Welcome back, Chargers!
I look forward to the coming days when faculty and students begin their return to campus — slowly at first, then seemingly all at once, bringing a renewed energy to set a new school year into motion.
From Florida to Delaware to Kansas City and, finally, to Oklahoma City, this year marks my 30th in the independent school world, and my first as Head of School at Heritage Hall. As I prepare for this exciting new role, I am reminded that, in the waning days of summer break, our students are also preparing for their new roles in the next stage of their Heritage Hall education. In preparing for their future, students must learn to reach higher, learn something new, or depart from the comfort of the familiar. The same is true for all of us: we must evolve and grow.
The words "evolve and grow" harmonically envelop nearly every facet of school life, urging us collectively to become a better version of ourselves, a spark that has further enriched our students’ lives in the classroom, on the court, or on the stage. When we, as educators, evolve and grow, our students reap the rewards of our efforts. As a community, we do, as well.
To evolve and grow is more than a state of mind; it is a daily reminder to persevere in a manner that leads to success in our endeavors. To maintain our edge in Oklahoma and beyond, we must do more than keep up. We must open our minds to new ideas, embrace best practices, and never stop learning. This paradigm shift requires us to move, as Pat Bassett (former president of NAIS) would say, “from a culture of knowing to one of doing.”
Although my office has moved from the Middle School to the Administration building, my door remains open. Please stop in to say hello!
Matthew CarolanHead of School