In the Baltimore area, choosing a private school involves consideration of a number of factors. Is it co-ed or single sex? Does the school have a religious foundation and is the community diverse? Is it large or small and what grades does it serve? These are the same factors that Christine Szala, St. Paul’s School for Girls’ (SPSG) newly named Upper School Head considered when she accepted the position.
Drawn to SPSG because of the school’s single-sex education and commitment to girls, Szala says she is very impressed with the diversity of the community and school’s Episcopal tradition.
“After just one visit with the diverse members of the SPSG community, I knew this was a special place,” she says. “I could feel the excitement and dedication to the academic, physical and spiritual excellence of its students. I am looking forward to the opportunity for continued personal and professional development at SPSG. I embrace the challenges that will be presented in an all-girls environment. It is a true honor and privilege to join the SPSG family.”
Currently the Deputy Head of School at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, Szala will bring to SPSG a wide range of skills. At Madeira she is responsible for coordinating, implementing, supervising, and evaluating all programs, activities, and personnel that support student life, including athletics, discipline, health, counseling, and safety issues. She also facilitates and implements faculty/staff orientations, new student orientation, and student leadership training.
Szala will join the SPSG community, July 1, 2011, as Upper School Head, replacing Alice Philips, who is retiring after 28 years of service to SPSG, ten of which serving as Upper School Head. Szala brings with her a wealth of experience across the spectrum from academics and athletics, to admissions and administration. She served as chair of Madeira’s VAIS 5- year Reaccreditation Team, co-chaired the Health and Retention Committee, and worked collaboratively with the Administrative Team, the Admissions Committee, the Diversity Committee, the Student Government, and the Executive Judiciary Committee. She is also a seasoned biology teacher and coach. At Madeira, she is the associate coach of the track and field team.
Before joining the Madeira faculty, Szala served as Director of Student Life / Dean of Students at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, Rhode Island. She also worked as Dean of Students at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, and Dean of Students at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She a holds a Master of Education from Springfield College and is a 2008-2009 National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Head Cohort Fellow.