Meet our Head of School
It is an honor to be the head of school at Trinity Valley School, and to be a current parent as well.
As I enter my twenty-seventh year in education, I remain convicted that a true education does not take place solely in the classroom or on the field. One of the many strengths of Trinity Valley School is the number and quality of programs, anchored by a balance of robust academics, an impressive combination of fine arts, and competitive athletics. In addition, the Global Education Program and Trojan Outdoor Experience are well-established and integral aspects of the TVS student experience. They provide rich opportunities for young people to travel, expand their horizons, and grow, while challenging and learning more about themselves.
In my time at TVS, both as a parent and administrator, I have been awed by the eagerness with which our students approach their academic and extracurricular endeavors. None of our students is one-dimensional. These young people are capable and industrious, possessing varied interests. The youngest kindergartners through graduating seniors are encouraged, guided, and supported by a faculty that is visionary and top-rate. While our programs are innovative and our campus facilities state-of-the-art, our core strength is the connection between teachers and students. Their relationships make Trinity Valley School the place it is.
In my mind, far too many schools are what I call OR schools - you can be in the play OR you can be involved in athletics; you can be a grade-level representative OR be on student government. Great schools like TVS are AND schools - you can be involved in outdoor education AND play basketball; you can be a Trojan Tutor AND a cheerleader, for example.
As the Class of 2018 crossed the stage at graduation last spring, an observer would have seen:
• a lacrosse player who was a most significant leader in our outdoor education program;
• a young woman who was on Student Council, played on the drumline and spent much of her summer working with refugees across the world;
• a three-sport athlete who left campus each day to work in a lab at TCU studying nanotube technology; and
• an Eagle Scout who designed and built all of the Upper School theater sets, and consequently will study architecture at The University of Virginia.
These are the kinds of interests that speak of a great school with myriad opportunities where children are allowed to experience, firsthand, and where they feel safe not only to try but fail. TVS students seize these opportunities afforded them, and grow into the best versions of themselves.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about Trinity Valley School. To truly experience the School and all it has to offer, please schedule a time to stop by for a visit – we look forward to meeting you.
Ian L. Craig
Head of School
Mr. Craig received a B.A. from Syracuse University in International Relations in 1990 and an M.A. from New York University (NY) in Secondary Social Studies Education in 1992. To continue his professional development, he completed coursework towards a master’s in liberal arts from Harvard University (concentration: History) from 1996-98. Additionally, he has presented at the CASE/NAIS Conferences (2013, 2015) and Index Conference (2014), among others, and has attended the ISACS Heads of School Conference (2011), NAIS Leadership through Partnership for Board Chairs and Heads of School (2006), NAIS New Heads Institute (2006), and others. From 2006-2016, Mr. Craig served as the Head of School at Harding Academy (a K-8 coed day school in Nashville, TN). Prior to that, he was the Middle School Director at the University School (Shaker Heights, OH) from 2005-06, Middle School Director at the Westtown School (Westtown, PA) from 2000-05, Assistant Head of Middle School at the Greenhill School (Dallas) from 1998-2000, a history teacher and coach at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School from 1994-98 (Cambridge, MA), and a history teacher and coach in grades 7, 8, & 10 at Kildonan School (Amenia, NY) from 1992-94. Mr. Craig and his wife, Holly (an entrepreneur), have two sons (one is a junior at TVS and the other is a junior at TCU) as well as an infant daughter.