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.

Having served independent schools for twenty-five years, I have always been drawn to schools that unabashedly provide balance of program, specifically academics, arts, and athletics. I was attracted to TVS due to the strength and number of programs, anchored by the incredible combination of fine arts, robust academics, and competitive athletics. The Global Initiatives and Trojan Outdoor Experience programs resonated equally, as they provide amazing opportunities for young people to travel, to grow, to challenge and learn more about themselves.

When I arrived on campus for the first time, I was invigorated by all that was happening, and on a Saturday, no less. There was a huge track meet in progress, students working in the art room, actors rehearsing for a theater production, and students in a club collaborating with their teacher.

But a true education is not solely what happens in the classroom or on the field – far from it. As taken as I was with the programs and the incredible campus with its state-of-the-art facilities, it was the people who drew me to TVS. It is the strength of the teachers and students, and their relationships, that make a school.

I have been so impressed with the talented and dedicated faculty, and perhaps most importantly, it has been exciting to get to know all of the students. The spring before I even assumed my new role, I sent an email of introduction to each TVS junior, as I knew we would work closely together during senior year. Among other things, I asked the students to tell me a little bit about themselves. The first six responses were from these remarkable 11th graders:

  • a young man involved in the Outdoor Education program who plays ukulele and lacrosse and is on the drum line;
  • a lacrosse and soccer player who loves chemistry and physics;
  • a young woman who is in French club, co-president of the philosophy club, and founder of Weekend Unplugged;
  • a young man who has visited 31 countries, flies his own plane, and loves hunting and fishing;
  • an actress who plays field hockey and is involved in theater, music, and community service; and,
  • a cheerleader who loves debate and public speaking and is involved in the Trojan Tutors program.

Not one of the responses I received was one-dimensional. These are the kinds of interests that speak of a great school with myriad opportunities where kids are allowed to experience, firsthand. As the parent of a TVS student, I aspire for my son to continue to hone this sort of background and well-roundedness.

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.

This only happens in an environment where kids feel safe to try, and perhaps fail, and that starts with all kinds of different opportunities. More importantly, it happens with a faculty that encourages, guides, and supports.

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.

Best wishes,
Ian Craig
Head of School

Mr. Craig's Bio

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 will be a college freshman in 2016-17 and the other will be entering TVS Upper School as a freshman in 2016-17.