Aug 262014

The Rev. Edgar Taylor (via Trinity Episcopal School)

The Rev. Edgar Taylor (via Trinity Episcopal School)

Trinity Episcopal School has recruited the chaplain of a school in Delaware to serve as its next Head of School, leading the Garden District institution’s nearly 400 students into a new curriculum focused on technology, school officials announced Tuesday morning.

The Rev. Edgar G. Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest, has also been an assistant headmaster at a school in Connecticut and an English and computer teacher at a school in Maryland. For more details, see the full news release below:

Trinity Episcopal School announces that The Reverend Edgar G. Taylor has been named the School’s seventh Head of School.

Rev. Taylor, who is known as Gary, most recently served as Chaplain at Saint Anne’s Episcopal School in Middletown, Delaware. Before receiving his Master in Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and becoming an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, he spent 17 years at Wooster School, a PreKindergarten — Twelfth Grade college preparatory school of 380 students in Danbury, Connecticut. At Wooster, Rev. Taylor served as a teacher, coach, dean of students, dean of admissions, chaplain, and division head. He was promoted to Assistant Headmaster and played a prominent role in managing all aspects of the school’s day-to-day operations including chairing the Strategic Planning Committee.

Prior to his tenure at Wooster School, Rev. Taylor served as an English and computer teacher at Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale College, and his Master of Education with a concentration in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“From the moment we met Gary, we recognized the energy with which he approaches life and children in particular,” said Fritz Gomila, a member of the Trinity Episcopal School Class of 1983 and Chairman of the School’s Board of Trustees. “As the committee evaluated three very qualified finalists after a nationwide search, Gary stood out as the clear leader because of his values, leadership style, and conviction in the ability of a school to play a major role in the development of good people.”

Rev. Taylor, who officially began as Head of School on July 1, 2014, joins the School at an exciting time, as it introduces an aggressive new technology program and integrates the Math in Focus program into the current curriculum. A capital campaign culminated this year with the completion of major renovations to Bishop Polk Hall and The Pink House.

This announcement is the end result of several months of work by the Search Committee, beginning with its formation in June 2013. As a first step, the Search Committee engaged Educational Directions, Inc., professional consultants known for extensive experience in Head of School searches, to guide the Search Committee in establishing the process of identifying the next Trinity Episcopal School Head of School. Educational Directions conducted meetings with members of the Trinity community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents to solicit input from all constituencies of Trinity. From a substantial national pool, EDI narrowed the candidate list to approximately 15 highly qualified contenders. The Search Committee narrowed the pool to three finalists, who each spent two days on campus. The Head Search Committee discussed each candidate in great detail, drawing from all data compiled. After much thoughtful consideration, the Search Committee unanimously recommended Rev. Taylor as the next Head of Trinity School, and on Monday, November 25, 2013, the Board of Trustees and the Vestry confirmed the recommendation.

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