A New Head of School for The Maine Girls’ Academy

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Dear Members of the MGA Community,

The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Amy L. Jolly as Head of School for The Maine Girls’ Academy, effective September 1, 2017. With her entrepreneurial spirit and strong independent school track record, Amy is perfectly suited to take our distinguished institution to its next level of excellence.

During the search process, we were struck not only by the enthusiastic feedback we received about Amy, but also by the extent to which she shares a passion for our mission as an all-girls school, offering young women an extended family of educators and mentors ready to challenge and nurture them as critical thinkers, engaged community members, and thoughtful leaders prepared to contribute to our increasingly global society.

Amy has extensive experience and a strong commitment to providing students with access to exceptional education experiences as evidenced through her 15+ years working at multiple independent schools including the Oakcrest School in McLean, VA, Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA and most recently at The Fenn School in Concord, MA. Amy has also been an active partner and conference speaker with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE).

Throughout her conversations with the Search Committee, Amy emphasized her deeply held belief that MGA is “uniquely positioned in Maine to offer young women of intellect, courage, and purpose an unparalleled educational opportunity.” She added, “It is the dedicated and collaborative partnership of faculty, staff, and parents which creates an exceptional educational climate where girls feel safe to take risks, develop leadership skills, and prepare for college and beyond. While the research supports the positive academic outcomes of an all-girls school, it is my experience that in an all-girls environment, girls feel more supported which allows them to achieve more and to have higher aspirations in all aspects of their lives.  I am honored to be joining the talented and devoted community of MGA educators and commit myself fully to the exciting and highly relevant mission of the school.”

This appointment comes after a comprehensive search led by our Search Committee and involving multiple interviews and conversations with faculty, staff, parents, students, and members of our Board of Trustees. Amy is the person the  Board of Trustees believe the school needs now – a Head of School who is committed to a long term relationship with MGA, is entrepreneurial, understands girls’ education, has a proven track record of leadership in independent school administration, can communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and can work collaboratively with our stakeholders. We know Amy will take the wonderful work that has been done by our current staff and faculty, and in partnership with them and our Academic Dean, Rebecca Redlon, continue to develop and implement exciting new programming and innovative curriculum at MGA building a strong and vibrant community.

Amy and her husband Dan have three children, two in college and one in a boarding school in New Hampshire. She is excited to move to Maine, and to work with all of us to move the school forward. It is with great anticipation that our community looks forward to welcoming Amy Jolly to The Maine Girls’ Academy.

Warm Regards,
Heidi Osborn
Chair, Board of Trustees