Introducing Our New Head of School, Gretchen Larkin

On behalf of the Eagle Hill School Board of Trustees, it is with great excitement and enthusiasm that we welcome Gretchen Larkin, as our new Head of School beginning July 1, 2023.

Gretchen has extensive experience in school leadership as well as the classroom. For the last nine years, she has served as the Head of School at Charles River School in Dover, Massachusetts. During her time as the leader of Charles River, Gretchen has overseen a comprehensive strategic plan, increased enrollment, and reduced attrition as well as implemented a master plan process while leading a $10 million capital campaign. Together with her board, Gretchen led a best practice campaign for governance for the school and created a new multi-age model for delivering early childhood to the school.

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In recognition of her work at Charles River School, Gretchen was awarded the Division I 2018 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an honor traditionally given to leaders of colleges or universities. Gretchen was chosen for the award due to her leadership in a record-setting comprehensive fundraising campaign, which had a significant impact on the facilities and curriculum, while also providing leadership in the areas of innovation and overall institutional success.

Prior to her Headship at Charles River School, Gretchen spent six years at Milton Academy in Massachusetts where she was a K-8 Assistant Principal, a grade 3–5 Division Head, and the founding K-8 Curriculum Coordinator. Gretchen served in a variety of other roles at some of the leading independent schools in greater Boston, including being the founding reading specialist for Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts; founding educational coordinator for Dedham Country Day School; and K-8 Learning Specialist at the Advent School in Boston. Gretchen also served as a second-grade co-teacher at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1997-1998 and was the lead teacher for grades 6, 7, and 8 from 1991 to 1997 for Windward School in White Plains, New York. 

Outside of schoolwork, Gretchen currently serves on the board of trustees at The Carroll School in Lincoln, MA and previously served three years on the board of trustees for Belmont Day School. Gretchen served six years on the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), most recently as Secretary and Vice President. Additionally, she has served on the board of the Northeast Association of Learning Specialists from 2006 to 2009 and on the CCS Fundraising Advisory Board.

Gretchen holds an M.A.T. degree from Manhattanville College with honors as well as a bachelor’s degree in French from Lake Forest College. Gretchen is a graduate of Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut.



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