Head of St. Timothy's School to leave at year's end to explore other options

March 19, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

The head of St. Timothy's School, a private girls boarding and day school in Stevenson, has resigned, effective at the end of the school year.

Deborah M. Cook, head of St. Timothy's for nine years, said that it was a difficult decision to leave the school, but it was time for her to explore other professional opportunities. Cook, 51, said she and her family plan to stay in the Baltimore area for now.

Cook, who said that St. Timothy's is well-positioned for new leadership, is not sure what her next career move will be, but it will be education in some form, she said.

Her announcement creates another opening at the top at a Baltimore-area private school. The heads of Friends School in Baltimore and St. Paul's School in Brooklandville will leave at the end of this school year and the head of Oldfields School in Glencoe will depart at the end of next school year. The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and St. Paul's School for Girls in Brooklandville recently filled vacancies.

Cook went to St. Timothy's from the Pennington School in Pennington, N.J., where she had worked for 15 years. She was interim head of school, head of the upper school and admissions director. Pennington, in central New Jersey, is a coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades six through 12.

"Boarding schools are a 24-hour- a-day, seven-day-a-week job," Cook said. "I have reached a time in my life where I would like to reflect."

"I have come to count on the strength of the board of trustees and their commitment to the school, the faculty who provide true enthusiasm for the important work they do every day, those in the school community who are inspirational in their belief in the school, and, most importantly, the students' dedication to their education," she said.

St. Timothy's has 122 students in grades nine through 12.

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