Loudoun County Day School will welcome Darren P. Holgate as its new lower school director July 1.
Holgate taught in both England and New Zealand before moving to Maryland to teach at St. Paul’s School in Baltimore. He taught fourth grade and then served as the lower school technology coordinator, and for the past few years has worked on technology curriculum and professional development for the school’s kindergarten through twelfth-grade program.
In a prepared statement, Holgate said he applied for the position at Loudoun Country Day School because he “saw something special” in the school. “I am a great believer in the ‘whole child’ approach to teaching,” he stated. “Academics cannot be taught in isolation of the development of a child’s social, moral and emotional growth. The future of each and every child in the school will not rest solely on their academic skill sets but will inevitably require their strength in many areas.”
The lower school director is a newly created position at Loudoun County Day School, a private, pre-K-8 school just south of Leesburg. The decision to add a lower school director came as the school’s enrollment reached 300 students this year. For several years, Tim Beauchemin has filled both roles as lower school director and assistant headmaster. Beauchemin will continue to serve as assistant headmaster.
Headmaster Dr. Randy Hollister called the search for the school’s first lower school director “a highly competitive, national search process.”
“We are thrilled to have hired Darren,” Hollister stated. “He brings great knowledge, skills and experience working with faculty to his position, and he is going to contribute significantly to our already-strong lower school program.”
Holgate, his wife and three daughters will move to Loudoun County this summer from Owings Mills, MD.