Leadership

The Discovery School is a non-profit independent school governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance of the school, which includes ensuring financial stability, setting policy, and fundraising. The Board has the authority to hire outside counsel and related services as needed. The Head of School reports directly to the Board and is the only school employee who does so.

From the Chair of the Board:

The core principles of our school community are why I chose The Discovery School for my family. Dr. Montessori’s commitment to education for peace and the International Baccalaureate’s learner profile to inspire international mindedness and respect guide our school culture. 

I have worked with many non-profit leaders in this community and Kim Bednarek is, what I have many times publicly stated, “a rockstar.” Kim is a true visionary. During her tenure at Discovery the school has experienced phenomenal growth. She, alongside The Board of Trustees, developed strategic plans that led to the adoption of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. As you know, this coupled with the solid foundational Montessori framework made our school a desirable place to enroll. Under her leadership we’ve doubled the size of our campus, built the IDREAM building, and in the 19/20 school year had a record enrollment of 270 students. I truly believe the highest praise to give a leader is to say that they are transformational. This word sums up Kim Bednarek and her time perfectly. I am filled with deep gratitude for the time, energy, and passion that she has given Discovery in her 17 year tenure.

A leadership succession plan has been in the Board’s Strategic Plan for the past 3 years. We are confident Discovery has a solid team and plan for our future. It is with great enthusiasm that Dr. Kate Pritchard, Ed.D. has accepted the appointment as interim Head of School. She has the support of the entire Board of Trustees and was a unanimous and united decision. Kate is charged with maintaining the school’s operations while we search for a permanent replacement Head of School. She has devoted her 25 years career as an educator in the classroom, Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Head of Middle School. Dr. Kate is passionate about the development of teachers’ craft, whether leading teachers in action research or training teachers in the use and meaningful integration of technology. Her training, experience, and accomplishments makes her the ideal choice for leading Discovery.  

Discovery is in a unique position as we have retained Kim to consult on operations of the school during this interim period.

The Board of Trustees is committed to active governance, sound planning, and cultivating an inclusive and vibrant community that promotes knowledge, creativity, independent thinking, and mutual respect. We thank you for your continued engagement and trust in our collective future success.

Thoughtfully,

Meredith Frisch
Board Chair 
 

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