Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Friends of Herron High School,
This is such a momentous time in the history of Herron High School. Now entering our twelfth year, we are so excited and grateful to have the opportunity to open our second campus, Riverside High School.
As a lifelong educator, serving as the Head of School at Herron High School has been both a privilege and an honor, and leading my talented team of educators as we prepared to launch our second campus has been one of the most challenging and rewarding times in my career.
As a personal journey, these past eleven years have been some of the most remarkable of my life. What began as an opportunity to design and implement plans for a new kind of school – one rooted in the classical tradition but reimagined for the 21st-century student – has allowed me to grow as an educator, and as a member of a burgeoning community. These years have seen the birth of my grandchildren, and while they have many years to go until they enter high school, they remind me, every day, how important a quality education is to the future of our children. At Herron High School and, soon, at Riverside High School we are nurturing and developing the world’s future leaders, and we are equipping them with the knowledge and thinking skills that will allow them to navigate our complex and challenging world.
As I prepare to take on my new role as President, it is a great honor to introduce Herron High School’s new Head of School, Mr. Malcolm Gilchrist. Mr. Gilchrist has been an educator at Herron High School since the 2008-2009 school year. During this time, Mr. Gilchrist has taught Latin, Economics, and U.S. History and Advanced Placement U.S. History. He has served as Instructional Coordinator, Advanced Placement Coordinator, and Assistant Head of School. Mr. Gilchrist holds a B.A. in Classical Civilizations from the University of Michigan and earned an MBA in Education Leadership through the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership at the University of Indianapolis. Mr. Gilchrist and his wife, Corinne, are the proud parents of their 18-month-old daughter, Hadley.
I remember meeting Mr. Gilchrist for the first time as a candidate for a teaching position, and I knew, without a doubt, that he would make a positive contribution to our school. He has been a beloved teacher for our students, and, as I pass this torch to him, I know he is going to lead Herron High School with integrity, intelligence, and a deep commitment to our Core Values. Parents will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Gilchrist in his new role at Back-to-School Night tomorrow, August 3rd.
Mr. Atticus Westerfeld and Ms. Amelia Torres will be Assistant Heads of School at Herron High School this year. Like Mr. Gilchrist, Mr. Westerfeld and Ms. Torres have been with the school for many years, first as teachers, then as Deans of Students. Together with Mr. Gilchrist, they will lead Herron High School into its twelfth year.
Mr. Harris and Dr. Cooney join me at the network level overseeing both campuses as Vice Presidents. Dr. Cooney’s focus will be on Operations and Mr. Harris will focus on Academics and faculty. Mrs. Woodrum continues as our network CFO. Mrs. Dorsey takes on the role of Head of School at Riverside, along with Mr. Harper as Riverside’s Assistant Head of School.
While this is my last letter to families as Herron High School’s Head of School, please watch for monthly newsletters from me as President of the network, Indianapolis Classical Schools. Regular newsletters about school happenings will continue from each school.
Finally, I want to thank you – from the bottom of my heart – for being part of our journey and for entrusting your student’s education to this team of dedicated staff and faculty. Our future is bright!
Janet H. McNeal
President, Indianapolis Classical Schools
Read the complete newsletter here:Back to School Newsletter 2017