Nationwide search finds “lifelong learner and master educator”

Gordon names Dunham-Carson new Assistant Head of School

Posted 10/28/21

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Gordon School has appointed Alethea Dunham-Carson as its new Assistant Head of School.

In her position, Dunham-Carson serves as a direct link between the school's …

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Nationwide search finds “lifelong learner and master educator”

Gordon names Dunham-Carson new Assistant Head of School

Posted

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Gordon School has appointed Alethea Dunham-Carson as its new Assistant Head of School.

In her position, Dunham-Carson serves as a direct link between the school's mission and the classroom experience, partnering closely with many constituencies to develop and promote curriculum, programs, and instructional practices that reflect Gordon’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence, equity and inclusion, and child-centered learning.

“Alethea's appointment is the result of a highly competitive process that began with a national search and concluded with a series of multi-day visits with students, faculty, staff, parents and trustees,” said Dr. Noni Thomas López, Head of School, Gordon School. “In these conversations, Alethea was able to connect with, and respond to, each group's vision for Gordon, and those who met her were left with new insights, fresh ideas, and a strong sense that they had met a leader who embodied our founder Helen West Cooke's ideal of ‘the true spirit of joyous work.’”

Prior to joining Gordon, Dunham-Carson was the Director of Multicultural Affairs at the Meadowbrook School of Weston, Mass., and sat on the Strategic Council which coordinates curriculum, program, operations and strategic planning.

An important part of her work involved designing and facilitating a social justice curriculum that promotes racial literacy and various cultural competencies for elementary and middle school students, and supporting faculty in the creation, implementation and evaluation of culturally relevant lesson planning and instruction.

“I have long admired the Gordon School,” said Dunham-Carson. “Along with its national reputation as a leader in multicultural education, I have been especially drawn to Gordon's uncompromising commitment to truth-telling. It is clear to me that a Gordon School education centers children and nurtures their curiosity, their innate sense of justice, and their joy. Most of all, the school's authenticity and clarity of vision deeply resonate with me, and I am honored to be joining the Gordon community at such an important moment in our collective history. I look forward to fostering the educational experiences that our students both need and deserve.”

Dunham-Carson holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned a master’s degree in Educational Policy, Advocacy and Leadership from New York University. She is a trained S.E.E.D (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Facilitator, and in 2017, was selected to participate in the prestigious Fellowship for Aspiring Heads sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools.

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