It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I announce Mr. Daniel Sussman will be the next Lower School Head at The Lexington School. Mr. Sussman is an experienced administrator who for the last nine years has acted as Head of Lower School at The Mirman School for the Gifted in Los Angeles and the San Diego Jewish Academy. Daniel’s past experience dovetails nicely with The Lexington School’s focus on Mission Skills. He recently worked with his faculty to implement design thinking into their classrooms. Daniel’s proven ability to connect with students, along with his reputation as an effective communicator and as an innovative administrator, make him the ideal candidate.
Daniel shows his enthusiasm about working at TLS when he says, “I am both humbled and thrilled to accept the position of Head of Lower School at TLS. Throughout my interview process, I was struck by so many things that make The Lexington School special. Students were consistently engaged and challenged in classrooms I visited and shared many interesting ideas and perspectives with me. Parents were incredibly welcoming and shared their sense of pride in being part of the TLS family. The faculty set high academic standards for students, while guiding students both academically and socially/emotionally. This is exactly the type of community that my lovely wife, Jori, and I are seeking for our sons, Levi (6) and Andrew (4). We are eagerly anticipating our relocation to Lexington, and I am excited to meet all of the members of The Lexington School community. I look forward to partnering with students, parents, and faculty to continue the legacy of excellence that TLS has established in the independent school community.”
Daniel played soccer competitively at the collegiate level and earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership from The College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, MD. He will begin his tenure at TLS on July 1, 2016.
Daniel knows that he will have big shoes to fill with the retirement of Marijo Foster. Please join me in welcoming the Sussman family to The Lexington School and the Lexington area
The Lexington School has been blessed with such an excellent and experienced team of Division Heads, and I am pleased to report that tradition will continue as Mr. Sussman joins Una MacCarthy, Jane Childers, Donna Hutton, and myself in leading this school we love.
Finally, I want to thank all the faculty, parents, and board members who helped and shared their thoughts and opinions throughout this process, especially Vickie Russo and Heidi Simons, who represented the Lower School faculty during this process.
Charles D. Baldecchi
Head of School