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Head of School Search

Head of School Search

Welcome to the information page for Clarksville Academy’s Head of School search.

On May 14, 2018 the Board of Trustees announced that Head of School Dr. Kay D. Drew would be leaving to join her husband General Tom Drew at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina.
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    Dear Clarksville Academy Family, It is with great sadness that I share Dr. Kay Drew, Clarksville Academy Head of School, has decided to transition at the end of this school year from her position as Head of School to join her husband, Brig. General Tom Drew, as he takes command at his next assignment. As you all know, Kay holds her family close at heart and due to Tom’s military career, the past years have been ones of separation and travel as they both maintained their own careers, often times in separate locations. So while we are sad to see her go, we are happy that she will be joining Tom to support him in his assignment and continued service to our country. As Chairman of the Board and a parent at Clarksville Academy, I express my sincere appreciation to Kay for her many outstanding contributions and accomplishments during her tenure at CA. She has played a pivotal and critical role in the development and success of our school. Her commitment to the faculty and staff and Board of Trustees, an unending passion for our children’s education and a desire to strive for excellence in every aspect of the school’s operation is contagious and will be missed. There is a long list of successes attributed to Kay and our press release provides just a small sampling of her many accomplishments over the years. There is no doubt you will agree that we are much better positioned for a bright and successful future because of her outstanding leadership and long list of accomplishments. I have no doubt that Kay will always take opportunities in the future to stay involved in education and pave the way for children from all walks of life. Kay has agreed to remain committed to assisting the board of trustees in making a smooth transition to the eventual hiring of a new Head of School through the end of July and then offer her assistance in a consulting role. This is not an overnight process. Please know that as your board of trustees, we are fully committed to finding the right person that will follow in Kay’s legacy. A search committee will be formed in addition to the possible hiring of outside consultants to guide us through this all-important process. I hope you will join me in wishing Kay the best of luck in all future endeavors, but equally important, thank her for all she has done at Clarksville Academy. We are so much better because of Kay Drew. Sincerely, Tim Sawyer Chairman, Board of Trustees

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    Dear Clarksville Academy Families, It is with mixed emotion that I share my intent to move to Fort Bragg with my husband, Tom, for his recently appointed command as Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Special Operations in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While I am sad to say goodbye to our students, families, dear friends and colleagues, I am also pleased and excited for this new chapter of our life together. Tom and I have spent many hours, days, and even weeks discussing, thinking, and praying about this decision and I have clarity and peace with it. The emotional rollercoaster of this decision comes from having spent the majority of my years in education here at Clarksville Academy and having that era come to a close. I will forever be grateful for the support that has been given to me during my years of employment. To try and catalogue the changes that have occurred over the course of my career would take some additional pages. I would just share that I feel very proud of all that has been accomplished, and I owe a debt of gratitude to those who have worked along my side, both past and present, during this journey. I have had the opportunity to team with some fantastic teammates, students, families, alumni, and Board of Trustee members. I am leaving behind a truly outstanding team at Clarksville Academy. It is a team filled with talent, energy, focus, character, and loyalty. CA will continue to be served at the highest level. I will remain committed to assisting the Board of Trustees in making a smooth transition to the eventual hiring of a new Head of School. Clarksville Academy's Board of Trustees, the CA administrative team, and I will be diligent and focused on the right action plan for the open Head of School position. This plan will be announced on CA 's website in June 2018. In closing, I would like to believe that my tim·e and life here has been a significant one. While the accomplishments have meaning, lam most hopeful that the relationships have been of value to those around me. Sincerely, Dr. Kay D. Drew Head of School

