Michael Heath named head of Catlin Gabel Upper School

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Mar 5, 2007

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Michael Heath named head of Catlin Gabel Upper School


Michael Heath, head of upper and middle schools at York Country Day School in York, Pennsylvania, has accepted the position of head of the Catlin Gabel upper school (grades 9–12). Heath will join the Catlin Gabel staff on July 1.

“Michael’s warmth, dedication to students (whom he puts at the center of deliberations), ethical framework formed by his education and experience, expansive view of the world, and love of learning won us over,” said Lark Palma, head of Catlin Gabel School.

At York Country Day School, a K–12 school with 235 students, Heath is responsible for developing curriculum; evaluating, encouraging, and supervising the faculty; and managing the master schedule and annual calendar. Before moving to York Country Day School, Heath was the academic dean at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California, a K–12th school with 1,300 students. He holds a PhD in moral philosophy and theology from Edinburgh University (Scotland), an MA in history from Magdalen College at Oxford University, and a BA in English and art history from James Madison University.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Catlin Gabel community as the new Upper School head,” said Heath. “The faculty is fiercely intelligent and focused on their students. The students themselves are passionate and engaged and a joy to be with. The parents and board members I met were all amazingly positive, and you could tell that they keenly supported the school. The staff members I met clearly worked together with assumed goodwill and a clear collective vision of the school’s philosophy. To become a part of the school is an honor.”

Heath will be moving to Portland with his wife, Dido, and their three children, Harry (10), Annie (8), and Sophie (4).

About Catlin Gabel

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 700 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Its roots go back to the Portland Academy, founded in 1859. The school occupies 54 acres on Barnes Road, five miles west of downtown Portland.