Students at Augusta Preparatory Day School will have a new leader when classes start Aug. 22.
Rebecca Gilmore became the 10th head of school in Augusta Prep's 50-year history when she accepted the position in early February. Gilmore replaces former Augusta Prep Head of School Jack Hall, who left for a job as headmaster of the Walker School near Atlanta.
Gilmore says the school's mission is what led her to Martinez.
"The mission of the school is dedicated to the highest quality of academic preparation for its graduates," she said. "Augusta Prep also has a long-standing commitment to diversity and it has programs that are appealing to its students."
A third-generation teacher, Gilmore has been an educator for more than 31 years, with 24 of those years spent at the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., in a variety of positions from director of admission to her former position as assistant head of school.
Gilmore says she is most excited about working with younger children.
"I came from an upper school and this school starts at pre-school and goes to the 12th grade," she said. "I am looking forward to working with children at younger ages and their families for the complete educational experience of the child."
One of the things Gilmore says she wants to accomplish is to get to know the community better. Every Friday during September, Gilmore plans to hold a social gathering called Coffee and Conversation.
"The coffee-and-conversation social is a way for parents to get to know me," she said. "I am new to the area and it gives me a chance to get to know them and it gives them a chance to know me and ask me questions."
Gilmore says she wants to make sure Augusta Prep's students are prepared for the future.
"Our students need to be prepared in terms of many different types of 21st century skills," she said. "Students need to have excellent academic programs and in-class experiences using such things as technology so that they can use it in real life."