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David Monaco '89 Named Head of Parish Episcopal School


According to a press release from the Parish Episcopal School, David W. Monaco '89 will be the new head of school effective July 1, 2009.

Mr. Monaco is currently the assistant head of school for academic affairs at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Parish Episcopal School Board Chair  G.R. Christon said, "David received the unanimous support of both the search committee and the Board of Trustees. In addition, he received enthusiastic and widespread support from all constituencies within the Parish community, including the church, parents, students, faculty, staff, trustees and administration." Monaco brings nearly 20 years of independent school experience and is known and valued for his integrity, work ethic, intellect and leadership.

During his 16 years at Ravenscroft,  Monaco served in a variety of capacities including assistant head of school for academic affairs, Middle School head and founding director of Wake Summerbridge, a community outreach program for public middle school students. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he has actively engaged students as a middle and upper teacher, trip and community service sponsor and as an assistant coach for the varsity football team. Prior to Ravenscroft, Monaco was a middle school teacher and three-season coach at Summit Country Day School, Cincinnati, OH.  He received his BA in history with honors from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and received a masters degree in social studies from Teachers College, Columbia University.  Mr. Monaco has served as a chair on numerous Southern Association of Independent School accreditation visitation teams and is a member of the St. Raphael's Pastoral Council. 

"The Board of Trustees and the Search Committee are confident that with his array of talents, depth of experience and wisdom, David will serve the school and all members of the Parish community with great distinction" said Christon.

The appointment followed a nationwide search with the help of Linc Eldredge and Jessica Cockrell of Brigham Hill Consultancy.

Monaco will succeed Parish's 29 year head of school, Gloria Snyder, who is retiring from Parish after 51 years as an educator. Mrs. Snyder has guided Parish through its expansion from a pre-K – 6th grade parish school to its current configuration as a pre-K through 12th grade school with 1,200 students on two campuses. Parish serves a distinct role in the Dallas educational landscape, championing academic rigor with personal nurture and creating a profound sense of community built upon the foundation of its Episcopal identity.

Monaco, his wife, Mollie, and three school-age sons will be moving to Dallas this summer. "Mollie and I are thrilled to have been selected to serve the Parish Episcopal School community. It is truly an honor to follow a servant leader of Gloria Snyder's stature; we will invest every ounce of our energies to serving The Parish Episcopal School with the same passion that she did. I look forward to joining the talented professionals and dedicated parent body as the School transitions through an important phase in its maturation."

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