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Dear Members of the Rowland Hall Community,

After 26 years of being privileged to lead this wonderful school, I've decided it's time to retire. Next year, the 2019-2020 school year, will be my last as head of school at Rowland Hall. I look forward to spending more time with my family and developing my skills as an executive coach.

In some ways this is the hardest decision I have made, since coming to school every day has been a joy for 26 years and still is. On the other hand, I feel I've done my best to help the school grow and improve, and it feels like the right time to start the next chapter of my life. The school has an outstanding faculty and staff. The Board of Trustees couldn't be stronger or more visionary. It is an excellent time to make the transition.

In 1990, I was looking for an opportunity to lead a school I would want my own children to attend. I was seeking a community where they would be nurtured and challenged and where they would thrive both personally and academically. I found that school in Salt Lake City and was fortunate enough to be offered the position of head of school at Rowland Hall starting on July 1, 1992.

At that time, the titles of headmaster and headmistress were used as much or more than the title head of school. When I was asked what I wanted on my nameplate, I said I wanted the title head learner. For the past 26 years I feel that's been my most important role.

This position has been a dream job for me. I work with people every day who want to learn, grow, and become the best they can be. I feel I've been the conductor of an outstanding orchestra that has improved every year I've been here. And though the conductor is necessary to coordinate the efforts of the musicians, they are the ones that make the beautiful music. I have been so fortunate to have an incredibly talented group of ”musicians” to work with over the years.

It is a privilege to be a member of this nurturing community where there is a commitment to helping each child reach their potential. I thank all of the faculty, staff, and board members who have made this journey so rewarding. I also want to let all the students and parents who have been a part of my life over the past 26 years know how much I appreciate their commitment to being positive, contributing members of this community.

Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank my wife, Nancy. As a fellow educator and my partner, she has been my most important advisor and supporter. Whatever success I've had here has only been possible because of her commitment to helping me do the best I could for the school.

I look forward to working with all of you over the next two years to continue to strive for excellence at Rowland Hall and to make the transition to a new head of school successful.

Sincerely,

Alan Sparrow

Monitor the search for a new head of school here.

Head of School Alan Sparrow Announces 2020 Retirement

Dear Members of the Rowland Hall Community,

After 26 years of being privileged to lead this wonderful school, I've decided it's time to retire. Next year, the 2019-2020 school year, will be my last as head of school at Rowland Hall. I look forward to spending more time with my family and developing my skills as an executive coach.

In some ways this is the hardest decision I have made, since coming to school every day has been a joy for 26 years and still is. On the other hand, I feel I've done my best to help the school grow and improve, and it feels like the right time to start the next chapter of my life. The school has an outstanding faculty and staff. The Board of Trustees couldn't be stronger or more visionary. It is an excellent time to make the transition.

In 1990, I was looking for an opportunity to lead a school I would want my own children to attend. I was seeking a community where they would be nurtured and challenged and where they would thrive both personally and academically. I found that school in Salt Lake City and was fortunate enough to be offered the position of head of school at Rowland Hall starting on July 1, 1992.

At that time, the titles of headmaster and headmistress were used as much or more than the title head of school. When I was asked what I wanted on my nameplate, I said I wanted the title head learner. For the past 26 years I feel that's been my most important role.

This position has been a dream job for me. I work with people every day who want to learn, grow, and become the best they can be. I feel I've been the conductor of an outstanding orchestra that has improved every year I've been here. And though the conductor is necessary to coordinate the efforts of the musicians, they are the ones that make the beautiful music. I have been so fortunate to have an incredibly talented group of ”musicians” to work with over the years.

It is a privilege to be a member of this nurturing community where there is a commitment to helping each child reach their potential. I thank all of the faculty, staff, and board members who have made this journey so rewarding. I also want to let all the students and parents who have been a part of my life over the past 26 years know how much I appreciate their commitment to being positive, contributing members of this community.

Finally, and most importantly, I want to thank my wife, Nancy. As a fellow educator and my partner, she has been my most important advisor and supporter. Whatever success I've had here has only been possible because of her commitment to helping me do the best I could for the school.

I look forward to working with all of you over the next two years to continue to strive for excellence at Rowland Hall and to make the transition to a new head of school successful.

Sincerely,

Alan Sparrow

Monitor the search for a new head of school here.

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