Amy came to Shipley in 2014 as the Director of Enrollment Management. Prior to joining the Shipley community, Amy spent 9 years as Director of Admissions at The Renbrook School in Connecticut. Before that she was the Director of Admissions at the Community School of Naples in Florida, and an Associate Director of Admissions at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire. Amy has two children in independent schools; her youngest is a current Shipley student.Q. What makes you proud to be at Shipley?
A. My family and I love the Shipley community – which is something we hear from current and prospective families alike. Being “on the inside” I see how Shipley always puts students first and is truly committed to balancing a rigorous academic program with social and emotional wellness.
Q. As a parent, what excites you about the new Positive Education initiative?
A. I have already seen the benefits of Shipley’s commitment to Positive Education with our son Grayson in 5th grade– even beyond the school day. We were working as a family on a particularly difficult project at home and he said “This is a hard project but working as a team is good for our family.”
Q. When you meet with a prospective family what do you hope they take away from the conversation?
A. I hope that families leave with a sense of excitement over what Shipley can uniquely offer their child – academically as well as socially and emotionally. We want every family to feel fully supported in their journey to finding the best school for their child and their family.
Q. What is your favorite part of the school year?
A. That’s easy – welcoming new students!
Q. How does Shipley get to know each individual child?
A. This is a question I can answer easily as a parent. My colleagues are committed to knowing my child – they understand he is not perfect and they believe in him especially when he makes mistakes and faces challenges. They work in total partnership with us – we could not ask for anything more.
Q. Switching gears – favorite vacation?
A. Hiking the national parks in Utah!
Q. What surprises people most about Shipley?
A. Shipley is well known for our strong sense of community and for our commitment to balance in students’ lives. What surprises some people is the high level of rigor of the academic program and commitment to academic excellence. Our students develop incredibly strong writing and presentation skills. In fact, the newest member of our team, Jenna Swann-Gross Shipley ‘01 and Amherst ‘05 says college was easy after Shipley!