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Kent Place Announces Kimberly Walker as the New Director of the Primary School

After a nationwide search, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Walker as our next Director of the Primary School, effective July 1, 2022. 

“Ms. Walker’s experience and enthusiasm will make her an asset in our work to sustain academic challenge, advance Kent Place’s mission, develop and support the faculty, and foster leadership in the elementary years,” says Dr. Jennifer Galambos, Head of School.
 
With more than 15 years of experience in schools, Ms. Walker is a champion of capacity-building, educational equity, innovative design, and strategic visioning. For the past five years, she has been the lower school director of technology integration and innovation at the Agnes Irwin School, a Pre-K–Grade 12 all-girls school in Pennsylvania, where she works to expand teachers’ practice of research-driven pedagogy and best practices in girls’ education. She’s a member of the school’s Innovation Team, identifying opportunities for innovation in the lower school’s curriculum and collaborating with teachers to plan and execute projects through STEAM activities and the iWonder Lab. Ms. Walker was the instructional coach and co-leader of the E.E. Ford–funded Legacy through Leadership, a three-year teacher fellowship program, and taught in the lower school. 
 
Before her time at Agnes Irwin, she was an elementary school teacher at the William C. Bryant School (Pennsylvania) and Inskip Elementary School (Tennessee).
 
In addition to her reputation as a skilled facilitator, leader, and collaborator, Ms. Walker’s keen interest in nurturing diverse, equitable, and inclusive communities brought her to training with the National Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (S.E.E.D.) Project. She welcomes the opportunity to exercise her skills as a diversity practitioner and S.E.E.D. facilitator to continue Kent Place’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 
 
“It’s with tremendous joy that I greet you as the next Director of the Primary School at Kent Place,” says Ms. Walker. “I’m delighted to be joining a community that empowers brave, brilliant girls through bold visioning and a commitment to providing rich, meaningful learning opportunities. During my visit to campus, I saw and heard those learning moments as eager students were welcomed into the building at the start of the school day and again, in the afternoon, when that early-morning eagerness had transformed into engagement and learning. It’s clear that Kent Place girls are vibrant, observant, and curious. The adults who care for them exhibit respect for the work of educating young women and a desire to center that work on joy and empathy. I look forward to partnering with all of you on the wonderful journey of sustaining learning environments in which curiosity is celebrated, collaboration is valued, and student leadership is fostered.”
 
Ms. Walker earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in elementary education from the University of Tennessee and completed the Project-Based Learning certificate program (Leadership Track) at the University of Pennsylvania.
  
Ms. Walker is succeeding Dr. Adunni Anderson, who led the Kent Place Primary School for 10 years, until her retirement. We warmly thank Nathan Lutz for serving as Interim Director during this two-year period of transition.

Continues Dr. Galambos, “We’re thrilled to imagine the future of our Primary School under Ms. Walker’s leadership and look forward to welcoming Kim and her family to the Kent Place community this summer.”

Stay tuned for opportunities to meet her on campus this winter and in the spring.
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Kent Place School is an all-girls K through 12 independent college preparatory day school with a coeducational Preschool, located in Summit, NJ.