MAESA Matters July 2021


Greetings from MAESA!

Summertime offers time for rest and reflection; things which it feels like we skipped last summer. Schools never slowed down last year, but instead were busy acquiring new technology, learning new teaching methods, mapping out classroom space and creating learning cohorts to be able to launch the school year. Cities around the country were also gripped with protest and strife related to the murder of George Floyd and racial reckoning. July 2021 feels less anxious. Although, there are still unanswered questions about recovery from the pandemic, and a whole lot of work to be done on the path of racial reckoning.

Next week, on July 20, the Episcopal Church remembers four brave women, social reformers, who fought for human rights: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Ross Tubman. As an Episcopal school community we can honor, celebrate and learn from them. As we look forward to the upcoming 2021-2022 school year we can also reflect and decide which lessons, conversations and practices of the last year we should keep going for the unfinished work of the future.

We hope that you and your school leaders will join MAESA at the Annual Membership Meeting on Oct. 1, 2021 to engage in conversation with Kaliq Hunter Simms as she tackles “Now What? Sustaining the Momentum of Equity Initiatives After the Dust Settles”. More details on our meeting are below and you can register using this link.

MAESA is also thrilled to welcome new leadership to our board of governors and to introduce members in the class of 2024 who began their 3-year term on July 1st. You can read more about each of them below.
MAESA Annual Membership Meeting
October 1, 2021
at Holy Trinity: An Episcopal School

MAESA and Holy Trinity Head of School and MAESA Board Member Michael S. Mullin, invite you to join us for our Annual Membership Meeting on October 1, 2021. We are delighted to welcome Kaliq Hunter Simms to the MAESA Annual Members’ Meeting as our keynote speaker. Kaliq is an educator, a diversity consultant and founder of Higher Learning Group. She has done some amazing work with our host school, Holy Trinity: An Episcopal School, and will engage us in an important discussion about the path forward related to diversity and equity initiatives in our schools. Her address tackles “Now What? Sustaining the Momentum of Equity Initiatives After the Dust Settles”.
Kaliq relates, "We have experienced a whirlwind year of racial reckoning and pandemic hurdles. Now, when we would like to rest and reflect, we are being urged to get back to work on the 'new normal.' What does this mean? What have we learned and how will we ensure that we do not go in reverse but instead forge a new and sustainable path forward? Let’s rewrite the narrative of our schools’ so-called progress in the areas of diversity and equity. Let’s do so in a way that seizes this rare opportunity to reinvent ourselves, making us more true to who we claim to be as faith-based institutions of learning."
MAESA invites heads of school, chaplains, division directors, DEI leaders, and all interested members of your school community to come together for a morning of conversation and networking with your Episcopal school peers. Please let us know you’re coming by registering using this link. Thank you to our annual meeting sponsor Southern Teachers Agency. We look forward to seeing you on October 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity: An Episcopal School in Glenn Dale, MD for our annual meeting and luncheon to follow.

Meet the MAESA Board Class of 2024
The Rev. Dr. Lisa Barrowclough, Chaplain
Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
Lisa, a Canadian by origin, has served as a chaplain at 4 Episcopal schools since moving to the United States in 2003. Two of those schools were in Florida, one in Georgia and she is now entering her 3rd year at Beauvoir. She is also a founding convener of the Network of Episcopal School Chaplains. Lisa is beginning her first term on the MAESA Board.
The Rev. Betsy Carmody, Chaplain
Episcopal High School, Alexandria, VA
Betsy has served at Episcopal High School since 2014, for two years as Asst. Chaplain and since then as Head Chaplain and theology teacher. Prior to that she served 4 years at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, MD as lower school and intermediate school chaplain. Betsy is beginning her second term on the MAESA Board.
The Rev. Daniel Meck, Chaplain
St. Paul’s School Brooklandville, MD
Dan is entering his 15th year as Chaplain at St. Paul's School where he lives on campus with his family. He also teaches religious studies in the middle school. Prior to this he served as Assoc. Rector at St. David's in the Roland Park neighborhood of Maryland. Dan began serving on the MAESA Board in 2019 to fulfill an unexpired term, and begins a full term of service as in the class of 2024.
Erica Thompson
Assistant Head of School for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School, Washington, D.C.
Erica has more than 25 years of experience in independent schools, and joined St. Patrick's in 1998. She has presented workshops on diversity, equity and inclusion nationally. Erica joined the MAESA board last summer to fill an unexpired term and begins a full term of service in the class of 2024.
MAESA Board Welcomes New Leadership
President of the MAESA Board of Governors, Danny Vogelman, has served on the MAESA board as Secretary and most recently as Vice-President. Danny is entering his 6th year as Head of School at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, MD. Danny's knowledge and involvement with the independent school community is a gift to MAESA.
Vice-President of the MAESA Board of Governors, Jalene Spain Thomas, has served on the board most recently as Secretary. Jalene joined MAESA while at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, and is in her 5th year as Director of the Lower School at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. Jalene's commitment to MAESA continues in this leadership role.
Mark Your Calendar
2021-2022 MAESA Event Dates
2021 MAESA Fall Members' Meeting & Luncheon Friday, October 1, 2021, 10:00 a.m. hosted by Holy Trinity: An Episcopal School in Glenn Dale, Maryland. This event is for school heads, leaders, administrators, and chaplains in our MAESA schools.

MAESA Episcopal Schools Celebration and Service in Washington, D.C.: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at Washington National Cathedral and hosted by Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. We are working to plan and stream the worship service with a smaller representative group of students from our Washington/Baltimore area MAESA schools. We hope to announce a date in late winter 2022 for a full-scale Episcopal Schools Worship service and are in touch with our school chaplains about these developments.

MAESA Episcopal Schools Celebration and Service in Richmond, Va.: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, Richmond. This worship service is for MAESA schools' students, and we are inviting middle school aged students this year. This year we are planning student engagement time following the worship service to extend our time together.

MAESA Early Childhood Educators Conference, Friday, November 5, 2021 at Washington Episcopal School in the Mid-Atlantic region and offers a preferred registration rate to MAESA Members. We are accepting workshop proposals from teachers and heads of school. Use this link to submit an idea.

2022 MAESA Scholars Fair Friday, April 29th at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School. This event is open to students in 4th-8th grade in MAESA member schools. Please mark your calendar and contact maeasschools@gmail.com with any questions. Scholars Fair event guidelines and registration information will be shared in fall 2021.
Let us hear from you!
Katherine F. Murphy 
MAESA Executive Director