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. Before visiting TVS, I certainly was drawn 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 was so impressed with the talented and dedicated faculty, and perhaps most importantly, I was excited to get to know all of the students. The spring before I 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 new TVS ninth grader, 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.
Head of School
Click on the image below to read our "Incoming Head of School" article from our Spring 2016 Trojan Voice: