A Message from our Head of School
David Egolf Celebrating Corlears 50th Anniversary
September 21, 2018
I am excited to be writing to you on the monumental occasion of celebrating Corlears’ 50th birthday!
On September 26th, Corlears Founders Day, Corlears will mark 50 years since opening in 1968. That’s 50 years of a school specifically designed for young children; 50 years of developing and sharing a rigorous and complex educational program centered on progressive education; 50 years of dedicated teachers who model the compassion and joy of learning that Corlears graduates carry through life; and 50 years of fueling the wonder and imagination of thousands of children.
We have a lot to look forward in celebrating our 50th anniversary. We’ll begin the festivities at the first assembly with parents on October 19th, where we’ll gather as a community to celebrate Corlears’ birthday! Then throughout the year, our golden anniversary will be at the center of all of our activities. We will be sure to have a party or two while we are at it!
This is a great time to be at Corlears to celebrate our current work, while reflecting on the past. This celebration serves as an opportunity to focus on our history as we continue to connect with the school’s many enthusiastic and accomplished alumni. Look out for a lot of Corlears history highlights on our social media streams starting next week as well.
One big opportunity coming up very soon is an event sponsored by the board task force, Partnership for Equity and Inclusion. The event, Stories That Lift Us: 50 Years of Social Justice at Corlears, will be held on the evening of October 18th, and will bring together current and former families to reflect on the ways that Corlears has striven to be a place that not only welcomes everyone, but also an institution that instills the responsibility in our students to lead inclusive lives and push for their future communities to do the same. You can learn more about this event and RSVP below.
So, please join me in wishing Corlears a big Happy 50th Birthday! I look forward to celebrating with you throughout the year.
Head of School
Read David's article "Raising Leaders of Change," featured in The Parents League Review.
Read David's blog, The Intersection: Thoughts on schools and education.
About our Head of School
Head of School, David Egolf, began at Corlears in July, 2014. His work in New York independent schools has spanned nearly 2 decades, and began as an art teacher in the elementary ages. Over time, David served as Arts Director, Lower School Director and Assistant Head of School at his previous school.
He is passionate about early childhood and elementary education, especially in developing children’s collaborative problem solving skills. When you meet him, his excitement about schools and love of children come through immediately.
At Corlears, David has focused his passion for improving the way we teach young children to develop the school’s sophisticated elementary math program — an approach that reaches all students, and teaches them to think like mathematicians. David is also committed to advancing the school’s social justice initiative, and works in collaboration with the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff to ensure an inclusive and equitable community and program at Corlears.
David has two daughters, and lives in Brooklyn with the younger of the two, as well as his his wife and two dogs.