I am thrilled to write today with an update on our Director of the Lower School search.

This process yielded over 40 applications from highly-qualified educators, including a number of sitting directors, rising stars and educational leaders. Our Search Committee—composed of Lower School faculty, staff and administration—selected five individuals for virtual semifinalist visits, which ultimately resulted in two promising finalists visiting on campus in recent weeks. Feedback was received from current Flint Hill parents, students, faculty and administration to hone in on the right fit and match for our community, as well as the best skillset to shepherd our Lower School for years to come.

I am proud to share that Madeleine Lopez was a unanimous choice of our Search Committee, and she has officially accepted the position to be our next Director of the Lower School, beginning on July 1, 2023.  

Mrs. Lopez currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Lower School at the Collegiate School in Manhattan, New York. She is a graduate of the Hackley School in New York, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and two Master’s degrees: an M.A. in teaching from Manhattanville College and an M.Ed. in Private School Leadership from Columbia University. She has taught multiple elementary grade levels, both in public and private school, as well as held numerous academic leadership positions. She possesses the depth of leadership, breadth of skill, warmth and curiosity that is essential for this position at Flint Hill.

While her experience and impact at her current and previous schools are laudable, it was the impression she made with our Flint Hill community that solidified the Search Committee’s decision. As one parent shared in their feedback, “She has the education, passion and experience to take a great foundation here and bring new perspectives to the school.” And, as one Lower School teacher put it, “Mrs. Lopez is someone from whom all of us can learn and grow alongside as a collaborative thinker and inclusive leader.” Lastly, as one of our Lower School students shared, “She was very kind and would be a good Husky.”

We are excited for Mrs. Lopez to join the Husky community, and we will offer opportunities for our families to connect with her as we look ahead to the 2023-24 school year later this spring.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.

Go Huskies!

Patrick McHonett
Head of School