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On January 25, 2022, Chair of the Board of Trustees David Koo shared the following with the Latin community:

Dear Latin Community,

His leadership ability has been proven through years of consistent and collaborative management in complex academic settings, and he brings a deep understanding of the conditions required for innovative teaching and learning, including supporting students, faculty and staff.David Koo

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to announce and welcome Dr. Thomas Hagerman as Latin's next Head of School succeeding Randall Dunn effective July 1, 2022. This decision is the result of a national search process initiated late last summer which included input from all of our community constituencies on both the position statement and feedback on candidates. Dr. Hagerman was unanimously recommended by the Head of School Search Committee to the Board of Trustees which unanimously approved his appointment.  

Dr. Hagerman currently serves as the Superintendent of the Scarsdale Public Schools in Scarsdale, New York. Prior to his role in Scarsdale, Thomas held superintendent positions in school districts in Winnetka and River Forest, Illinois and Portland, Oregon. A career educator, Dr. Hagerman's first job was as a middle and upper school teacher in the Portland public schools.

As a community, we identified the following opportunities for Latin's next leader:

  • Unite all members of the Latin community around the school's future
  • Execute the Strategic Design in collaboration with the Latin community
  • Advance the cultivation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
  • Advance Latin's internal organizational capacity and opportunities for academic leadership
  • Optimize Latin's resources and facilities in support of our mission and future ambitions

Dr. Hagerman's skills and experience align with these priorities in important ways. His leadership ability has been proven through years of consistent and collaborative management in complex academic settings, and he brings a deep understanding of the conditions required for innovative teaching and learning, including supporting students, faculty and staff. He has successfully directed all aspects of school operations, implemented strategic initiatives, led efforts focused on advancing work in diversity, equity and inclusion and has been a champion for wellness for students, faculty and staff. In addition, his demonstrated strengths as a communicator and relationship builder will serve the Latin community well as we embark on this transition.

I want to extend my gratitude to Maury Tognarelli, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee, the members of the Head of School Search Committee: Dontrey Britt-Hart, Jenny Cizner, Charlie Gofen, Shelley Greenwood, Kathleen Meade, Dara Milner, David Williams; and members of the Faculty & Staff Advisory Council chaired by Kathleen Meade: Nick Baer, Fiona Deeney, Alexandra Fields, Russell Harris, Kate Lorber-Crittenden, Avani Tandon. Each of these individuals committed significant time and valuable insights, input and feedback in this process. I am also grateful to our search partner, Storbeck, for their thoughtful guidance throughout this process.

My final thanks goes to the entirety of our incredible Latin community–faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians, alumni and trustees–all important voices and active participants throughout the process clearly demonstrating our shared interest and commitment to the future of Latin.

We are extremely excited for Dr. Hagerman to learn more about Latin, and look forward to implementing an onboarding and transition plan for him during the balance of this school year.

David Koo

With gratitude,

David J. Koo
Chair, Board of Trustees

 

 


Dear Latin Community,

I am proud to say that I am also now an official Latin Learner, and I look forward to absorbing as much as I can about this community and our priorities in advance of my arrival.Dr. Thomas Hagerman

I am honored and excited to accept the role as Latin School of Chicago's next Head of School. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to partner with and lead your community into the next phase of the school's venerable and prestigious history.

I have been aware of Latin and its accomplishments from the time I first came to Illinois to work in the River Forest School District. To me, and many educators I know, it is the pinnacle of excellence in education: rigorous, yet personal; innovative, yet committed to the traditions of a liberal arts curriculum. Latin is a school community that wraps itself around the needs of students and makes sure that every child can succeed.

As soon as I engaged in the process, it was affirmed that many of my perceptions of Latin were accurate, but I also learned a lot that I did not know, including that Latin is not a place that is willing to simply rest on its reputation. The conversations about teaching and learning were thoughtful and exciting; the care and well-being of students were ever-present; and the depth of knowledge around best practices across school functions was inspirational. But, the highlight of my days on-campus was the time spent with people–students and adults–who clearly love learning, and especially Latin learning. It was evident throughout my time that a Latin education is indeed an experience that informs every aspect of a student's being.

Beyond the people I met, what impressed me most was the desire of the Latin community to continually improve. The spirit and willingness to do authentic and important work, no matter how hard, is a quality that I deeply admire and intend to support as I move into this role.

I am proud to say that I am also now an official Latin Learner, and I look forward to absorbing as much as I can about this community and our priorities in advance of my arrival. I am also excited to reacclimate myself to Chicago, and, on that front, introductions and advice are encouraged!

