The Walker School Attracts Ivy League Academic to Oversee Its Lower School; University of Pennsylvania's Assistant Professor to Join as Principal

MARIETTA, Ga.--()--May 18, 2006--The Walker School, one of Georgia's preeminent private schools, announced today that Dr. Edwin P. Gordon will become the school's new Lower School Principal. He will replace retiring principal, Mrs. Billie Walker, who has served the school for more than 30 years. Dr. Gordon will oversee the educational direction of students in grades one to five. He was most recently the Director of the K-12 Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.

"Dr. Gordon brings significant experience to this position not only as an administrator, but also as a former elementary school teacher," says Headmaster Don Robertson. "His philosophy on education and his commitment to addressing the needs of young students within our global society will be a fundamental component to his administration."

Gordon is a graduate of Baylor University and Cornell University where he earned the Cornell University Award for Leadership and Educational Excellence. He holds degrees in English, Sociology and Public Administration. At the University of Pennsylvania, he managed the academic quality of the graduate school program for PK-12th grade educators, while mentoring teachers and administrators on the appropriate curriculum for a competitive global society.

"I am committed to the pursuit of raising young children to appreciate and love the gift of education and the process of learning," says Gordon. "Education should foster good citizenship and moral discipline, self-esteem and strength of character along with intellectual power and creativity."

Gordon's past experience includes serving as Head of Lower School and an elementary teacher at the Country Day School of Arlington, Arlington, Texas; Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Planning for the Arlington Independent School District; and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.

He is a recipient of the United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement Award. Gordon also later served as a policy research analyst, assisting in the design of a cost-benefits model for the U.S. Department of Education.

The Walker School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools providing educational opportunities for pre-kindergarten up to 12th grade with an enrollment of just under 1100. The school emphasizes educational excellence in a supportive and nurturing environment. Located on 30 acres, nine buildings make up The Walker School campus which includes three libraries, two gymnasiums, three dining halls, a technology center, athletic fields for football, soccer, softball and baseball as well as tennis courts. The average tenure of a teacher at The Walker School is 17 years with nearly 75% holding advanced degrees. More than 85% of upper school students participate in a sport. One hundred percent of all Walker School graduates go on to pursue four year degrees. For more information, log onto www.thewalkerschool.org.

Contacts

The Walker School
Patty Mozley, 770-427-2689
mozleyp@thewalkerschool.com

Contacts

The Walker School
Patty Mozley, 770-427-2689
mozleyp@thewalkerschool.com