The Episcopal School of Dallas is pleased to announce that Donna Hull has agreed to serve as interim Head of Upper School effective July 1, 2012. The school has elected to take this approach to staffing in order to allow ESD's next Head of School to participate in a future search. Amy Henderson, who currently teaches physics, chemistry, and forensics, will assume Dr. Hull’s responsibilities as Chair of the Science Department. These additions will allow Erin Mayo to focus exclusively on her new responsibilities as Assistant Head of School for Academics.
“This is great news as we move forward into the post-founding era of the school,” says Father Swann, Founding Rector and Headmaster. “We are grateful to Ms. Mayo for wearing two mission-critical hats for the school as we thoughtfully consider the best options for the community today and tomorrow. We are equally pleased to name Dr. Hull and Mrs. Henderson to leadership roles as they are tremendous representatives of our talented faculty and staff. We are confident these appointments will serve our students and school community very well.”
As Assistant Head of School for Academics, Ms. Mayo coordinates the design and delivery of the school’s academic program, Beginner-12. She is most immediately charged with spearheading research and selection of a new Upper School master schedule, action planning in response to major recommendations emerging from ESD’s January 2012 10-year accreditation report, and articulation of teaching and learning priorities for the Episcopal School of Dallas as a whole. She is also responsible for supervising the recruitment, nurture, and retention of exceptional faculty, overseeing the work of department chairs and division heads, and supporting the Headmaster as necessary, serving as Acting Head when he is absent.
Dr. Donna Hull is entering her eleventh year at the Episcopal School of Dallas. As interim Head of Upper School, Dr. Hull will be responsible for guiding the Upper School experience, which encompasses academics, extracurriculars, community life, and college placement. Having begun her career as a university researcher, she began at ESD as a Middle School biology teacher and student advisor, and was named Chair of the Science Department in 2004. Her duties have included further developing and enhancing ESD’s Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) curriculum across all grade levels; teaching a variety of Middle and Upper School science courses, including earth science, chemistry, oceanography, and geology; serving as a seventh-grade advisor; and supporting global education by playing an active role in ESD’s India Exchange Program. Dr. Hull is instrumental in the advancement of ESD’s hands-on science curriculum, as programmatically demonstrated in ESD’s solar-powered Geodesic Growing Dome and integrated studies at Wolf Run Outdoor Education Center. Additionally, Dr. Hull co-sponsors the Middle School Science Team and the Green Team and serves on the Curriculum Council, the Technology Committee, and ABC, a team of faculty, administrators, and staff who help students find solutions to overcome academic and emotional struggles. Prior to coming to ESD, Dr. Hull’s professional roles have included biology teacher at the Jakarta International School; lecturer and research scientist at The University of Texas, Dallas; science instructor at North Lake College and Richland College; research consultant and biostratigrapher for ARCO; and shipboard scientist in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea and Arctic Ocean. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, Biology-Geology, from the University of Rochester. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy, Geosciences, from The University of Texas, Dallas. In 2003, Dr. Hull was certified in education technology integration by Penn State University.
As Chair of the Science Department and in addition to classroom responsibilities, Amy Henderson will oversee ESD’s science curriculum and instruction beginning July 2012. She is currently a member of the Upper School science faculty and very active in student and community life, including faculty advisor for Student Council, a mentor for SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and a member of number of vital committees, including the Upper School Admission Committee. She has been instrumental in the development of new coursework, including the new offering of Introduction to Psychology, and the popular Forensic Chemistry, which she created along with colleague Steve Rooney. In December 2012, Mrs. Henderson will have earned her Masters of Education Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Texas, Arlington. Named a “University Scholar,” she graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Education, with a minor in psychology and mathematics. Prior to ESD, Mrs. Henderson was the MRI Director at the Neurology Consultants of Dallas. While an undergraduate, she was a general chemistry teaching assistant, a member of the Golden Key, Order of Omega, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Societies, president of the Mustang Link Ambassadors, and an officer for Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Mrs. Henderson remains an active alumna of Ursuline Academy and is a gifted pianist.
The Episcopal School of Dallas is fortunate to have such dedicated and qualified leadership, faculty, and staff.