Carla Jantos MacMullen was appointed the first female and ninth head of school at The Kew-Forest School on July 1—an exciting and historic moment as the school approaches its centennial anniversary next year.
MacMullen began her career at Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut, as a high school chemistry and middle school physical science teacher and was subsequently appointed science department chairwoman and dean of faculty. MacMullen was raised in Pittsburgh and earned her B.S in chemistry at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and M.Ed. in Independent School Leadership at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College at Columbia University. She and her husband, Sandy, a retired educator, live in Forest Hills Gardens and have three grown children.
Next year, The Kew-Forest School will celebrate 100 years. The school was founded as a “modern country day school” with high academic standards and a spirit of service and opened its doors for neighborhood children at its current location at 119-17 Union Turnpike. Today, The Kew-Forest School draws from a wider variety of communities and is one of the most diverse and international independent schools in the five boroughs—with approximately 60 nationalities on campus and 20 languages spoken at home.
With 230-plus students, the school is small by design and upholds its founding values as an intellectually vigorous environment for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, who serve the community inside and outside the school building. A gala to celebrate the centennial will take place on Oct. 13, 2018.
Families considering new educational opportunities for their children are invited to learn more about The Kew-Forest School. The Founders’ Day Carnival, which is open to the public, will be held on Oct.14, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event features something for all ages, including face and pumpkin painting, a bounce house, rock-climbing wall and bubble soccer.
Families will also have an opportunity to tour the school, talk to administrators and teachers and meet current students and families at an open house hosted during the carnival. For families who cannot make this event, the school is hosting two other open house events on Nov. 8, and Dec. 2. Visit the school website to register for these events at www.kewforest.org or contact Brad Walters, director of admission, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.