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Gretchen Hurtt ’90 Named Dean of Teaching & Learning


St. Andrew's Head of School Elect Joy McGrath ’92 announced today the appointment of Gretchen Hurtt ’90 as dean of teaching and learning. Hurtt will succeed Elizabeth Roach, who has served in the role since 2016.

In the announcement, McGrath stated, “We all know Gretchen to be a teacher and leader of exceptional skill, with great wisdom, integrity, and passion for education. I feel fortunate, therefore, that she has agreed to serve as dean of teaching and learning.”

As dean of teaching and learning, Hurtt will be responsible for the excellence of all aspects of the school’s academic program. McGrath said, “Our shared aspiration for St. Andrew’s is simply to develop the most excellent, rigorous, and compassionate education to prepare our students for lives of meaning and purpose.” Hurtt will work collaboratively with her team—which includes the dean of studies, registrar, library, and academic support—and colleagues to set, communicate, and achieve aspirational goals for St. Andrew’s academic program. Rigor and innovation are hallmarks of St. Andrew’s academic program; future initiatives will be designed to create greater excellence in teaching pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, and faculty education.

Sharing her thoughts on her appointment, Hurtt said, “I’m constantly inspired by St. Andrew’s teachers and students, who bring energy and vibrancy to our academic culture. Together, we explore challenging, essential questions; we learn and collaborate with openness and empathy. I am honored to work with my colleagues to continually deepen St. Andrew’s commitment to exceptional teaching and learning.”

The announcement noted Elizabeth Roach’s contributions in defining the role of dean of teaching and learning, saying that Elizabeth “has inspired all of us in our pursuit of excellence in the classroom and in our service to St. Andrew’s students.”

Hurtt currently serves as dean of studies, a position she has held since 2016. She will become dean of teaching and learning on July 1, 2021.


Notes from the Dining Hall


Happy Thursday Andreans!
We hope everyone enjoyed dinner last night!?  Last night was cold with it dipping into the high 20's, but the sun should warm us up to 52 degrees by noon!
It's not winter yet, so what better way to wrap up the last meal with everyone here with a cookout on the Front Lawn!  Burgers, dogs, veggie burgers, mac-n-cheese and an orzo-chickpea-feta salad are on the menu.  Also, finally, LAVA CAKE for dessert!!!!
Dinner this evening will be assorted pizzas out of the stone oven.
Please be sure to get your snack tubs down to the cloister area for us to store for your return.  Be on the lookout for a survey as well as a couple food surveys as while you are virtually learning.   We will be hard at work putting together Spring menus then!  Have a wonderful, safe and joyous break.  Thank you all for your feedback and we can't wait to see you soon again!
But first, we'll see you soon in the Dining Hall!