At the Galloway School in Buckhead, Suzanna Jamsby of Brookhaven is starting as the new headmaster. Although Jamsby’s mother is Australian and her father is British, she was raised in the U.K. and married a Swede.
She moved to Atlanta to work as the Atlanta International School’s upper school principal for six years.
Jamsby said she is “changing a few things up” at Galloway this year.
“I feel like schools go about it in a normal way,” she said. “I want to rethink what learning spaces can be.”
For example, instead of having a formal meeting with the school’s leadership team, Jambsy said they cooked a big Greek feast together.
“We had a lot of fun,” she said. “We spent several hours in the kitchen learning about how one another behaves in the kitchen. … I decided to get in the kitchen and see how people interact. Some are naturals, you can see that others are control freaks and some like to boss people around. It’s a really great exercise.”
Hong Kong native Gary Kan, a new Holy Innocents’ teacher, is starting a Mandarin Chinese program aside from teaching physics.
Kan is wrapping up his summer at Middlebury College in Vermont, completing his master’s degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.
He said he expects just five or six upper-school students in the Chinese program’s first year.
“Learning Mandarin Chinese is a great way to get our children ready for the upcoming challenge that comes along with globalization,” Kan said.
He said all classes will be “strictly conducted in Chinese” but will be “rigorous and fun” and wil also cover topics like Chinese culture, society and religion.
“Our one-year program is equivalent to one semester of Chinese 101 on the college level,” Kan said. “That means finishing four years of Chinese at HIES would send our students to Chinese 300s in the freshman year in college.”
At North Atlanta High School, Mark MyGrant, who retired as principal in June, is returning to the school this year to serve as interim principal while Atlanta Public Schools continue to search for his replacement.
Construction began on the new North Atlanta campus and is still set to open in fall 2013, according to school system spokesman Keith Bromery, Sutton Middle School will be relocated to the old campus at the same time.
In other news, at the Atlanta Girls’ School, former English department chair Joan King begins her tenure as interim head of school, Pinney Allen, who retired.