The Kew-Forest School appoints first female Head of School

Established in 1918, The Kew-Forest School is the oldest independent, co-ed college preparatory school in the New York City borough of Queens for  students in early childhood through 12th grade.

After conducting an extensive nationwide search, The Kew-Forest School  just announce that Carla Jantos MacMullen, Dean of Faculty at Hopkins  School in New Haven, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to be the next and first female Head of The Kew-Forest School effective July 1, 2017.

Screen Shot 2017-04-12 at 1.32.31 PMMs. MacMullen brings a long and distinguished career of consistent success in education to her new role at Kew-Forest.

She has spent the past 30 years at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT, one of the country’s oldest and finest independent day schools. The two schools have much in common including a deep respect for and commitment to scholarship, service, creativity, and ethical conduct.  Ms. MacMullen will serve as the ninth Head of School to lead Kew-Forest—an exciting and historic moment for the School as it approaches its centennial anniversary next year.

“The selection of Head of School is one of the greatest responsibilities of trusteeship.  In our many rounds of interviews and conversations with Ms. MacMullen, we consistently saw a strong and thoughtful leader; a superior level of preparation and analysis; someone committed to our values of diversity and inclusion and consideration of the balance between independent school best practices and Kew-Forest’s specific needs—all while keeping students first,” said Gregory L. Matalon, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead The Kew-Forest School and committed to partnering with the Board of Trustees to honor tradition while stewarding the School’s future.  I greatly look forward to getting to know the current generation of students and their families and closely working with the faculty and administration.  I also look forward to connecting with the alumni of this esteemed school and understanding what Kew-Forest has meant to legions of students over the years. I’m excited to serve the school community and lead Kew-Forest into the next phase of its history,” said Ms. MacMullen.

With more than 250 students hailing from 65 countries around the globe, Kew-Forest produces citizens of our school and the world. Today the School maintains a rich tradition of fostering “high standards of excellence, discipline and a sincere spirit of service.” Their graduates develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education at top colleges and universities.


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