February 22, 2013
Penny Bach Evins is named the new head of school at St. Paul's School for Girls. Currently the head of the Lower School at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mrs. Evins is an exceptional educator who has served for the last 18 years in leadership roles at several independent schools. She has been cited by her colleagues for both her professionalism and educational expertise.
SPSG Board President the Hon. Judith C. Ensor '79 calls Mrs. Evins "an exceptional role model for our girls: a skillful, confident, and experienced school administrator; a dynamic personality; and a strategic leader, highly regarded in the independent school landscape."
Mrs. Evins is the tenth head of St. Paul's School for Girls. She will succeed Lila B. Lohr, who is currently serving as the Interim Head of School. While she plans to visit SPSG this spring, Mrs. Evins officially assumes her Head of School duties on July 1, 2013.
"To serve as St. Paul's School for Girls next Head of School is an exceptional and rare opportunity," says Mrs. Evins. "The school's Episcopal heritage, commitment to educating girls for the global world, preeminent faculty and facilities allow for growth and excellence on every level. These traits, combined with the opportunity to partner with St. Paul's School, create endless opportunities for signature programs that will benefit students at both schools. It is with great enthusiasm that my family looks forward to joining SPSG, SP, and the greater Baltimore community."
At Isidore Newman, Mrs. Evins has headed up the school's 400-student lower division for five years. During her tenure, she created innovative academic programs, transformed the lower school curriculum, advocated for teachers, and introduced the "Newman Way,” character education that built on the traditional Newman core values of honesty, kindness, respect, and responsibility. Last year she brought national attention to Newman and the "Newman Way" by hosting the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education conference at Newman.
Previous to her work at Newman, Mrs. Evins honed her skills at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, and The Webb School in Knoxville, Tennessee. At The Lovett School, she was actively involved as a consultant for strategic planning and admissions, and she served as counselor/administrator for approximately 450 students in grades 6-8. At The Webb School, she counseled students in grade 9-12 and served concurrently in 1997-1998 as middle school head.
A native of New Orleans, Mrs. Evins attended Isidore Newman and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, in Connecticut. She received a B.A. in English and an M.Ed. in counselor education from the University of Virginia. Mrs. Evins is married and the mother of two children. Husband Sam, son Sam (9), and daughter June Friend (7) are excited to be moving to the SPSG campus. The family will reside at Ivywood.