Kelce takes over as Head of Lower School


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Jessica Kelce has taken over as the new Head of School at Holy Trinity's Lower Campus.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Holy Trinity

 

Holy Trinity’s Lower School has a new leader.

Jessica Kelce, formerly a dean and science research teacher at the Upper School, has taken over as the new Head of School for the lower campus.

Catherine Koos, meanwhile, has moved from the Lower School to the Upper School where she will serve as a dean.

The moves are seen as a good fit for both administrators.

“She’s a very organized, dedicated person and perfect for the role of dean,” Holy Trinity President Katherine Cobb said of Koos.

Kelce, who recently earned her Doctorate in Education from UCF, also has a M.S. in Education from Walden University and a B.S. in Middle Childhood Education (math and science) from Cleveland State University.

It’s that educational background that Cobb believes will make Kelce a perfect fit for the Lower School.

“She’s focused in curriculum development,” Cobb said. “That’s something we really want to concentrate on. We did a parent survey last year and they want to see more cross-curriculum and they want to see a smoother transition from the Lower School to the Upper School with regards to curriculum.

“I believe Dr. Kelce’s academic preparation makes her the ideal person to delve into curriculum.”

In fact, Cobb said she has already seen “a lot of positive energy” from the Lower Campus, where enrollment has slightly increased.

Other additions to the Holy Trinity staff include the addition of Leroy Darby as Interim Director of Diversity; Colleen Middlebroos as director of Advancement; Claude Russo as director of Information Technology; Michelle Farquharson as Advancement and Special Events Coordinator; Jorge Gonzales II as director of Security and Facilities; Emily Totre as the Upper School nurse and a host of new teachers, including Col. John Moser, who will teach a new Legal Studies course at the Upper School.