St. Peter's Episcopal Appoints New Head Of School

Monday, January 28, 2013

St. Peter’s Episcopal School’s board of Trustees announced the appointment of Donna S. Mallett, Ed. S. as the new Head of School. Mrs. Mallett brings more than 20 years of education experience to St. Peter’s.  Most recently, she served as Principal at Tattnall Square Academy in Macon, GA and also Head of School at St. George’s Episcopal School, Milner, GA.  Her broad prior experience also includes serving as Accreditation Team Chairperson for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  Mrs. Mallett succeeds Kathy Lanza who is retiring after serving St. Peter’s for 31 years.


Bill Winchester, chair of St. Peter’s Board of Trustees, offers “Donna's resume, while most impressive, does little to exemplify the traits, skills, and characteristics she brings with her to St. Peter's.  After just a few short weeks, students, staff, and parents are all raving about her!  Her desire to reach out to make every child at St. Peter's feel special is driven by her love for education and for the future of these children.  St. Peter's future is here and her name is Donna Mallett!”  


The announcement concludes a long search process by a search committee composed of members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, parents and parents of alumni guided by consultants from the Independent  School Counsel (ISC), the Southeast's leading independent school consulting group and one of the fastest-growing school resource firms in the United States.  After considering an outstanding group of candidates, Mrs. Mallett was chosen to guide, to inspire, and to lead St. Peter’s School during the next exciting phase of our future.  Todd Tindall, Chair of the Search Committee, addsreplacing a high quality individual like Kathy Lanza certainly was a daunting task, but the search committee and our consultants believe we have found a dynamic leader to continue the wonderful culture and traditions of St Peters. Donna Mallett is an enthusiastic educator with outstanding qualifications with a  nurturing nature. She represents all the traits you could want in a leader and is focused on putting our children's needs first.”

Mrs. Mallett earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Mercer University, her Masters in Educational Leadership (M. Ed.) and her Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed. S.) from Georgia College and State University.  She began her career in the classroom teaching various K-8th grade classes before assuming an administrative role as Academic Dean.  She began her tenure at St. Peter’s Episcopal School on Jan. 1.

“The past two weeks have been filled with indescribable excitement as I have embraced the future as Head of School at St. Peter’s Episcopal School. My family and I view the opportunity to live and learn in this exemplary school and in the Chattanooga community as a gift of great value, one which we will cherish more and more in the days and years to come. The opportunity to lead and to serve at St. Peter’s Episcopal School allows me to pursue my passion for the education of students in an extraordinary school that has clarity of mission and a purposeful vision. The future is brimming with possibility as we begin the next chapter at St. Peter’s Episcopal School!”


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