A survivor of the Holocaust, Ms. Dahme shared the story of how strangers saved her family from extermination.
Letter from Incoming Lower School Director
May 7, 2020
Dear Pingry Community,
I am deeply honored and humbled to join Pingry as its next Lower School Director. Pingry has long been defined by its time-honored values and commitment to excellence, and I am eager to join a community of exceptional educators dedicated to inspiring a love of learning in the lives of young children. With so much that is happening in the world, I am grateful to have found my way to Pingry.
My path in independent schools has been filled with relationships with children of great promise. These experiences date back to my tenure at The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, first as a science teacher, and extend to my current role as Assistant Head of School, Director of Academics, and Director of Upper School at St. Edmund’s Academy, a preschool through 8th grade independent school in Pittsburgh, PA. Like many educators, I have had the good fortune of helping children grow into leaders who go on to make a positive impact in their communities. I am excited about our new partnership and the vast opportunities that will naturally develop as a result of our collaboration at Pingry.
While I have only experienced Pingry through the lens of Zoom, I feel as though I have been well-acquainted with the school for much longer. The time I spent with teachers, students, and parents during the search process reinforced for me the strength of the Pingry community. Each interaction left me energized and wanting to learn more about the things that make the Lower School special — the imagination and curiosity of children, the warmth of their teachers, the diversity of families, the Honor Code, and importantly, Big Blue! Needless to say, I was heartened by our conversations, which placed children at the center and so fittingly exemplified the spirit of Pingry’s motto, “The greatest respect is due students.” I am inspired by the fulfilling relationships and the values that the Lower School stands for and lives by each and every day.
I am deeply optimistic about our future and eagerly await for the moment when we can meet in person and reclaim our space at the Short Hills campus. I look forward to celebrating the joy of Lower School and partnering with you as we begin our next chapter together.