Meet Our New Head of School

We are delighted to welcome Angela to Park Day School beginning July 1, 2020!

Angela Taylor has been a school leader for nearly 20 years at the Convent & Stuart Hall Schools in San Francisco. She currently serves as the Head of School at Convent Elementary (K-8 girls division). She and her husband Shaw have been proud and active Oakland residents for two decades. Angela impressed our school community in many ways, including in how she and her current team have come together “to stretch students to meet the challenge of leading transformational change in a world that is becoming more and more polarized and fragmented.” A longtime educator before moving into school leadership, Angela started her career as a teacher at the esteemed progressive school, The Children’s School, in Atlanta, GA. She has a B.A. in Child Development from Spelman College in Atlanta, and an M.A. in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Letter from Angela

Dear Park Day Community,

I am so pleased to be joining the Park Day community and honored to partner with all of you as we co-create the future of this exceptional school.  Park Day is truly a transformational, child-centered oasis in the middle of Oakland!

My visits to campus during the search process confirmed and underscored the school’s strong reputation.  Park Day has been and continues to be a beacon of progressive education where social justice and student voice and agency are foundational.  Each person I had the opportunity to meet brought what I had heard and learned about the school to life. I met joyful and engaged students who are passionate about making a difference in the world.  I met teachers united in their commitment to deeply knowing their students and cultivating in them a sense of obligation to the larger community. I met an administrative team focused on maximizing and harnessing the collective wisdom and expertise of the teachers and staff.  I met passionate parents and guardians who embrace the mission and are invested in the success and sustainability of Park Day. In total, I encountered a close-knit community who is leaning and stretching towards its future and I am thrilled to be invited to be a part of that future!

Thank you to the search committee, its co-chairs, Noam Ragins and Manisha Patel, and to the Board Chair, Germaine Hunter, not only for their professionalism and care they showed throughout the process but also for their confidence.  I am also grateful to the faculty, staff, parents, students, and board members I have met for their openness, candor, and for showing me the beauty of the community they love so much. My husband, Shaw, and I have lived in Oakland for over 20 years and we are both excited about being a part of positive change in our own backyard.  We look forward to meeting you as we visit over the coming year and when we formally join the Park Day family in July 2020.

Warmly,

Angela Taylor

Incoming Head of School

 

Letter from the Board of Trustees

Head of School Search Process