Our Next Head of School: Racheal Adriko
Racheal Adriko will become Metropolitan Montessori School’s Head of School in July 2019.
Racheal comes to us from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, where she is Lower School (K–5) Principal. She has been a teacher for six years and an administrator for 11. She has also been the recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Teacher Scholarship and the American Association of University Women’s Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowship. Over the last five years at Milton, she led a full curriculum review and renewal. She also launched global partnerships with schools in India, Spain, and Uganda (where she grew up). At Milton, she co-chairs the Trustees Engagement Committee and is a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition, she oversees auxiliary programs to generate revenue.
When Racheal visited MMS in October 2018, she impressed faculty/staff and parents alike, who recognized her strong communication and leadership skills, in addition to her work with curricular innovation. “Racheal is intelligent, personable, cares about faculty and their practice and growth. She cares deeply about children and their overall development,” as one faculty member wrote in their candidate survey.
When her selection was announced, Racheal shared a message with the MMS community: “From the moment I set foot in MMS, I was moved by the warmth of the community, the thoughtful and engaging faculty, and the parents who so deeply embrace the School’s mission, values, and pedagogical approach. Likewise, I was impressed by the sensitivity and care with which the students confidently flexed their intellectual capacity and shared their perspectives and diverse interests and backgrounds. ”
Racheal was chosen following a nearly year-long search process, after our current Head of School Brenda Mizel announced that she would be retiring at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. During spring 2018, faculty, staff, and parents gathered to share feedback about the qualities MMS’ next Head of School should possess. The Head of School Search Committee used this feedback not only to inform the job’s position statement, but to evaluate the three finalists. The committee enthusiastically recommended Racheal, who was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees.
We’re excited to welcome Racheal as Metropolitan Montessori School’s 11th Head of School!