Meet Dave Samson: Incoming Head of Upper School

As we shared with our parent community this fall, after 12 years at Brookwood, Head of Upper School Annie Johnson will be leaving at the end of the academic year to fulfill a long-held dream of moving her family to Vermont. Annie’s move is deeply meaningful to her. In a heart-felt letter to colleagues, she wrote: “Vermont is, quite simply, the place we're supposed to be, our soul home." Annie has been a trusted teacher, advisor, coach and administrator during her tenure at Brookwood and we will miss her greatly when she embarks on this next chapter in the summer.

KK_Brookwood_04252019_448Introducing Dave Samson
Following a comprehensive national search for a new Upper School Division Head, we are excited to share that Dave Samson will be joining Brookwood on July 1.

During a recent visit to campus, Dave enjoyed meeting parents and faculty, visiting classes, talking with students, participating in School Meeting, and attending our secondary school coffee alongside 7th grade parents. He also sat down with 6th grader Max L. and 7th grader Lyla S. to answer their most pressing questions, such as "if you were a vegetable, which one would you be? and "what are you most excited about for your first year at Brookwood?" (Watch their conversation in the video below!)

For the past four years, Dave has served as the Assistant Principal at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City where he brought balance, wellness, student voice and restorative practices into his work with students, faculty and curriculum. Prior to that, he spent 11 years at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, serving in a variety of roles such as English and psychology teacher, school counselor, House Head Director (similar to Assistant Division Head), and lacrosse, soccer and basketball coach.

Dave earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology-based Human Relations from Connecticut College and his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. He has participated in leadership programs through National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the International Institute for Restorative Practices, and has presented nationally on the importance of restorative practices with school discipline. Off campus, Dave also has served on a range of boards and associations, such as the Shipley School and the Katie Samson Lacrosse Foundation, as part of his commitment to community and volunteer work.

Dave brings significant experience in teaching, counseling, faculty leadership and curriculum development. His work is built upon the academic and social-emotional skills young people need to have to thrive in high school and beyond, and he is guided by his deep commitment to cultivating relationships and ensuring that every member of the school community is recognized and known.

We’re thrilled to have Dave on board to help us lead Brookwood into our next chapter!