Thomas Hagerman

Gratefully,

Thomas Hagerman

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Dr. Thomas Hagerman Announced as Latin's New Head of School

On January 25, 2022, Chair of the Board of Trustees David Koo shared the following with the Latin community:

Dear Latin Community,

His leadership ability has been proven through years of consistent and collaborative management in complex academic settings, and he brings a deep understanding of the conditions required for innovative teaching and learning, including supporting students, faculty and staff.David Koo

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to announce and welcome Dr. Thomas Hagerman as Latin's next Head of School succeeding Randall Dunn effective July 1, 2022. This decision is the result of a national search process initiated late last summer which included input from all of our community constituencies on both the position statement and feedback on candidates. Dr. Hagerman was unanimously recommended by the Head of School Search Committee to the Board of Trustees which unanimously approved his appointment.  

Dr. Hagerman currently serves as the Superintendent of the Scarsdale Public Schools in Scarsdale, New York. Prior to his role in Scarsdale, Thomas held superintendent positions in school districts in Winnetka and River Forest, Illinois and Portland, Oregon. A career educator, Dr. Hagerman's first job was as a middle and upper school teacher in the Portland public schools.

As a community, we identified the following opportunities for Latin's next leader:

  • Unite all members of the Latin community around the school's future
  • Execute the Strategic Design in collaboration with the Latin community
  • Advance the cultivation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive school community
  • Advance Latin's internal organizational capacity and opportunities for academic leadership
  • Optimize Latin's resources and facilities in support of our mission and future ambitions

Dr. Hagerman's skills and experience align with these priorities in important ways. His leadership ability has been proven through years of consistent and collaborative management in complex academic settings, and he brings a deep understanding of the conditions required for innovative teaching and learning, including supporting students, faculty and staff. He has successfully directed all aspects of school operations, implemented strategic initiatives, led efforts focused on advancing work in diversity, equity and inclusion and has been a champion for wellness for students, faculty and staff. In addition, his demonstrated strengths as a communicator and relationship builder will serve the Latin community well as we embark on this transition.

I want to extend my gratitude to Maury Tognarelli, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee, the members of the Head of School Search Committee: Dontrey Britt-Hart, Jenny Cizner, Charlie Gofen, Shelley Greenwood, Kathleen Meade, Dara Milner, David Williams; and members of the Faculty & Staff Advisory Council chaired by Kathleen Meade: Nick Baer, Fiona Deeney, Alexandra Fields, Russell Harris, Kate Lorber-Crittenden, Avani Tandon. Each of these individuals committed significant time and valuable insights, input and feedback in this process. I am also grateful to our search partner, Storbeck, for their thoughtful guidance throughout this process.

My final thanks goes to the entirety of our incredible Latin community–faculty, staff, students, parents/guardians, alumni and trustees–all important voices and active participants throughout the process clearly demonstrating our shared interest and commitment to the future of Latin.

We are extremely excited for Dr. Hagerman to learn more about Latin, and look forward to implementing an onboarding and transition plan for him during the balance of this school year.

David Koo

With gratitude,

David J. Koo
Chair, Board of Trustees

 

 


Dear Latin Community,

I am proud to say that I am also now an official Latin Learner, and I look forward to absorbing as much as I can about this community and our priorities in advance of my arrival.Dr. Thomas Hagerman

I am honored and excited to accept the role as Latin School of Chicago's next Head of School. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to partner with and lead your community into the next phase of the school's venerable and prestigious history.

I have been aware of Latin and its accomplishments from the time I first came to Illinois to work in the River Forest School District. To me, and many educators I know, it is the pinnacle of excellence in education: rigorous, yet personal; innovative, yet committed to the traditions of a liberal arts curriculum. Latin is a school community that wraps itself around the needs of students and makes sure that every child can succeed.

As soon as I engaged in the process, it was affirmed that many of my perceptions of Latin were accurate, but I also learned a lot that I did not know, including that Latin is not a place that is willing to simply rest on its reputation. The conversations about teaching and learning were thoughtful and exciting; the care and well-being of students were ever-present; and the depth of knowledge around best practices across school functions was inspirational. But, the highlight of my days on-campus was the time spent with people–students and adults–who clearly love learning, and especially Latin learning. It was evident throughout my time that a Latin education is indeed an experience that informs every aspect of a student's being.

Beyond the people I met, what impressed me most was the desire of the Latin community to continually improve. The spirit and willingness to do authentic and important work, no matter how hard, is a quality that I deeply admire and intend to support as I move into this role.

I am proud to say that I am also now an official Latin Learner, and I look forward to absorbing as much as I can about this community and our priorities in advance of my arrival. I am also excited to reacclimate myself to Chicago, and, on that front, introductions and advice are encouraged!

