Hockaday Names Next Head of Lower School

Today, Eugene McDermott Head of School Dr. Laura Leathers announced that Michelle Goldsmith had accepted the Head of Lower School position. 
She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position, as well as a familiarity with all things Hockaday. During her time at Hockaday, Michelle has occupied many roles, including Assistant Head of Lower School, Technology Integration Specialist for Lower School, Third Grade Homeroom Teacher, and Summer School Director. She has led the Cornerstones Committee and previously received the Prentiss Grant. “Michelle will do a wonderful job in this new role, as she cares deeply about educating our youngest Daisies,” said Randal Rhodus ‘97, current Head of Lower School. “Having worked as a teacher, administrator, and parent volunteer at Hockaday throughout the last 30 years, Michelle understands the culture and people of Lower School and Hockaday, and she will advance innovative, interdisciplinary programming that supports the social and emotional well-being of every child. Michelle is a student-centered educator who is thoughtful, supportive, and approachable. I look forward to working with her in this new capacity, and I can’t wait to see her lead our incredible Lower School faculty!” 
Ms. Goldsmith is an independent school graduate, having attended Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth for 13 years. She then earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University and a Master of Education in Special Education from The University of North Texas. She has a daughter, Paige ’17, who recently graduated from The University of Virginia, and a son, Reid, who attends Wake Forest University.  
She will remain in her current role as Assistant Head of Lower School through the end of this school year and begin her new duties this summer.  
“I am thrilled she will become part of our Leadership Team as she is an outstanding educator,” said Dr. Leathers. “Please join me in welcoming Michelle as our next Head of Lower School!”  
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