DANIEL GRIFFITHS NAMED HEAD OF CATLIN GABEL’S UPPER SCHOOL
Submitted by Nadine Fiedler on Wed, 04/18/2012 - 1:16pm
Daniel Griffiths, currently Catlin Gabel’s assistant Upper School head and dean of students, has been selected from a pool of national candidates as the next head of Catlin Gabel’s Upper School (grades 9–12).
Griffiths, who holds a bachelor's in biology from Oxford University and a doctorate in zoology and postgraduate certificate in education from the University of Cambridge, has been at Catlin Gabel since 2007. At Catlin Gabel he has also served as the head of the science department across grades K–12, leading the restructuring of the entire science curriculum and development of new electives. As a science teacher, he developed a dual honors course, in conjunction with the history department, in environmental science and policy.
“Dan has emerged as a skilled and visionary leader, energetic advocate for students, persuasive public speaker, innovative teacher, and superb colleague,” said head of school Lark Palma. “His Cambridge and Oxford training in behavioral science and education align with his natural leadership skills to make him a first-rate observer and evidence-based decision-maker. He is the right person to lead the Upper School.”
Before coming to Catlin Gabel, Griffiths served in various capacities, including that of assistant housemaster, teacher, and IT director, at Sevenoaks School in Kent, UK, and St. Columba’s College in Dublin, Ireland. At his previous schools, Griffiths coached varsity rugby and soccer, and at Catlin Gabel he has coached varsity soccer, golf, and racquetball. He is a native of Cornwall, UK.
“I am overwhelmed by the support I’ve received from this community of great families, students, and colleagues,” said Griffiths. “I am excited by the challenge of implementing the new Upper School schedule, nurturing the Knight Family Scholars Program and other innovations, and demonstrating the excellence of the Upper School. I look forward to working with faculty, students, parents, and alumni in my new role.”
Griffiths succeeds Michael Heath, who has been named head of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, South Carolina. Griffiths will begin his work as Upper School head in July.
CATLIN GABEL SCHOOL
Catlin Gabel serves Portland and the world as an educational catalyst, drawing together dedicated educators, motivated students, superb curricular resources, and thoughtfully applied technology, in a beautiful and functional setting, all for the purpose of forming bold learners who become responsible action-takers for life. Catlin Gabel is an independent, non-sectarian, progressive coeducational day school serving 730 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 60 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland. For more about the school, please visit www.catlin.edu.
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