St. Anne’s Episcopal School is excited to announce Margaret Grant Mitchell ‘90 as our new Middle School Head beginning July 1, 2020. Margaret, a graduate of St. Anne’s, is an outstanding educator and leader. Currently, she teaches English and works as an admissions associate at St. Anne’s.
Margaret’s roots at St. Anne’s, first as a student and now as a teacher and parent, demonstrate her understanding of the needs of our dynamic community. She is reflective of our past, grounded in the present and driven by the forward momentum in the middle school. Her leadership and love for St. Anne’s inspire us as we prepare to engage in a new strategic planning process.
A star student-athlete, Margaret spent her high school years at the Taft School in Connecticut and her college years at Princeton University in New Jersey, where she majored in English literature and, among other pursuits, played on the women’s hockey team.
Margaret began her teaching career at The Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, in 1998 before teaching at St. Anne’s. She earned her master’s degree in English from Boston University and taught at the Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, before returning again to teach at St. Anne’s followed by the Denver School of Science and Technology. She then worked with the New Teacher Project, where she developed evaluation metrics for new teachers in Denver Public Schools.
In addition to her broad experience in the classroom and as a coach and advisor, Margaret has also served on our safety committee, higher-order thinking skills committee, health and safety committee, and the portrait of a graduate committee. She has welcomed new families to our middle school and helped current families feel at home. And with all of this, she brings a deep appreciation and understanding of our mission and values; it is clear that her passion for our school knows no bounds. In a letter to the community, Head of School Bill Clough wrote, “Over and over again, the feedback on Margaret is that she is a woman of great character, poise, enthusiasm, and unselfishness who leads by example and with the support of her teammates.”
After having two children of her own (both of whom now attend St. Anne’s), Margaret is once again settled at St. Anne’s. She sees this opportunity as a way to give back to the community that helped raise her. "This school has been an integral part of my life and my family since I came here in third grade. The values of St. Anne’s are values I have held close through all the ups and downs of life. I am grateful for the opportunity to equip students to go into the world morally grounded and inspired to contribute to their communities."
We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Mitchell in this new role, and we are excited for the future. She will succeed Sumant Bhat, who earlier this year was appointed Head of School at Stanley British Primary (beginning July 1, 2020). Over the next six months, Mr. Bhat and Mrs. Mitchell will work closely together to ensure a smooth transition.