In a presentation that she described as "a letter to my 17 year-old self," Dr. Weiss reflected on the career and life choices that brought her to the stage that day.
When Dr. Reid Prichett arrived at Pingry five years ago, he assumed the newly created role of Dean of Faculty for Teaching and Learning. He was charged with nurturing the ongoing professional growth of the school's faculty and developing the Assessment for Growth (AfG) process as well as a definition of teaching excellence. During his time at Pingry, Dr. Prichett guided numerous faculty through graduate programs, led an increase of faculty participation in professional development events, and helped to improve the quality of faculty In-Service Days. Having completed this important work, in addition to teaching math to Upper School students and serving as a wrestling coach, he will depart Pingry at the end of this school year to pursue new professional opportunities. As a result of his work, he will leave the School in a strong position to continue to evolve the AfG process in the years to come. Pingry thanks him for his many contributions to the School.
Following Dr. Prichett's departure, a different Reid—Upper School Academic Dean and English teacher Dr. Reid Cottingham—will step into the newly formulated role of Director of Teaching and Learning, K-12. Having served as Academic Dean since 2017, a mere two years after she arrived at Pingry, she is intimately connected not simply to the Upper School's students, but to its faculty, form deans, administrators, academic support team, and school counselors. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Cottingham earned a Ph.D. in English and American Literature at the University of Chicago and, prior to Pingry, taught these subjects for 13 years at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, where she served as its English Department Chair for two. She has also taught English at Bucknell University and Susquehanna University.
With her breadth of experience, and having already demonstrated her commitment to ensuring Pingry's high standards, reflective practice, and continuous improvement, Dr. Cottingham is well positioned to assume her new role. Her responsibilities will include implementing faculty evaluation and performance models using current research and best practices in teaching and learning; coordinating and enhancing academic programming across the School's three divisions, appropriately reflecting developmental levels; and supporting faculty by actively mentoring and sponsoring them in their professional growth and contributions to Pingry.
"Reid is a master educator. She lives Pingry's values every day and helps students, faculty, and staff to become the best version of themselves," says Head of School Matt Levinson P '21. "Her skill, depth of knowledge, and demonstrated leadership in a variety of school communities will help Pingry grow and develop in the years to come."
Congratulations to Dr. Cottingham on her new position, which will take effect on July 1, 2020.
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