New Assistant Head of School for Academics and Program
I am very pleased to announce that Eric Chapman will join Park’s administrative team as the Assistant Head of School for Academics & Program on July 1.
After an extensive national search, Eric was the unanimous preference of the Search Advisory Committee and the top choice of faculty and staff. A passionate life-long learner, Eric earned his bachelor’s in social psychology at Tufts University, he earned two master’s of education degrees from Pace University, and he is currently pursuing his doctorate in education at the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, Eric has been a classroom teacher, a director of enrollment and financial aid, a director of diversity, and twice a division head, most recently as the Head of the Upper School at St. David’s School in New York City. He has worked and led in highly progressive schools as well as more traditional schools and has overseen cultural change and led curricular advancement.
Eric and his wife, Karine, are parents to a sweet, dynamic second grader who keeps them on their toes. Eric is a fan of all things science fiction, especially Star Wars and Star Trek. In addition to his academic pursuits, his own lifelong learning takes the form of martial arts. As a boy, Eric studied Judo, then Karate, and now he is a student of Tae Kwon Do and Boxing.
During the search process, Eric expressed how impressed he was with The Park School. “The community simply vibrated with a joy of learning. Throughout the hallways and classrooms, the intentional fusion of academic excellence, social-emotional learning, and applied learning was evident. This can be a rare thing to see in educational institutions today. It was a delight to observe it in action at Park.”
As the Assistant Head of School for Academics and Program, Eric will partner with me in the implementation of the 2017 strategic plan and with Kimberly Formisano, Caroline Beasley and the Grade V Team in the planning and execution of Park’s transition to a two-division (PreK-IV and V-VIII) program, including the 2020-21 launch of a new academic daily schedule. Additionally, Eric will lead Park’s ongoing curricular and instructional review and renewal process, he will direct Park’s faculty professional growth and evaluation process, and he will oversee recruitment and hiring for all academic positions at Park. Eric will also partner closely with the Director of Equity & Inclusion to ensure that Park’s curriculum demonstrates a purposeful and effective multicultural approach and that our instructional practices demonstrate the best in culturally responsive teaching.
We are fortunate to welcome Eric to Park, and he is eager to join us. He will be back for an on-campus visit later this spring and during that time there will be many opportunities to connect with him and to welcome him to our community.