The SES Board of Directors are enormously pleased to announce the arrival of Adriana Murphy, our new Head of School. Adriana's most recent work was as the head of middle school at Friends Community School in College Park Maryland, a Quaker K-8 independent school, a role she excelled in for eight years. Under her leadership the middle school has increased by 50%. She was also 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 Klingenstein 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, and proud of her Nicaraguan heritage. She was raised a Catholic, went to an Anglican college and taught 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.