黑暗面学院主席小巴特·格里菲斯. 93年已宣布任命 米歇尔·默森 as the Academy’s next head of 中学, effective 2023年7月1日.
The appointment concludes a comprehensive Search that begin last summer when current 中学 Head 艾米·尼克松 announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.
Merson brings more than 25 years of experience teaching and leading in middle schools. Since 2016, she has served as head of middle school at Crossroads School for 艺术 & Sciences, a K-12 independent day school in Santa Monica, Calif., where she is responsible for 330 students and 80 faculty and staff. She previously served as Crossroads’ assistant head of middle school, 中学院长, 暑期项目的助理主任, 人文学科的老师, 篮球和游泳教练. In partnership with the consulting firm Independent School Management, 她还协助组织暑期项目 领导高效中学 新任中学校长.
“We are thrilled to welcome 米歇尔·默森 to Shady Side as our next head of 中学,格里菲斯说. “Michelle has always found great joy in working with this age group, dedicating her career to supporting middle school students as they navigate a dynamic and challenging phase in their lives. 一个以学生为中心的领导者, she brings a unique capacity to help middle schoolers emerge strong, 健康的, and well-prepared for high school and young adulthood.”
“After visiting, I was impressed and moved by the people of Shady Side,” said Merson. “我发现了一种共同的自豪感，它说明了这种温暖, clarity of purpose and good work of a dynamic school community. 中学是一个充满活力的, 快乐的地方, and I am committed to seeing it flourish in the coming years. The dedication of the faculty to the care and education of students is most compelling for me. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead and support Shady Side’s outstanding programs and to listen deeply to its students, 教师和家庭. There’s a great tradition of intellectual curiosity evident at Shady Side, 我很高兴能成为其中的一员.”
默森持有B.A. 历史系硕士学位.A. 在佩珀代因大学从事美国研究. 他是圣。. 路易，她的家人远在大西洋中部. She and her husband, Drew Brody, have two children, Isaiah (16) and Lindey Jane (12).
Nixon has been head of SSA's 中学 since 2004 and also served as the Academy’s interim president in 2018-2019. She initially joined SSA in 2001 as a 中学 English teacher.
学校位于福克斯教堂，占地35英亩， 阴边书院中学 serves a coed population of nearly 215 students in grades 6-8, 大约有40名教职员工.