The National Association of Independent Schools has made their Fellowship selections with two of the newest Fellows being from Pinewood Preparatory School.
Marilyn Davis and Angie Ringley have signed their letters of acceptance and now begin the mentor selection process. They will secure mentors that best meet their needs.
The previous seven cohorts have brought together a group of outstanding aspiring school leaders.
The Fellowship, funded by NAIS and Benedict Foundation for Independent Schools, is offered to support the professional development of exceptional and qualified individuals in independent schools who demonstrate excellence in leadership, and a passion for their work. The program is among the best independent school leadership development programs in the country.
Davis received her Bachelors and Masters degree from Charleston Southern University. She has taken multiple classes through College of Charleston and the Citadel and received training in programs such as Schools Attuned and Teacher Cadet. She has over 20 years experience in education and has taught different grade levels and subjects in public and independent schools.
Davis is certified in gifted and talented education and has a special interest in curriculum development. She is a SCISA Master Teacher and has conducted workshops for teachers and parents on a variety of subjects. Two of her children graduated from Pinewood and her youngest daughter, Charlee, is in 10th grade.
Ringley is the Head of Middle School and the Technology Director at Pinewood. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has taught lower, middle and high school. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University. She received a Master of Education from Charleston Southern University with Minors in Computers and Science, and has completed 27 graduate hours in educational technology beyond the masters level.
She was Pinewood’s 2005 Teacher of the Year and is a 2007 SCISA Master Teacher. She has one daughter in high school at Pinewood.
The NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads is a one-year professional development program for individuals at NAIS member schools. Through programming, mentorship, and a school project, fellows develop their own leadership styles, learn key issues and skills, and develop a strong network. The fellowship is a critical component of NAIS's leadership development philosophy.
They say that they invest in this program because they believe strongly in the importance of nurturing the next generation of independent school leaders. Equally important is the investment that fellows, their schools, and their mentors are making in their own leadership development.
To be eligible for consideration as an NAIS fellow, participants must work at an NAIS member school and have worked as an administrator in independent schools for three or more full years, have a master's degree or other advanced degree, or be in the process of obtaining one and commit to completing all the components of the program in the fellowship year.