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Leadership

Welcome!

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  • Welcome!

    Welcome to Ransom Everglades School, a school that has blended tradition and progressive ideas for more than 115 years.

    Throughout our history, students have developed the experiences, skills and knowledge to guide them through meaningful lives in a changing world. Since the beginning, Ransom Everglades has sought to instill an appreciation for the environment, global perspectives, empathy, cultural competencies and the ability to persevere. A curriculum that includes sailing on Biscayne Bay, a student body with students from around the Americas and world, and a well-traveled faculty have been hallmarks at Ransom Everglades.

    Three decades before Harkness tables arrived at Exeter, Paul Ransom instructed students in the Pagoda through the close readings of texts and, in 1955, Marie and Ed Swenson opened the Everglades School to students of all backgrounds. Student-centered, discussion-based learning built on a pedagogy of inquiry still characterizes Ransom Everglades, whether around tables where literature and historical texts are analyzed or in computer and physics labs where students define problems and create solutions.
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From the Head of School

List of 1 news stories.

  • Head of School Penny Townsend

    The takeaways that last forever

    Penny Townsend
    As I over-indulged on stone crabs at Joe's two Fridays ago with the Fifty Year Club – alums celebrating graduation from the Ransom or Everglades schools 50 years or more ago – the conversations around the lunch tables reminded me of a David Brooks' op-ed published almost exactly five years earlier: "How to Leave a Mark on People."
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Leadership Team

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Stephanie Townsend

    Stephanie "Penny" Townsend 

    Head of School
    305-460-8865
    University of Conneticut - B.A.
    Middlebury College - M.A.
    Bio
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    John King Jr. 

    Associate Head of School, History & Social Sciences Teacher
    305-460-8230
    Emory University - B.A.
    Emory University - M.A.
    Vanderbilt University - Ph.D.
  • Photo of Geoffrey Bennett

    Geoffrey "Geoff" Bennett 

    Chief Financial Officer
    305-460-8851
    Kenyon College - B.A.
    Thunderbird School of Global Management - M.B.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Terry Giffen

    Terry Giffen 

    Acting Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Corey Goff

    Corey Goff 

    Director of Athletics & Physical Education
    305-460-8837
    Susquehanna University - B.A.
    University of Albany - M.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Wendell Graham

    Wendell Graham 74

    Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement
    305-460-8889
    Columbia University - B.A.
    University of Miami - J.D.
    Bio
  • Photo of Melanie Hoffmann

    Melanie Hoffmann 

    Director of Advancement
    305-460-8820
    Hollins College - B.A.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Linda Lawrence

    Linda Lawrence 

    Chief Technology Officer
    305-460-8220
    Louisiana Tech University - B.S.
    Tulane University - M.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Patricia Sasser

    Patricia Sasser 

    Head of the Upper School
    305-460-8854
    University of Virginia - B.A.
    The George Washington University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Photo of Amy Shipley

    Amy Shipley 

    Director of Communications
    305-460-8212
    Princeton University - B.S.E.
    Bio
  • Photo of Karen Thompson

    Karen Thompson 

    Interim Head of the Middle School
    305-460-8824
    University of Virginia - B.A.
    Florida International University - M.S.
    Bio
  • Photo of Amy Zichella

    Amy Zichella 93

    Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
    305-250-6850
    Florida State University - B.A.
    Bio
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.