Brookwood's Lower School director departing for new position
June 11, 2012
THOMASVILLE -- Brookwood Lower School Director Ashley Harper, a teacher and administrator at Brookwood School since 2001, is leaving Thomasville at the end of June to move to Pennsylvania with her husband Doug and their son Jack, a rising 11th grader, and son Riley, who just completed his kindergarten year at Brookwood.
"It is with excitement that my family and I make this move, but with sadness that we leave the Brookwood School family," said Ashley Harper in a letter to school parents. "I remain confident that the outstanding faculty of the Lower School will continue to serve the students and families of this community with integrity and skill and that the new leadership arriving will be blessed by the outstanding programs in place, a wonderful faculty with whom to work, and the best students anyone could ever choose."
Beginning as a fifth-grade teacher at Brookwood in January 2001, Harper became Middle School director in 2006-2007, and then served as director of both the Middle School and Lower School from 2008 until 2010, when Raina Cauley was hired to direct the Middle School. Harper has been director of the Lower School, junior kindergarten through 5th grade, since then.
She will become the director of the Lower School at the Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Penn.
In a statement to the Brookwood community, Harper said: "The strength of the Lower School faculty is what makes Brookwood's Lower School stand among the best. It is with complete confidence in their abilities that I know the opportunities for the future will be great ones for our students, faculty, and families. My years at Brookwood School are so dear to me. The professionalism and dedication of my colleagues have been a shining example and inspiration for me."
Headmaster Mike Notaro said, "Brookwood has been more than blessed and fortunate to have benefitted from the exceptional work and dedication that Ashley Harper has given this school, both as teacher and administrator. "
Notaro has announced that Cheryl Harrison will serve as the interim Lower School director for the upcoming year.
"Cheryl is a very well-known commodity in Grady County and has been a highly respected educator holding a number of teaching and leadership positions for many years."
In addition, Notaro noted, "Harrison was a member of Brookwood's first graduating class in 1974."
Photo attached: Lower School Director Ashley Harper receives a going-away gift from Headmaster Mike Notaro during Brookwood's faculty and staff meeting on May 25.