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    Clarksville, Tenn. - Clarksville Academy, a Pre-K through 12th grade private college preparatory school, announced Monday that Dr. Kay Drew has decided to transition from her position as Head of School to join her husband, Brig. General Tom Drew in Fayetteville, NC at Ft. Bragg as he takes command as Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Special Operations. Her move is effective July 31, 2018. Dr. Kay Drew has had a long association with Clarksville Academy. Prior to her appointment as Head of School of Clarksville Academy in 2003, Drew began her career at CA as an Art teacher in 1993. After several years of teaching, she was asked to transition into the role of External Affairs Director. In 2002, Drew was asked to serve as Interim Head of School and shortly thereafter was installed as the sixth Head of School by the search committee and CA Board of Trustees. Dr. Drew states, “Tom and I have spent many hours, days, and even weeks discussing, thinking, and praying about this decision and I have clarity and peace with it. The emotional rollercoaster of this announcement comes from having spent the majority of my years in education here at Clarksville Academy and having that era come to a close.” Clarksville Academy Chairman of the Board, Tim Sawyer shared, “I express my sincere appreciation to Kay for her many outstanding contributions and accomplishments during her tenure at Clarksville Academy. She has played a pivotal and critical role in the development and success of our school. Her commitment to the faculty and staff and the Board of Trustees, an unending passion for our children’s education, and a desire to strive for excellence in every aspect of the school’s operation is contagious and will be missed.” Under Dr. Kay Drew’s successful school leadership, Clarksville Academy has cataloged many accomplishments that have made a profound difference in the school and in the lives of the students. Enrollment and Retention Under Drew’s leadership, the school has experienced impressive gains in enrollment for 15 consecutive years. Student enrollment has more than doubled increasing to the current 658 students. In her tenure, Clarksville Academy has seen a 90% average for the retention rate among not only students but faculty as well. The school now draws students from over 27 zip codes, to include a diverse population of military, civilian, and international students. Academics/Arts/Athletics Drew led the innovative move from books only to the addition of 1:1 Apple technology in grades K-12, and the school’s designation as a nationally recognized Apple Distinguished School for five years. She guided the Clarksville Academy athletic program through the addition of expanded team offerings, and increased team success including a State Championship title, and a move to Division II athletics. Inside the growth of student population, strong student performance has also occurred with increased college readiness scores, 100% college acceptances and increased college scholarship dollars. Drew added a service education component (CBL or Challenge-Based Learning) to the curriculum. Students and faculty team and collaborate for solutions of positive change in the greater Clarksville community in the areas of health, arts, low-income needs, and military family assistance. Campus Growth and Development She positioned Clarksville Academy for growth by purchasing 26.5 acres and developing the CA Sports Complex and field house. The complex includes Wes Smith Baseball Field, Simpson Football field, Burchett Softball field, Winn Soccer field, and the Marissa Maples Hood practice field. Her vision and a strong desire for growth resulted in the construction of a $4.5 million new education building, which houses state of the art classrooms. CA is currently purchasing 5 acres of adjoining land at the sports complex for future athletic programs. Under Drew’s leadership, the school has generated increased financial gifts. When asked about her leadership at Clarksville Academy Drew stated, “I feel very proud of all that has been accomplished, and I owe a debt of gratitude to those who have worked along my side, both past and present, during this journey. I have had the opportunity to team with some fantastic teammates, students, families, alumni, and Board of Trustee members. I am leaving behind a truly outstanding team at Clarksville Academy. It is a team filled with talent, energy, focus, character, and loyalty. CA will continue to be served at the highest level.” Dr. Drew will remain committed to assisting the Board of Trustees in making a smooth transition to the eventual hiring of a new Head of School. Kay Drew, Clarksville Academy Board of Directors and the CA administrative team will be diligent and focused on the right action plan for the open Head of School position. This plan will be announced on the CA website in June 2018.

