Welcome to the Elisabeth Morrow School! I feel fortunate, indeed, to have been selected as the Interim Head of School for the 2018-19 school year. Education has been my life for over 50 years. I began my career as a teacher, department head, principal and superintendent in highly regarded suburban New York public school districts, then became a Head of School and entered the independent school world in 1997. For the past four years, I have served as an Interim Head in independent schools on both coasts.
As an interim, I see my role as twofold:
- To assure that at the end of this school year, Elisabeth Morrow feels the same and continues to be guided by and reflective of the core values and principles that characterize the school now.
- To work toward a seamless transition among the past Head, me, and the new Head of School.
Families sometimes wonder how a school undergoing a leadership transition maintains momentum and forward progress. Given the families, faculty, staff and trustees I have met thus far and their obvious love of, commitment to, and enthusiasm for EMS, I can assure you that this will be a robust and active year.
We will welcome a visiting team from the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools this fall to complete a re-accreditation process that began with our self-study last school year. We also will advance our new five-year strategic plan, move forward with the next phase of the Master Plan for our campus and, most important, care for our students in a child-centered environment that promotes the highest standards for learning and growth in academics and character.
I look forward to a productive and joyful year serving the EMS community. I hope to meet you on campus so that you can see for yourself what makes EMS so special.
Judith R. Fox, Ed.D
Interim Head of School