Thomas Hagerman

Gratefully,

Thomas Hagerman

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She has been awarded a Fulbright research award at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway and will be conducting stakeholder focus groups on the role of digital twins in sustainable transportation modeling. Her work will be an early stage in long-term research at NTNU to ensure the complexity of transportation systems is considered in future digital twins.

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Outside of her research, Brandel-Tanis is planning to engage with local queer organizations and ride her bike as well as exploring the Trondheim's public transit system. After her Fulbright, she plans to return to the US and work as a city planner/civil engineer before eventually pursuing a PhD.

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It's middle school Project Week, which means it's 4@45 where fourth grade students get the full middle school experience at 45 N. Dearborn!
Students got a locker for the week. They got to meet fifth grade teachers. Fifth graders gave them a tour of the middle school. And they get to have their classes in the middle school building this week. 

Students were greeted by fifth grade buddies, who gave them tips on opening lockers followed by special tours of the Middle and Upper Schools. The fourth graders followed their usual schedule but they also were introduced to the fifth grade teachers and had a special RoundTable class with the middle school counselor. They loved walking independently through the buildings. The highlight was always the lunchtime choices!

Check out some photos!

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Wooden Roman head

Lower School Computer Science and Tech Integration Specialist Fiona Deeney, Middle School Technology Coordinator Mike Demopoulos and Upper School Innovation Studio Manager Shane Enderle offered an inside look at Latin's maker spaces for parents/guardians.

Maker Space Teachers

At the start of the event, the team shared information about each division's maker space and projects created in them. Then they gave a tour of the upper school maker space to show some of the equipment and supplies students can access in all three divisions.

Upper School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printers
Vinyl Cutters
Laser Cutter
CNC Router
Soldering Irons and accessories
iPad Pro’s with Apple Pencils
VR Headset

SOFTWARE
Adobe Suite
Illustrator
Photoshop
In Design
Fusion 360
Sketchbook Pro
Procreate
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio

Middle School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printer (x3)
Vinyl Cutter (x2)
Laser Cutter
CNC Router
MacBook Air (x2)

SOFTWARE
PrusaSlicer
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio
iMovie

Lower School

EQUIPMENT
3D Printers
Vinyl Cutter
Laser Cutter
Digital Embroidery Machine
Sewing Machines 
LittleBits Pro Library and STEAM Kits

SOFTWARE
Doodle 3D
TurtleStitch
Silhouette Studio
Mint Studio
Drawing Pad

Afterward, parents/guardians got the opportunity to laser engrave on a pre-cut wood roman head. They also visited stations to make leather key chains, play with Little Bits electronics from the lower school, see embroidery and sewing machines in action, and a few physical projects that students have created.

The maker spaces at Latin aid students with designing and problem-solving, as well as develop skills, talents, thinking and mental rigor.

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upper school students on project week

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, upper school project week is back! Students chose to spend the week on one of the 25 in-town projects or 11 out-of-town projects.

The in-town offerings included:

  • Ad-RAP-tation: the Latin School and Q Brothers' Collective
  • Art and Anatomy
  • Chicago: Walking, Food, and Art
  • Code Your Own 2D Games and Build a Mini Arcade Cabinet
  • Curling in Chicago
  • Cycle Chicago: Riding & Wrenching
  • Dancing with culture
  • Design a Chicago Bike Tour
  • El mundo Latino in Chicago: An Exploration of Chicago's Latinx Community  
  • Exploring Chicago’s Queer History
  • Find Your Inner Chef
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Just for Kicks
  • Make Your Escape (Room)
  • Making Music
  • PADI Scuba Diving Certification and Training
  • Sports Marketing: A Strategic Perspective
  • Survivor
  • Theatre in Chicago
  • The Greatest City in the World Chicago Gospel
  • Treemendous Forest Preserves 
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Wellness: Mind & Body
  • What Makes a Neighborhood?: Art, Advocacy, and Food
  • Yarn Bombing

The out-of-town offerings included:

  • Canyoneering & Rock Climbing Adventure
  • Civil Rights Trail 2022
  • Coral Reef Experience in Florida Keys
  • Cycling Through the Sonoran Desert
  • Detroit: Invention and Reinvention in a Great American City
  • Exploring the Pacific: Oceanography of Southern California
  • Latin Iditarod: Dogsledding
  • Mountain Biking in Moab
  • The Ancestral Heritage of The Land of Enchantment
  • The Raw & The Cooked: A Literary Feast in Michigan
  • There is No Business Like Show Business!: LA TV & Film

Check out more photos and videos from our PWeek take over on Latin's Instagram @latinschoolofchicago at #latinpweek.

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