Carlisle School will enter its 50th year of operation under new leadership, Board of Directors President Eric Monday announced today.
Gracie Agnew will join Carlisle as the Head of School after more than 40 years in local education, serving most recently as interim principal at Bassett High School.
“I am thrilled to join Carlisle and I look forward to working with the talented staff in place there,” Agnew said. “I am committed to education and passionate about the opportunity ahead of me.”
Previous Head of School Tommy Hudgins resigned from his position at Carlisle to pursue other professional opportunities.
“Bringing Gracie on board at Carlisle is an exciting opportunity for renewal and reinvention as we enter our 50th year,” Monday said. “The Board is thrilled to have her at the helm as we enter the most important year for the school since its founding.”
Agnew, whose career began in Henry County Schools in 1974, said that her experience in education allowed her to recognize the opportunity in leading Carlisle into the next 50 years.
“What is unique about this opportunity is the chance to enter an exceptional situation where parents are involved and students are engaged on a daily basis,” Agnew said. “There truly is a partnership between the administrative staff, teachers, parents and students that allows for us to operate at the necessary level for student success.”
Monday noted that Agnew’s commitment to the community extends beyond the realm of education.
“Her long-term presence and reputation in the community is unparalleled, with a passion for education and a love for children’s success that is evident in every conversation,” Monday said. “Her civic service, including time serving on the Harvest Foundation and New College Institute boards, stood out to us as going above and beyond during her time in the community.”
With preparation for four-year college education at the center of Carlisle’s academic goals, Agnew said that the Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum in place at the Upper School level allows for strong opportunities for students upon graduation.
Agnew, who will begin work at the school in short order, will have experienced directors working at each level of the school. Keith Dallas, Beth Gammons and Neal Meyer will continue on as Upper School, Middle School and Lower School Directors, respectively.
“We feel truly blessed to have Gracie join us at Carlisle,” Monday concluded. “We can’t wait to begin our second half century under devoted and enthusiastic leadership in the academic realm. We’re excited to have Gracie join the Carlisle family.”
About Carlisle School
In September 1968, Carlisle first opened its doors for 81 students in grades 1-7.
Area business leaders, educators and professionals who were interested in providing a community-based school that combined superior academics with high personal standards started the school in Martinsville.
Carlisle embraced the philosophy of offering a rigorous college-preparatory program and encouraging intellectual discipline and creativity, while also fostering the development of character and individual responsibility.
Developing leaders and giving them the tools to excel and succeed are the school’s primary goals. Beginning at age three, students are encouraged and equipped to cultivate a strong inner confidence, in a safe and nurturing environment. The curriculum and instructional practices are designed to meet students’ individual physical, social, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs.