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Dear Friends of The Girls' Middle School,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, it is my great pleasure to announce that Jennifer I. Ayer will be joining The Girls' Middle School (GMS) as Head of School, effective August 1, 2013. Last March, the Board of Trustees appointed Jennifer to be GMS's incoming Head of School based on the enthusiastic recommendation of the Search Committee, which cited a great match of the criteria established by the GMS Community and the Board with Jennifer's experience, skills and leadership style.
Jennifer brings an impressive level of educational leadership to her new role, including success as a Middle School Director at Menlo School, Atherton, and an Independent School Trustee at Phillips Brooks School, Menlo Park, Castilleja School, Palo Alto, and Groton School, Groton, MA. A believer in the importance of progressive education, Jennifer recently co-founded the Creekside 21st Century Learning Lab in Portola Valley, a stand-alone 5th grade showcasing the best practices in 21st Century teaching and learning.
Jennifer's early career was in consulting at McKinsey & Company. She has both an MBA from the Graduate School of Business and an MA in Administration & Policy Analysis from the School of Education at Stanford University. Jennifer completed the coursework for a MA in Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley, and has lived in Indonesia and Thailand. Jennifer was a Morehead Scholar and earned a BA in English from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Jennifer is a person of impeccable integrity. She is passionate in her belief that teachers are at the heart of a great school. She embraces the GMS mission and is aligned with the ideals of an all-girls progressive middle school education that honors diversity. Jennifer knows the value of a STEM focus while creating an environment where all girls can explore their strengths and express their voices.
In accepting her appointment Jennifer said, "I feel enormously honored to be selected as GMS's next Head of School. GMS has a distinctive and important mission which permeates every aspect of the school. I have seen the transformational effect of a GMS education on many girls including my own seventh grade daughter. I look forward to knowing all the members of the GMS family and will do my utmost to lead the school with the wisdom and care it so richly deserves."
The Board thanks Marion Minor for serving as Executive Director and Laura Reeve for stepping in as the Interim Head of School. Under their leadership, GMS continues to be a very special place for middle school girls. We are delighted to announce that Laura Reeve has been promoted to Assistant Head of School following her year as Interim Head.
Please join me in thanking Laura and Marion and welcoming Jennifer to GMS!
Chair, Board of Trustees