A Note from Principal Ross
I am delighted to announce that Alan Frishman has been hired as interim principal during my maternity leave. Alan has a B.A. and Master’s degree from Yale University and is an extremely seasoned retired principal. Alan has also served as a leadership coach for New Leaders, a well-regarded national principal training organization (during which time he coached an Aspire Charter Schools principal who used to report to our own board chair Gloria Lee!).
Since “retiring” a few years ago, Alan has taken on a variety of short-term assignments, including helping to launch a virtual education program between China and the U.S., through which he has built a number of education connections in Shanghai, Beijing, and Wuhan. With all his administrative experience Alan is eminently prepared to help guide Yu Ming on our journey to fulfill the mission that is described in our charter. I was especially impressed by his attitude toward being a “steward” during my absence—his priority is the students—and I believe Alan will be a terrific longer-term advisor for us, as well.
Alan will officially start at the beginning of August and stay through the winter holiday break when I will return full-time. He will also be on-hand before August to ensure a smooth transition. In addition, Lee Na Chang—our music teacher extraordinaire, who already knows all of our students and who comes to us with a Montessori background as well as school administration experience of her own—will serve as a bridge administrator on a part-time basis in May and then a full-time basis in June.