The Bishop Strachan School Announces New Head Deryn Lavell to take over from retiring Head, Kim Gordon



    TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Kate Stevenson, Chair of the Board of Governors
of The Bishop Strachan School, today announced that, after a rigorous
board-led search, BSS Vice Principal, Deryn Lavell, will assume the position
of Head starting July 1, 2009 on the retirement of current school Head, Kim
Gordon. Ms. Gordon will be marrying in the spring and, upon her retirement,
relocating to California.
    "I have been in the enviable position of leading an extraordinary team of
professionals during a time of growth and renewal that has brought
groundbreaking innovation to BSS," says Ms. Gordon. "This has been the
crowning achievement of my 36 years in education and I take pride in the
knowledge that I am leaving the school in a position of great strength and
turning its leadership over to the multi-talented and very capable hands of
Deryn Lavell."
    Ms. Lavell brings nearly 30 years experience to the position, including
stints abroad developing and launching a new JK-12 school in Dubai where she
was the Head of the Raha International School. She also worked as an
educational consultant with Davies Strategic Directions Inc., and pursued
professional development opportunities in Africa, Italy and Wales. Throughout
her early teaching career in her native British Columbia, Ms. Lavell took on
administrative roles at Glenlyon Norfolk School and in 1997, she became the
Junior School Director for Queen Margaret's School. She then joined the BSS
Junior School and soon became its Principal in 2002.
    Returning to Canada from Dubai in 2007, Ms. Lavell came to Toronto to
pursue her lifelong goal of earning a PhD from the University of Toronto. She
also rejoined BSS as Vice Principal, International Programs and Assistant
Head, Institutional Advancement.
    "We could not have asked for a better, more qualified candidate to take
over," says Kate Stevenson. "Kim's clear vision and decisive leadership has
earned BSS a place among the top independent schools in the world. Deryn, with
her strategic focus, international experience, and engaging leadership style,
will continue to build on that vision. Deryn is also well known and highly
respected by the BSS community for her groundbreaking work with the
Reggio-inspired approach in the BSS Junior School."
    "For people in my profession, it doesn't get much better than BSS," says
Ms. Lavell. "In my opinion, it is an undisputed leader in girls' learning.
Kim Gordon has done so much to enhance the image of the school, develop the
program and encourage innovation at every level. I'm anxious to build on that
foundation bringing my own energy and vision to take BSS to the next level."
    The BSS Board of Governors has put in place a transition plan that will
enable Ms. Lavell and Ms. Gordon to work closely together until July 2009,
when Ms. Lavell will take over as Head and be in place for school opening in
the fall. Ms. Lavell's familiarity with the BSS community will help ensure a
smooth transition and position her well to lead the school through the next
leg of its journey.

    BSS is renowned for its expertise in the particular learning needs of
girls and offers a single-gender environment that helps girls achieve their
best both academically and in their life's pursuits. Canada's oldest day and
boarding school for girls.





For further information:

For further information: Sharon Gregg, sgregg@bss.on.ca or (416)
464-6925

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