I am thrilled to join the Athenian community as Interim Head of School for the 2022-23 school year. I have admired Athenian from afar for many years. There is so much to find compelling: the long-standing experiential approach to education, the excellent academic program enhanced by the strength and diversity of the community, the belief that a school-wide commitment to equity and inclusion is essential, and a bold vision for the school’s future, just to name a few.
When I first stepped foot on campus during the interview process last spring, my admiration went from head to heart. Immediately, I felt a sense of belonging. It was evident that Athenian students were proud of their school, deeply connected to its stunning campus, and fully engaged in their learning.
We know that today’s students must confront very real challenges. Our efforts to prepare them and coordinate support for them through this specific period of rapid social and economic change is all the more critical. Athenian is well-equipped to guide students through these complex times and their educational journey. Our dedicated and talented teachers are skilled at bringing learning to life and the genuine connections between our students and the adults on campus make learning joyful and productive.
I invite you to explore and discover Athenian for yourself. I assure you, when you visit campus, virtually or in person, you will experience a warmth and optimism that is unusual and rare. I am honored for the opportunity to help steward the Athenian School community through the next chapter of its history. Welcome to this virtual home on our website and let us know if you have any questions, and please come visit us in person soon.
E. Quincy McLaughlin
Interim Head of School, 2022-23