The Dutchess Day School has announced the appointment of Matthew P. Heard as its new head of school to succeed Nancy Hathaway who has served in that role since 2010.
Matthew Heard’s duties will begin on July 1, 2017.
Heard’s appointment concludes a six-month search. Doug Dundas, Dutchess Day’s board president, commented that “With a career that has focused on elementary and junior high school education, Matt’s experience, character, energy, and enthusiasm make him an ideal match for the needs of Dutchess Day School. He has an intuitive respect for the school’s unique culture and traditions, and a keen understanding of what it takes to run a high caliber country day school.”
Heard spent the last twenty-one years in pre-K through ninth grade independent schools including the Fay School in Southboro, Mass. and The Tuxedo Park School.
In commenting on his appointment, Heard is quoted in the press release as saying “Dutchess Day School is one of those rare places, blending care, community, and commitment to character and academic excellence. I consider myself fortunate to join such a vibrant learning environment.”
His teaching experience is largely in science and, prior to that, out-door education and leadership and certification as a wilderness first responder. His over twenty years of experience in all aspects of education and educational leadership have prepared him to take over from the school’s well-loved, retiring head of school, Nancy Hathaway.