Ransom Everglades announced the creation of two new deanships and an administrative post for the 2019-20 school year that are designed to enhance the student experience, supporting curricular innovation and focusing on the emotional and social needs of RE’s middle schoolers.
Pete DiPace, the Middle School Dean of Students, will assume the new position of Assistant Head of the Middle School for Student Life; and faculty members Greg Cooper and Doreen Johnson will take on new Deans of Studies positions at the Upper School and Middle School, respectively.
DiPace will replace departing Assistant Head of the Middle School Shelly Stamler, who retired in June 2019 after 16 years at RE, while taking on additional responsibilities. DiPace, who has served for eight years as Dean of Students, will assist in the operation of the middle school and help launch an increased emphasis on student life, striving to expand programming that addresses students’ wellbeing and maintains a positive school culture.
Cooper, the Dean of the Senior Class, and Johnson, a middle school history and social sciences faculty member, will support curricular and pedagogical development at Ransom Everglades. They will help coordinate the academic programs on both campuses, working to ensure innovation, collaboration, interconnection and integration across grade levels, while also supporting students as they navigate their way through the curriculum.
“These three new positions illustrate our commitment to strengthening our curriculum at all levels and ensuring continued attention to the intellectual, emotional and social growth of our student body,” said Head of School Penny Townsend. “Mr. DiPace, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Cooper will help us continue to ensure that our students are prepared in every way to handle the growing challenges in our complex world.”
DiPace, who prior to his arrival to RE worked in private practice as an attorney, earned his JD from St. Thomas University and is working on his Doctor of Education at Northeastern University. Johnson previously worked at Durham Academy in Durham, N.C.; the Lindop School in Broadview, Ill.; and other schools. She earned her BA from DePaul University and M. Ed. from Harvard University.
Cooper previously taught at the Center for Ethics & Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law; and Avon Old Farms School. He earned his BA from Brown and JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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 mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. 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.