Derby Academy is pleased to welcome Kathleen Smith as the new Head of the Primary and Lower School. Ms. Smith will assume the role of division head for faculty, staff, and students in pre-kindergarten through third grade when classes resume Thursday, September 8.
Ms. Smith joins Derby from the Langley School in McLean, Virginia, where she held positions as a faculty member, director of student life, and director of academics prior to becoming assistant head of school.
Derby Academy Head of School Joe Perry is delighted to have Ms. Smith join the Derby community. “Her experience, as well as her expertise in social and emotional development, will contribute to Derby’s mission to nurture children and deliver maximum intellectual, emotional, and physical growth,” said Perry.
Ms. Smith is excited to join the Derby community this September. “Derby recognizes that students need to be exposed to many different perspectives as they grow and develop so they can embrace the ideas of others,” said Ms. Smith. “To address both a rigorous academic program and a robust social emotional curriculum in equal measure is what makes Derby really special.”
A native of Cohasset and Duxbury, Ms. Smith received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Cambridge. Prior to the Langley School, Ms. Smith held teaching positions at Dana Hall School and The Pike School.