PUTNEY -- The Grammar School announces that Apple Gifford will join the school in July in the newly created role of Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean.

"The Grammar School is tremendously excited that Apple Gifford will be joining us," said Head of School Dan Marchetti. "Apple is an experienced and thoughtful educator, and we look forward to the value her leadership will bring to our robust academic program." Gifford comes to The Grammar School from Oak Meadow School in Brattleboro, where she most recently served as Curriculum Director. Gifford has also worked as an Outward Bound instructor and as a teacher at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass. Apple's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Religious Studies from Yale University, as well as a Masters of Education and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Counseling Psychology for Educators, both from Lesley University.

Gifford says, "My family and I have been part of the TGS community for two years and we have felt right at home from the start. For me, The Grammar School exemplifies an ideal learning community and I am thrilled to be joining Dan and the rest of the faculty and staff in the work of guiding the continuing evolution of the school's academic program."

The school created the Assistant Head of School and Academic Dean position as part of its recently minted strategic plan.


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Head of School Dan Marchetti says, "This key leadership position will help TGS hone our top-notch programs as we build on our traditions to provide an innovative education for our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century."

The Grammar School, a progressive independent school located in Putney provides students in preschool through eighth grade with an excellent academic, artistic, athletic, and ethical foundation. The faculty and staff cultivate in each student a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and a desire to contribute constructively to society through high expectations for achievement, creativity, self-discipline, and social responsibility.