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    Dear Clarksville Academy Community, I am writing to you today to update you all on the head of school search process. My most important message is to let you know your Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring this search is done correctly and in an efficient and methodical manner. The first important step, the formation of a search committee, has been done. Our search committee – consisting of members of the Board of Trustees Executive Committee – will be chaired by myself and include Scott Giles, Lawson Mabry, Lance Morgan, Clark Nicholson, and Michael Wallace. I am excited to have their assistance and look forward to serving with them as we move forward in our search for Clarksville Academy’s next head of school. I’ll be forever grateful for their service and their willingness to serve the school on this important committee. We’ve held our first meeting and after great discussion and deliberation, our plans are to undertake a national search through the hiring of a search consultant. This process had us reviewing three consultant’s proposals with the final decision to hire William R. Mott, Ph.D. Dr. Mott’s experiences have equipped him with the skills needed to help us find the leader who can achieve the objectives essential to move Clarksville Academy forward. Over the course of his career he has been the head of three independent schools and has provided consulting services to many independent schools in Tennessee including Battle Ground Academy, Brentwood Academy, Currey Ingram and Franklin Road Academy, just to name a few. Over the years Dr. Mott has conducted numerous searches that have helped schools find who they needed – individuals who were mission ready. After meeting with him, it was very evident to the committee that he was the one we needed to partner with, advise and guide us through our search process. We have all heard the saying, "Change is the only constant." It is true in all of our lives. It is abundantly true in the lives of our students as they grow. And it is true for our school. What does not change for Clarksville Academy however, is our strong and caring community. We recently celebrated the Graduation of the Class of 2018 where 57 seniors were awarded over $7.8 million in scholarship offers. What an incredible accomplishment! We want to build on this foundation and continue to provide an outstanding and challenging education so others will have the same opportunities. As we undergo this search, know that we are poised for success. Dr. Drew is leaving us with many things to be proud of such as impressive gains in enrollment over the past 15 years, a 90% average retention rate among students and faculty, innovative move from books to Apple technology, 100% college acceptance for graduates, purchasing of land and development of our own Sports Complex and new and ongoing campus enhancements. We appreciate all of you and what you do day in and day out for Clarksville Academy. Regardless of your part of the school’s constituency, it takes ALL of us to ensure Clarksville Academy continues on a path of success now and in the years ahead. Your contributions to the school have always been and will always be an essential ingredient in its outstanding reputation. Each of you helps make Clarksville Academy what it is today and we ask that everyone continue to support and remain dedicated to our school and most importantly to our students. Please know that in the coming months, I will be in touch to keep you informed about our search process. I wish you and your families a safe and wonderful summer in the months ahead. Thank you for all for what you do for Clarksville Academy! Sincerely, Tim Sawyer Chairman, Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee

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    Dear Clarksville Academy Community, It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mrs. Jennifer Hinote as the Interim Head of School for the 2018-2019 school year. Mrs. Hinote is an accomplished independent school leader, administrator and teaching professional with over 29 years of comprehensive experience with a significant track record of success. She is highly skilled at maximizing effective use of available resources, demonstrates proven organization and prioritization skills and brings this wealth of experience to lead Clarksville Academy. She inspires others to work at their highest level and is able to balance the needs of the individual and the priorities of the organization. Mrs. Hinote has an impressive background in planning and implementing programs within an independent school environment. She is a skilled communicator and is committed to professional development and excellence in every aspect of her professional career. She will assume responsibilities at an exciting time in our school’s history. Mrs. Hinote recently served as Head of School at Oak Hill School in Nashville. In addition, she has held several positions at Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, NC. These include Middle School Divisional Head, Director of Studies, Grade Level Coordinator, Science Department Chair, Coach, and Teacher. Mrs. Hinote earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Grades Education from Western Carolina University. Her professional accomplishments are extensive which makes her a great fit for Clarksville Academy. During her interim appointment at Clarksville Academy, Mrs. Hinote will work with the Board on accomplishing the objectives of our current strategic plan. The Board is delighted to be working with someone with her experience, character, and caliber. I want to share with you Mrs. Hinote’s sentiments regarding her appointment: “It is an honor to serve as interim head of school at Clarksville Academy following the remarkable leadership of Kay Drew and her team. I strongly affirm the school’s mission to promote academic excellence, personal integrity, physical growth and civic responsibility. While there is still much I have to learn about your community, what I do know is that your family atmosphere based on mutual respect is extraordinary and a basis for excellence in all areas. I look forward to knowing each of you and thank you in advance for welcoming me to your school.” Jennifer and her husband, Lloyd, have been married for almost 32 years. They are parents to two adult sons. Landon lives in Nashville, and Justin and his wife Tara live in Fairfax, VA with their two children, Brayden and Cameron and a third child due in late August. Jennifer loves to read, garden and refinish furniture, but she is most passionate about her family. I would personally like to thank all members of the search committee and Board of Trustees for their time, insight and due diligence throughout the interim search process. Finally, we are very grateful for the advice, direction, and assistance given to us by our search consultant, Dr. Bill Mott. The profile for the permanent head of school will be posted to the website by the end of August. Please join the Board of Trustees in extending Jennifer and Lloyd a very warm welcome to Clarksville Academy and to Clarksville/Montgomery County. Sincerely, Tim Sawyer Chairman, Board of Trustees and Search CommitteeSearch Committee