Head of the Learning Village Shannon Montague will join the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) as director of professional development beginning July 1, 2020.
From a strong pool of applicants and a national search, Montague presented an impressive background and vision for supporting all 96 member schools in professional development. Central to her philosophy is providing professional development that intentionally focuses on the learner, encourages reflection and connections, and celebrates individual stories.
"In her time at St. Anne’s-Belfield, Shannon has brought our community the same talents and expertise that attract her to this role at VAIS: a dedication to supporting the highest quality teaching and learning for our students; an innovative and forward-thinking mindset that will prepare kids for the future; a listening ear and ability to problem solve that helped students, families, and faculty navigate difficult situations; and an attention to detail that allowed our large and complex Learning Village to run smoothly and our faculty to focus their energies on their classes and time with students," noted Head of School David Lourie.
With degrees from the University of Virginia and Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership, Montague will join VAIS with broad classroom and administrative experience in independent schools in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Prior to her time at St. Anne’s-Belfield, Montague was the middle school dean of students, drama coordinator, and middle school technology integrator at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Md., an English teacher and advisor at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., and an English teacher, advisor, and sixth grade coordinator at Bullis School in Potomac, Md.
Montague has been an active attendee and presenter at educational conferences including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), and has been involved with the NAIS Teacher of the Future program as a participant and faculty member. She has also designed and implemented Edcamps – proven opportunities for teachers to engage in active and participant-designed learning.
For the 2020 - 2021 school year, interim leadership has been appointed for the Learning Village. Dean of Faculty Development for Grades 5 - 8 Marie Reed will serve as interim head of the Middle School and Dean of Faculty Development for for Grades K - 4 Lisa Keeler will serve as interim head of the Pre-School and Lower School.