I am pleased to share the following announcement, sent on behalf of Patti Lemere, clerk of the Middle School Head Search Committee.

Dear SSFS Families,

With current Middle School Head Jonathan Oglesbee accepting his new position as SSFS Upper School Head starting this summer, a Middle School Search Committee was formed in early February 2017 to spearhead the search for a new Middle School Head at SSFS. After meeting with many strong candidates throughout the winter, the committee is delighted to announce the recommendation of David K. Blake to be the next Middle School Head. David has accepted the position, which will begin in July 2017. The committee wishes to thank all those who participated in and provided valuable feedback throughout the search process.

David Blake is an accomplished education leader with over 15 years of experience in the education of students in grades 5–12. David's most recent role has been as the Middle School Assistant Director at Greensboro Day School in Greensboro, NC. While at Greensboro Day, David has served on many different committees, including School Operations Team, Middle School Student Support Team, and the GDS Enrollment Committee. In addition, David brings experience with international students as a host family and as a Homestay Coordinator for New Oasis International Education. On a more personal note, David has a wife and two sons, and we look forward to welcoming David's wife RenĂ© and their two children Seamus (rising 7th grader) and Finnegan (rising 5th grader) to the SSFS community.

The MS Search Committee will be in touch soon with follow-up information about an upcoming Meet and Greet with David that we hope to schedule later this spring or early summer, and opportunities for families to set up one-on-one meetings with David after he officially begins the first week of July.

In Peace,

Patti Lemere
Clerk of the Middle School Head Search Committee

MS Search Committee Members:

  • Clerk: Patti Lemere (MS Learning Specialist, LS and US Parent)
  • Alice Chmil (MS Science, LS Parent)
  • Aimee Farley (MS Humanities, Diversity Coordinator)
  • Francis Zell (MS Dean of Students, Physical Education, Alumni)
  • Josh Moffatt (US History, Alumni)
  • David Hickson (Asst. Head of School, Former Division Head)
  • Tony McCudden (Director of Enrollment, Former MS and US Math Teacher)
  • Carolyn Miller (HR Director)
  • Sandra Grier (MS and LS Parent)
  • Nicole Carey (LS Parent)


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