Dear Pike Community,
The Board of Trustees is excited to announce that it has unanimously voted to appoint Ashley Marshall as the seventh Head of The Pike School, effective as of July 1, 2020. Ashley is a dedicated and passionate educator and teacher whose innovative and inspiring approach to learning and leading makes her an excellent successor to Muddy Waters.
The Board and Search Committee are impressed with Ashley's alignment with Pike's core values and mission, as well as her unwavering commitment to all children and to educational excellence.
Ashley both leads and inspires others to lead at the same time. Muddy Waters stated that, "Ashley is an accomplished, inspirational and visionary leader, one who knows education and children, and who is poised to retain the best of Pike while bringing it forward to meet the needs of future generations."
As the principal of the Lower School at The Lovett School, Ashley leads a division of 500 students and 80 faculty with a focus on growth mindset, equity and curricular innovation. Some of her mission driven initiatives have included evaluating curricula through research of best educational practices, coordinating professional development, and mentoring grade-level teams. During her time at Lovett, she encouraged all teachers to hone their craft and leadership skills, and developed an Inward Forward™ methodology for cultivating high performing leaders.
In addition, as a staff member of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project for two years, she focused her efforts on developing more equitable and globally informed schools and communities. Previously in her career, she garnered experience with community service in education, admissions, and as a TECAT (Teachers Educating Colleagues About Technology) leader where she worked with faculty to develop and assess pedagogy around technology and the challenges of educating students in a 21st century classroom. She is also a faculty member of the Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers at the Klingenstein Center where she continues her commitment to mentoring and developing early career teachers in regard to key educational pedagogies and best practices.
A trustee emeritus of The Lovett School remarked, "Ashley is an incredible thinker - brilliant and wonderful. Pike is incredibly fortunate to have her as the next head of school."
Ashley graduated from Simmons College where she earned her bachelors degree in English and Elementary Education. She subsequently earned a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, as well as a Masters of Education in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College of Columbia University. She is an avid reader, enjoys running marathons and half marathons, and spending time with her husband Chad and 3-month old son Bennett.
Upon reflecting on her appointment, Ashley shared, "I am overjoyed to join Pike as the next Head of School! During my visit, I met passionate teachers, dedicated parents and trustees, and curious and empathetic children. Pike is a place of life-long learning, where every child and adult is challenged to grow and flourish. We look forward to joining the Pike family, truly a community of endless possibility."
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your support, confidence and engagement throughout this journey to find the next head of school. In addition, a very special thank you to all of the members of the Search Committee - your tremendous time, commitment, insight, thoughtfulness, diligence, willingness to listen and collaborate, and thoroughness throughout this process has been nothing short of incredible.
We look forward to Pike's bright future, together.
Meerie M. Joung, P'17, '20
Chair, Board of Trustees