I also want to thank Gail Bernstein for playing an instrumental role in making my visit to campus both seamless and most hospitable. I am appreciative of the students, faculty, staff, parents, retired faculty, alumni, and alumni parents who were an important part of the interview process last week.

A heartfelt thank you in advance to the entire GDS community for welcoming me, Mark, and our sons, John (24), Jack (18), Will (16), and Hank (12), who share my joy in making Greensboro our new home. I look forward to building relationships and working with all stakeholders in continuing to develop, shape, and enrich the vision of GDS for future generations to come.

With Bengal Pride,

Tracie Catlett
 

Head of School Search Committee

The Head of School search committee is comprised of current and past parents, alumni, trustees, and a faculty member. We extend our deep appreciation to the following individuals for the time, wisdom and care they dedicated to our search process. 
 
Jeff Beach – Trustee and past parent
Durant Bell – GDS Alumnus, Lower School parent, and parent of future Bengal
Gail Bernstein – GDS Alumnus, past parent, and board administrator
David Brown – Trustee, past parent, Upper School parent, board chair, search committee chair
Lois Chen – Trustee, Middle and Lower School parent
Tyler Richardson – Trustee, Lower School parent, and parent of future Bengal
Marvella Taylor – Lower School faculty member, Lower School parent, and host parent for international Upper School student  
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