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Jul 02, 2017

Rumson Country Day School Announces New Dean of Curriculum

The Rumson Country Day School (RCDS) is pleased to announce a new administrative hire for the 2017-2018 school year. In early March, the school initiated a nationwide search for a Dean of Curriculum, a newly created position for school. Over the last few months, they met with several strong candidates from across the nation to fill this new important role. They are happy to announce that Dr. Nancy Holodak will be The Rumson Country Day School’s Dean of Curriculum starting in summer 2017.

Dr. Holodak will be responsible for overseeing the curriculum from preschool through grade eight. She will work closely with the division heads and teachers to develop and articulate the curricular vision for the school while upholding RCDS’ mission to provide a dynamic, challenging academic experience.

She comes to RCDS with an impressive resume and background, deep in meaningful curriculum development across all grade levels. Not only has she been a lower school teacher and taught middle school mathematics, she has also been an administrator in American schools abroad in places such as Switzerland, Brazil, and Taiwan. Most recently, she was the Director of Educational Design and Innovation at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, where she supported their STEAM initiative among many others. Dr. Holodak graduated from Lafayette College, received her M.Ed. from Tulane, and then went on to UVA to earn her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.

She said, “I am delighted to be joining The Rumson Country Day School community as the Dean of Curriculum. I am excited to meet the students, parents, and teachers and learn about everything that makes the community unique and special. I look forward to making many contributions to the school’s ongoing growth and development for many years to come.”

One of her first responsibilities will be to begin a horizontal and vertical alignment of the curriculum. Dr. Holodak believes in the importance of 21st-century skills that students will need in the evolving higher education world and the workplace. The school administration is confident that she will strengthen the hallmarks of an RCDS education, including rigor, creativity, and critical thinking skills.