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King selects new middle school head

February 4, 2019

STAMFORD — The King School has elected Joshua Deitch as the new Head of Middle School effective July 1.

He comes from The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine, a private K-8 school in New York, N.Y. where he serves as Upper School Division Head (grades 5-8).

“Josh brings deep expertise to the Head of Middle School position, including strategic program development, team management and support, and community leadership,” said Karen Eshoo, Head of School. “We are excited to have such an experienced, committed educator to lead King Middle School into the future, and we look forward to welcoming Josh to campus in July.”

Deitch is currently serving his third year as the Upper School Division Head (grades 5-8) at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. Prior to that, he served as the Middle School Division Head at Saddle River Day School in New Jersey for five years, having come from Rippowam Cisqua where he worked in technology and taught Latin and Social Studies. Deitch holds a bachelor’s degree in education and American cultural studies from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s from Manhattanville College in adolescent social studies, and a doctorate of education from Northeastern University in curriculum, teaching, learning and leadership.

Deitch has always focused heavily on the student experience, and the ways that strong relationships set the stage for dynamic learning that best prepares students for today’s complex and ever-changing world.

“I am honored to be selected as the new Head of Middle School at King,” Deitch said. “The middle school years are such a dynamic time for adolescents, and a time when we as educators can create truly transformational learning experiences for them. I am thrilled to join King School, which shares my commitment to enabling students to thrive in a student-centered, challenging program with the support of a kind community.”

King began an extensive, nationwide search in July 2018, led by its search committee and supported by the Educational Directions consulting firm. Six finalist candidates were invited for meetings on campus with the broad King Middle School community, including parents, students, faculty and staff, administrators, and trustees.

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com

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