From St. Elizabeth's School Board of Directors
The SES Board of Directors are enormously pleased to announce the hiring of a new head of school at St. Elizabeth’s School to assume duties this summer following Ramsay Stabler’s retirement in June. Our new head is Adriana Murphy, current head of middle school at Friends Community School in College Park Maryland, a Quaker K-8 independent school, a role she has excelled in for eight years. Under her leadership the middle school has increased by 50 %. She has also been a major part of the high school placement process there, as well as teaching 8th grade seminars and overseeing faculty training, developing advisory, and orientation programs, and block schedule. She has previously taught both middle and lower school children during her career of 17 years in independent schools.
Adriana has Master’s degrees from the Kingenstein Center for Private School Leadership at Columbia University in New York City, and Peace and Development Studies from Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain and a BA from Bishop’s University, Pr. of Quebec, Canada. She is a native Spanish speaker, whose mother had to flee Nicaragua. She was raised a Catholic, went to an Anglican college and teaches at a Quaker school and embraces the importance of spiritual training for students. Previously she served in Americorps as a wildlands firefighter.
She shares with us the strong commitment to equity, diversity, integrity and inclusion. She has a great sense of humor and the deep experience we were hoping to find to lead our school.
As you know, we initiated this search for a new head a year ago to find a candidate to bring us to the next level in the school’s development. We had a number of very good applications and over the summer and fall winnowed that down to three highly qualified candidates, each of whom spent three days meeting the search committee, the board, faculty, staff, students and parents during three separate visits in October. That process is now very satisfactorily complete. It is with profound gratitude to the search committee, led by board member Polly Donald and consisting of Ryan Cobbins, Kit Ambrose, Carolyn Jones, Destinee Perkins, Diane Grove, Loree Lindsey-Pack, Laurie Nakauchi, Chelsea Grantham, and Sara Yelpaala, as well as our search consultant Doreen Oleson of RG175. We are also grateful to all of you who took time to meet with the candidates and pass along your thoughts to the committee. It was a true community effort.
Obviously, this search would not have even been possible without the marvelous work of founding head Walt McCoy and his wife Carolyn, and of course the first board chair and second head of SES, Ramsay Stabler. I have had the privilege of being chair of a board employing Ramsay for a dozen years, half here and half at St Anne’s Episcopal School and six with Walt, all of which have be an unqualified blessing.
I am very confident that our tradition of great heads will continue with Adriana Murphy.
SES Board Chair
From Adriana Murphy
It is an honor to be appointed the next Head of St. Elizabeth’s School, and I am thrilled to join the community. St. Elizabeth’s combination of Episcopal values—love, diversity, equality, equity, faith, and inclusion—and robust teaching and learning are inspiring. I look forward to working with all members of the St. Elizabeth’s community as we continue to serve as a model of inclusivity and excellence.
I would like to thank the St. Elizabeth’s Board of Trustees, the Search Committee, all the parents, faculty, staff, and students who took the time to meet with me during my visit. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with each and every one of you and look forward to getting to know every member of St. Elizabeth’s. I would also like to thank Ramsay Stabler for his work and dedication to St. Elizabeth’s. Ramsay and I will be in communication before my official start date on July 1; I am grateful for his leadership in developing St. Elizabeth’s into the school it is today.
As we head into Thanksgiving, I hope that you and your families are blessed with good health and an abundance of love. In my family, we have a tradition in which each person around the table shares something for which they are grateful. This year, I will be sharing the blessing it is to be part of St. Elizabeth’s.Best foot forward,