Superintendent of Schools Ralph Mayo has announced the appointment of Alexandra Bartholomew as the Principal for New Lebanon School, effective July 1, 2019. Ms. Bartholomew is currently Principal of Anderson & McGrath Elementary School in Grand Blanc, MI. She expressed, "I am incredibly excited and honored to be joining the New Lebanon School and larger Greenwich community. I look forward to getting to know and partnering with our families, students, and teachers as we build upon a fabulous legacy and look toward the future." Ms. Bartholomew has a successful track record of implementing targeted strategies to close opportunity gaps for students, supporting and retaining teachers, and partnering with families in the education of their children. Her grandfather brought his family to Greenwich in the 1960s and her father and uncle attended the Greenwich Public Schools. She is excited to live and work in Greenwich and to reconnect with family friends.
Mr. Mayo noted, "Alexandra is an experienced building administrator who brings a wealth of knowledge of instructional practices, professional learning, and school improvement planning to our school district. Each of these skills will support the work that is currently taking place at New Lebanon School. The programs and wrap-around services she has initiated have helped to improve academic achievement and the overall climate of her school. We are very excited that she will be joining our leadership team and I look forward to helping her transition to her new position in July."
Administrative candidates are selected after a comprehensive search and appointment process, which includes widespread recruitment efforts, multiple interviews, and extensive reference and background checks.
Bio Brief: Alexandra Bartholomew
Ms. Bartholomew began her career in education as a Learning Specialist and Special Education College Counselor with Rauner College Prep in Chicago, IL. In 2012, she became the Dean of Specialized Instruction for Rauner, advocating for inclusion and targeted student interventions.
During her School Leadership Master's program at Harvard University, Ms. Bartholomew conducted her principal internship at Zervas Elementary School in Newton, MA. She led team meetings as the administrator on the school's Diversity Committee, planning and executing Family Cultural Night and Dynamic Diversity Nights. She also planned the logistics of the schoolwide move into a new building, as well as a welcoming event for families at the new school.
Ms. Bartholomew was a Finalist for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award, Teach For America's highest honor. As a Recruitment Manager for TFA since 2016, Ms. Bartholomew has recruited students committed to educational equity as teachers in public schools.
With the Anderson & McGrath Elementary School in Grand Blanc, MI, Ms. Bartholomew has worked hard to support teachers, resulting in 100% retention rate. She has also implemented strategies to improve student performance, reduce behavior issues through restorative practices and mindfulness, and engage parents, increasing event attendance by 300% and donation revenue by 50%.Ms. Bartholomew received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. MI; a Master of Arts degree in Teaching, Special Education from National Louis University, Chicago, IL; and a Master's in Education degree in School Leadership from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA in 2016.