After a nationwide search, The Agnes Irwin School is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Elizardi will join the school in July as the new Lower School Director.
As the leader of the Lower School, Elizabeth will ensure the continued excellence of the division’s academic programming through research-based curricular development; cultivate the leadership identity in students through the Living Leadership in Lower School program; support social-emotional growth through the Let’s Care program; advance initiatives and programs that foster an equitable and inclusive community; and uphold and share the value of an Agnes Irwin education.
Elizabeth comes from the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is the founding head of their early childhood program, Green Trees Early Childhood Village. Since its inception in 2015, Elizabeth has grown the division to 170 students and 40 educators, and partnered with the advancement team to secure major gifts towards the school’s $50 million capital campaign. A seasoned educator, Elizabeth has worked in the classroom and as an administrator at public, charter, and independent schools; developed curriculum and curriculum-mapping processes; and was a founding leadership coach for Leading Educators, a professional development agency that trained teacher-leaders in school districts across the United States.
Elizabeth is a passionate educator, whose positive energy and thoughtful approach to learning is infectious. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from American University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Curriculum and Instruction through Louisiana State University.
Elizabeth would like to share the following: “From my very first interview, I knew that The Agnes Irwin School was a place for girls to be free and confidently explore a sense of self. During my visit, I found the spirit of AIS living in the girls’ voices, their joyous celebration of learning, and their meaningful relationships with the faculty. I am humbled and proud to carry on the legacy of a strong Lower School that respects and upholds the early and middle years of childhood, and steadfastly pursues the best in each girl, every day.”
Elizabeth's warm and approachable style, commitment to research-based approaches to teaching and learning, expertise in creating and leading a nationally recognized early childhood educational center, and authentic connection to students — which was evident when she spontaneously broke out into song with our kindergarteners during her campus tour — will serve her well as she leads the community of learners in the Lower School.
Welcome to Agnes Irwin, Elizabeth!