《声音》启明星专刊 VOICES for Daystar Academy VOICES Spring/Summer Edition 2019 - Page 9

IN THE NEWS Daystar Appoints New HOS and MHS Principal T his fall, Daystar will be welcoming a new Head of School and Middle & High School Principal! Earlier this year, the Daystar Leadership Decision Committee unanimously selected Ms. Gaye Rawding as the next Head of School of Daystar Academy, starting July 15, 2019. She will succeed Elizabeth Hardage, who has overseen a period of tremendous growth for Daystar Academy during her three-year tenure. of school development (new schools through to mature schools) will be a tremendous asset for Daystar. She is committed to this position for the long term and we believe she is the right person to lead Daystar to achieve our vision of becoming China’s premier bilingual K-12 school. Our incoming Middle and High School Principal, Mr. Daniel Williams was also unanimously selected by the Daystar Leadership Decision Committee. Similar to Ms. Rawding’s appointment, Daniel’s appointment is the culmination of a comprehensive, international search, involving key stakeholders in our community. Both Ms. Hardage and Ms. Rawding were consulted and involved in identifying the five short-listed candidates. For the past eight years, Daniel has been working in Suzhou in two of the city’s top international schools: Suzhou Singapore International School and Dulwich International High School/Suzhou. At both institutions, Daniel has achieved numerous milestones. They include significantly improving students’ academic performance and examination results that he was directly responsible for, as well as overhauling and implementing key systems to optimize student-centered experiences and student learning. He is a passionate educator who cares deeply about his students and his colleagues, is a team player, and a lifelong learner. Daniel is deeply committed to bilingualism, and to China. Please join us in welcoming Gaye and Daniel into the Daystar family. We believe they will be exceptional leaders for our school’s bright future! Gaye’s appointment as our next Head of School represents the culmination of a comprehensive, international search, with extensive engagement with all stakeholders in the community as well as numerous references for short-listed candidates. At the conclusion of this comprehensive process, it was the unanimous decision by the Decision Committee that Gaye is the right candidate to lead our school into our next phase of development. Gaye is uniquely qualified for this position. She has led educational projects in China for five years and understands the unique challenges and nuances of bilingualism and bicultural programs. She shares similar values and aspirations to Daystar; values that have guided her decisions as an educational leader. Her breadth of experience, spanning geographic regions (North America, China, Middle East), different age groups (Elementary through High school), and stages 7