Announcement from Board Chair Cassy Sommer
October 5, 2021
Dear Members of the All Saints Community -
I write today with the bittersweet news that Head of School Jill Singleton has shared her plans to move on from her time at All Saints Episcopal Day School, where she has diligently served for more than 17 years. Jill’s last year will be the 2022-2023 school year, with the January-June months encompassing her deferred sabbatical. (You can read Jill’s full letter below.)
Jill was appointed as our Head of School in the spring of 2004, and that summer she rolled up her sleeves to dive into her new community with the vision of creating a school where students, teachers, staff, and parents alike would be personally invested to bring the best version of themselves to the table each and every day. Jill consistently delivered on her promises and vision, building a capable team of leaders and faculty/staff who have journeyed and worked together to evolve our school’s ambitious mission to create compassionate, skilled leaders who are passionate about making a positive and lasting impact on their community.
Jill deserves recognition for her dedication and service to All Saints, and we will be making plans to express our heartfelt gratitude. However, for now I’d like to share that the Board of Trustees has put into action the well-established Head of School succession plan, developed for the eventuality of this occasion. We look forward to communicating with you clearly and often as to our progress in identifying an interim Head of School, who will replace Jill in December 2022. And, as always, the Board can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join me in congratulating Jill on taking this next step in her life. Although we are sad to see her go, the foundation for greatness Jill has laid for our school will prove effective in facilitating and supporting our continuing transformation - and I have every confidence that our wonderful community will support and respect what must have been an incredibly difficult decision.
Letter from Head of School Jill Singleton
Chair, Board of Trustees
September 27, 2021
Dear Cassy -
After an intentional period of considered discernment, I have decided it is time for me to tend to the next chapter in my life, and with mixed emotions, I share the news that my tenure at All Saints Episcopal Day School will be coming to a close. It is time to invite and welcome a new leader who will usher in the promise of new vision and transformation.
I consider the time I’ve served in this wonderful community to be the highlight of my professional career, as well as a true blessing in my personal and spiritual life. I am eternally grateful to the gifted and spirited trustees, parents, teachers, staff, and students who have made my job such an exciting adventure and a true pleasure, and my gratitude for the opportunity will remain with me always.
Since becoming ordained as a vocational deacon five years ago, my church-related work has expanded. As you know, I recently reopened The Lighthouse, a ministry in which we provide housing and hospitality to refugees, asylees, and asylum-seekers. I envision a new chapter that allows for a greater balance between my work in education and my work in the church - something that is just not possible while serving in the all-encompassing role of Head of School.
Since my appointment in 2004, our little school has accomplished so much! We earned our first-ever accreditation, renovated the St. Nicholas Center, expanded our footprint at 707, started our Middle School, realized our independence from the church, became authorized as an IB Middle Years Programme School, and obtained candidacy for the Primary Years Programme - to name just a few milestones. Our graduates have gone on to an impressive list of top-notch high schools, and this year we even invited our first alumnus to serve on our Board of Trustees. And of course, together we have navigated, and continue to navigate, an unprecedented health crisis that has only served to strengthen our bonds of affection and make us even more connected than ever.
As I step out in search of a new adventure, I do so with some sadness, of course, but also with an overwhelming sense of pride and contentment for having used my gifts to nurture and bring to life in our community a living expression of “Mitakuye Oyasin - we are all one.” And the true miracle is that as much as I have given, I have received so much more. It is my hope to take the gifts I’ve been blessed with here as I face my future with bold optimism, and to be guided by an intention we teach the students during our spirituality season of “change” - I am open to the changes that await me.
While I know this change is significant for our community, I believe it is one that will inspire students, staff, parents, and trustees alike to consider the mission and values we hold dear, and to identify ever more creative and expansive ways for bringing our beautiful strategic vision to life. The resilience our school developed and demonstrated over the past 18 months clearly shows that the All Saints community has the power to transcend any challenge that comes our way. And while I will be sad to take my leave from what has been the central community in my life for so long, I do so knowing that our school is poised for continued greatness and transformation. Our highly skilled Leadership Team, working hand in glove with our professional and dedicated faculty and staff, will welcome and support a new Head of School equipped with the skills and passion to lead us into our future, so that we can continue to welcome children and families for generations to come.
My tenure will come to an end in December 2022, giving way to the six-month sabbatical we have had to defer due to the pandemic. I know the Board’s Head of School succession plan calls for the immediate assemblage of a search committee to hire an interim, and should the committee identify an optimal candidate who seeks to start on July 1, I will willingly step aside to allow that transition to happen according to a timeframe that is best for the school. In either case, please know I will work diligently to ensure that the school and professional community are well-prepared to facilitate a smooth transition in leadership.
Of the countless blessings I have experienced over the past 17+ years, the support I have received from the Board of Trustees is at the top of the list. Our Board members have worked tirelessly to pave the way for our school’s evolving future, and we are all better for their service.
Cassy, I cannot begin to thank you enough for your selfless support and guidance over the years. I consider myself a better person for having known you, and will carry you in my heart and my memories as I step confidently out into my new future.
Head of School