Moses Brown School Announces New Head of Upper School
On behalf of the Head of Upper School search committee, Moses Brown School is pleased to announce that Laura Twichell will become Moses Brown’s next Head of Upper School, effective July 1, 2021.
Laura is currently the Interim Dean of Faculty at Concord Academy, where she has helped lead the school through the pandemic and its many associated complexities. Formerly the Interim Academic Dean, Director of Community and Equity, and a teacher of French and English at CA, Laura has deep experience with all facets of life in a high-functioning Upper School, including faculty professional development, pedagogy and grading practices, hiring, student support services, the transition of 9th graders, and the promotion of an equitable and inclusive community. Formerly she taught at the Acera School (Winchester, MA) and the Hyde School (Woodstock, CT) and she has additional experience as a soccer coach, dorm faculty, and trip chaperone. Laura earned her undergraduate degree in Biology and French from Swarthmore College and a Master’s in Education from Harvard.
“Laura was selected from a field of very talented educators in a rigorous and wide-ranging national search,” said Head of School Matt Glendinning, “and she will further MB’s dedication to pedagogical excellence and to building an inclusive, engaged, and equitable community.”
Laura’s background teaching across disciplines (English, French, Algebra, Ecology, Biology) and working across administrative roles (Dean of Faculty, Academic Dean, Director of Community and Equity) has shaped her into a versatile, capable leader and mentor who is admired and highly respected by her colleagues. Her deep concern for process and collaboration draws on a combination of profound listening skills, clarity of vision, careful planning, and steadfast action – a toolkit uniquely suited to the rigors and demands of Friends school leadership.
“In Moses Brown I see a school deeply committed to its mission to inspire the inner promise of each student and instill the utmost care for learning, people, and place. This speaks to the core of who I am as an educator, and I look forward to joining in this work with the entire MB community,” explained Twichell.
She will join Moses Brown in mid-summer, after bringing the school year at CA to a successful conclusion.