From Our Executive Director
St. Michael’s Board of Directors is delighted to announce that
Lucinda Ross has been selected as the school’s new Executive Director effective August 2016. Ms. Ross comes to Delaware from the Beacon Hill Nursery School in Boston, Massachusetts where she was Executive Director for 13 years. Prior to Beacon Hill, she was Executive
Director of an early childhood program in Westport, Connecticut, director of childcare at a regional YMCA and a teacher trainer/mentor in early childhood certification. Ms. Ross holds an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Fairfield University.
She shares, "Having finished my first few months here (and my first experience of a Delaware summer!), I am happy to say that Wilmington and St. Michael’s are both feeling more like home every day. When I first learned of St. Michael’s, I was taken by its history, traditions, stories and mission; now, having learned so much more of that history and mission, I am humbled to be at its helm. The next year will be dedicated to learning more about the communities of St. Michael’s past and present as well as investigating ways to strengthen the practices of today and to support the needs of our families, staff, and school.
I am a long time student of early childhood development and have carefully watched the childcare profession evolve rather rapidly over the past 30 years. St. Michael’s is in an incredibly unique position to have such a long history in a relatively young field. Furthermore, St. Michael’s has dedicated itself not just to the care but also to the education of young children - early education and care, or EEC as we now call our profession.
Brain research now supports what we in the field have known, experienced, and dedicated ourselves to for many more years: young children think and learn differently -not deficiently. Teachers of young children have to be thoughtful in every interaction and planning exercise, must be knowledgeable and students of the science behind early childhood development, and commit to a teaching practice that requires reflection and lifelong learning.
I hope to bring an enthusiasm to the professional commitment of our staff, a welcoming invitation and atmosphere to our families so they will be active members of our community, and a positive contribution to the history of St. Michael’s School and Nursery. These are lofty goals, perhaps, but ones to which I am readily and wholeheartedly dedicated.
Please know that I welcome all to visit and especially enjoy hearing more about the history and stories of St. Michael’s School and Nursery.
Lucinda Ross, M.Ed.