Friends School of Minnesota (FSMN) is extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Latrisha Chattin will become the school’s fourth Head of School, effective July 1, 2015. Her appointment results from an intensive process to identify a successor to Lili Herbert, who announced in December 2013 that she would be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
Latrisha Chattin resonates strongly with the school’s mission. Her philosophy of education and commitment to Quaker values are a great fit with FSMN’s academic program and culture. With advanced graduate work in special education and extensive classroom experience, Latrisha brings considerable expertise in working with students with diverse learning needs. She is enthused about working with the school on FSMN’s diversity goals and leading us in deepening FSMN’s community relationships.
Latrisha is eager to get started. “Friends School of Minnesota’s commitment to educate the whole child and instill Quaker values reflects my personal upbringing and professional priorities. As a product of a Quaker school education, I am honored by this opportunity to carry on this legacy and lead a community of nurturing, forward-thinking peacekeepers who believe education is intellectual, emotional and spiritual.”
Latrisha is currently teaching and providing administrative coverage at Wyncote Elementary School in Pennsylvania. Previously, she was the Site Director for two nonprofits. Latrisha has an Ed.D. from Arcadia University and an M.S. from St. Joseph’s University. She is a graduate of Grinnell College and William Penn Charter School in Pennsylvania, the oldest Quaker high school in the country. Latrisha is an attender at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting in Philadelphia.
The School Committee’s decision to appoint Latrisha was based upon the unanimous recommendation of the Head of School Search Committee, which carried out an eleven-month, nation-wide search. The Head Search Committee’s final discernment process was evidence-driven, spiritually led, and informed by the thoughtful feedback from FSMN students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and Quakers in the community.
School Committee clerk and Head Search Committee member Cathy Jordan was very pleased with the search process as well as the outcome. “The committee’s process was very thoughtful and deliberate. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Latrisha over the last several months and we are so excited to welcome her to our community. We believe Latrisha will lead our school with integrity, a strong vision, an innovative spirit and a deep respect for our core identity.”
Latrisha will lead a thriving school in its 27th year, taking over from Lili Herbert, whose exceptional leadership guided and improved FSMN during her nine years as Head of School. Lili increased the school’s enrollment and doubled its endowment. She oversaw and raised funds for two major building and grounds projects that strengthened FSMN’s academic program by beautifying and improving the functionality of its space. She collaborated with faculty to further develop FSMN’s strong academic program, deepening FSMN’s commitment to Quaker values and progressive education. Through her service on the Friends Council on Education’s Board of Directors, Lili connected Friends School of Minnesota to the nationwide network of Friends schools. Lili leaves FSMN in excellent health and with the brightest of futures as she moves on to pursue a research and writing project and earn a Masters of Divinity at Earlham School of Religion.
Lili enthusiastically welcomes Latrisha. “I am so thrilled with the naming of Dr. Latrisha Chattin as our next Head of School. It affirms our school and our values that the committee and hiring process was so thoughtful, inclusive, and careful. And I am excited to see what the next era brings for Friends School of Minnesota!”
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FSM is a thriving, independent, K-8 Quaker school in the heart of St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. In the tradition of more than 80 Friends Schools across the United States, FSMN meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. FSMN is a vibrant and stable institution of 168 students known for its rich, progressive curriculum; commitment to community; acclaimed conflict resolution program; and holistic, joyful approach to educating children.
FSM is dedicated to its mission: to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.
Learn more about Friends School of Minnesota at www.fsmn.org.
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