St. Peter’s Episcopal School announced that Meredith Ruffner will take over as interim head of school for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Previously-named head Donna Mallett had decided that the transition from her Atlanta home was not in her family’s best interest.
“We are thrilled that Meredith will lead St. Peter’s next year,” said board chairman Bill Winchester. “Meredith is an outstanding teacher and has the respect and love of students, faculty, administrators and parents. She will be a warm and caring guide in our school and in our community.”
Ms. Ruffner, a teacher for 20 years, has extensive experience in elementary and special education. She has been at St. Peter’s for 10 years as a second grade teacher, and will complete her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal Licensure in 2014. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me, and I am so excited to lead the St. Peter’s family,” said Ms. Ruffner. “Our children are the community’s most valued asset. Giving them a strong academic foundation and helping them understand God’s love for all people will serve them their whole lives. I’m honored to be a part of that.”
Dr. Herb Barks, former headmaster of Baylor School and Hammond School, will be acting as a consultant during this time of transition. Officials said, "We are grateful for his dedication, love of the school, and passion for children."
St. Peter’s Episcopal School began as a kindergarten in 1965, and demand for more grades soon followed. St. Peter’s now welcomes children ages three to five in preschool and kindergarten through fifth grade in the elementary school.