Jessica Keimowitz Named Upper School Director at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Educator’s Ally celebrates Jessica Keimowitz on her recent appointment as the Upper School Director at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, beginning July 1, 2022.  Prior to joining BB&N, Jessica spent fifteen years guiding the Upper School division at Dana Hall School as Assistant Head of Academics, Director of the Upper School.

Below is the announcement sent to the BB&N community last week by Head of School, Jen Price.

January 31, 2022

Dear BB&N Community,

I am writing to announce that we have concluded our Upper School Director search and, in typical BB&N fashion, the outcome is both exciting and out-of-the-box. To begin, I am very pleased to announce that Jessica Keimowitz has agreed to serve as our next Upper School Director, starting on July 1, 2022. At the conclusion of our robust search process, Jessica emerged as the leader best poised to guide our Upper School into its next chapter. In Jessica, BB&N has found a proven independent school leader—in her 15 years guiding the Upper School division at Dana Hall School, she has built a stellar reputation for her ability to innovate, inspire, and empathize. She has a rare gift for relationship building, with defining traits that include a collaborative mindset, humility, and a disarming sense of humor. When students, parents, and colleagues describe Jessica, they hail the way she nurtures a sense of belonging among students, her skill at listening and forging consensus, and her ability to both model and foster the joy of learning. We are enormously lucky to have her join our community.

Jessica shares, “I’m excited to be able to join the vibrant BB&N community! I am humbled and honored to have been selected for the position of Upper School Director. My first priority is to get to know the community—the students, faculty, staff, and parents. I’m energized by the strategic plan and am eager to dive into the work of educating the whole child, helping to implement pedagogical innovation across departments, prioritizing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and supporting the extraordinary faculty and staff that work so hard every day to educate young people.”

This search was a unique one in my career. As it proceeded, and as I slowed down and listened carefully—to the candidates, to the members of the Search Committee, and to the hundreds of students, parents, faculty, and staff who participated—it became clear that an additional opportunity was materializing. Specifically, what came to light was the way in which a reimagined Upper School leadership team could help us deliver on the ambitious, multilayered goals for the campus that are outlined in our strategic plan.

To our great fortune, it became equally clear that a solution was close at hand. Which is why, in addition to Jessica’s appointment as Director, I am pleased to announce that Michael Chapman will join the Upper School leadership team in the newly created role of US Dean of Teaching and Learning. He will transition to this new role, which will include teaching one class, on July 1. As a finalist in the director search, Michael impressed our entire community with his passion and the vision he shared around BB&N’s teaching and learning mission. He first arrived at BB&N in Fall 2018 as a science teacher, and over the past four years has distinguished himself for the innovative, student-centered approach he brings to his classes. Additionally, he has shone in a variety of collaborative leadership roles, which have included overseeing the Scheduling Committee, guiding better classroom transitions for incoming students, partnering with our Upper School DEIG practitioner to co-create a professional learning community, and co-pioneering an interdisciplinary course in scientific ethics.

Michael shares, “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as the new Upper School Dean of Teaching and Learning. I look forward to helping amplify the great pedagogical work we do here at BB&N, ensuring that we are uniting around our shared mission and DEIG commitments, and thinking about how we can continue to innovate and grow in our teaching and learning practices. We are so lucky to be led by Jessica in this collective endeavor, and I can’t wait to partner with her, our administrative team, and our amazing faculty and students.”

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