Radcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce the hiring of Ben Joiner as Assistant Head of School. Ben will join the school on August 1, 2016.
The hiring of an Assistant Head was a critical part of Radcliffe’s strategic plan, Securing our Future. The plan focuses on charting the course and identifying both specific short and longer-term goals for the school, specifically focused on programmatic, financial, advancement, and governance ideals.
“We are thrilled that Ben is returning in this new capacity to the school. Our search process encompassed approximately 30 candidates for this position. Resumes were reviewed and candidates interviewed by a group of seven individuals representing all of the school’s constituencies. Ben proved to not only be the best candidate for this position, but also an individual we know will integrate into the unique culture and leadership of the school,” said Susan Newton-Rhodes, Radcliffe Creek School’s Board President. “The selection of the Assistant Head of School is a critical step for the school as we prepare for our founder, Molly Judge, to transition in the next two years. We welcome Ben and his family back to the Creek with joy and high expectations for our collective future.”
For the last two years, Ben has served as Assistant Head of School at Kent School in Chestertown, where he was responsible for assisting the Headmaster with the academic leadership of the school, including consulting with teachers on classroom management, teaching methods, and general school procedures. He maintained congruence between the school’s mission statement and all academic activities and oversaw the coordination of the co-curricular and extracurricular activity programs.
Prior to his time at Kent School, Ben was a member of the Radcliffe Creek School faculty for 13 years, where he served as the Discovery Department Coordinator, Discovery instructor, Athletic Director and coach, as well as the Eighth Grade Placement Coordinator. Ben’s love of active, hands-on learning truly speaks to his love of The Radcliffe Way.
“The notion that education should be an individualized experience and that every child can succeed constitute the basic tenets of my educational philosophy,” Ben said. “I am most passionate about meeting students where they are; helping students find their strengths and nurture their passions. I want children to be confident. I want them to be independent. I want them to embrace process. I want them to think and struggle and err and persevere and triumph. I want them to learn and thrive. Children deserve this kind of education, and it is my belief that given the appropriate environment and abundant opportunity, every child can succeed. I am thrilled to be returning to Radcliffe.”
Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school designed for students between the ages of 5 and 14. Offering a three-to-one student-to-teacher ratio, students are encouraged to use their strengths to balance weaknesses and acquire the skills to become confident, independent learners. For more information about Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit www.radcliffecreekschool.org.