c115cc073ff7ce5b22609fb2b53c9d1fExcited beyond measure, I had the opportunity to announce to our school community the appointment of Mount Vernon’s Chief Learning and Innovation Officer. The following is an excerpt of my letter to MVPS.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has appointed Bo Adams as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer. Joining the Mount Vernon team in June, Bo will begin to assist me in overseeing the academic PS-12 program in conjunction with the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. He will spend a great deal of his time collaborating with division-heads, directors of 21st century teaching and learning, heads of grades, and faculty on curricular research and design teams. In addition, he will be an integral leader in the development of the Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation related to educational partnerships, //fuse annual conference, and research grants. From time to time, he will be found teaching in some capacity. Most importantly, as mentor and coach for the faculty and the administrative team, Bo’s greatest impact will be his ability to cultivate strong relationships within our community and beyond.

It is difficult to quantify how extraordinary this appointment is and the value he brings to the School. As an avid blogger, presenter, and researcher, Bo is highly-recognized as an educational thought leader in independent school education throughout the country. Recently, Bo has been working as the Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta. Most recognizable, Bo served The Westminster Schools from 1995-2012 as teacher, coach, and principal. His primary points of focus throughout his principalship were faculty development, professional learning communities, assessment literacy, project-based learning, and educational innovation. As a strategic visionary, Bo co-founded The Center for Teaching and co-launched an engaging student program, Synergy, at Westminster. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Duke University and master’s degree in social sciences and school leadership from Emory University.

Bo, his wife, and two sons are extremely excited to join the School. “I have admired Mount Vernon as a leader in the Atlanta area and throughout the nation in terms of design thinking and educational innovation. In a period of big talk about school transformation, I deeply respect MVPS for being a doer and an exemplar of a school of the future.” Please welcome Bo and his family to the Mount Vernon community.