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 Ereni Gleason Malfa '89

Head of School Announcement

Dear Members of The St. Pauls Schools Community,
 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we take great pleasure in announcing the appointment of Ereni Gleason Malfa 89 as the next Head of School at St. Pauls School for Girls. Ereni comes to us from Roland Park Country School, where she has had an exemplary career as an administrator and faculty member. The Board unanimously supported the Search Committees recommendation of Ereni following an extensive and comprehensive search process, and she will assume the role on July 1, 2019.

 

With the recent unification of the Boards of The St. Pauls Schools, Ereni arrives at an important moment for SPSG. She will join a soon-to-be-appointed President of The St. Pauls Schools and St. Pauls School Headmaster Dave Faus in a coordinated leadership team that will seek to capitalize on the exciting opportunities created by unification. While she is enthusiastic about the chance to help lead the Schools into the next era, as an SPSG alumna, she simultaneously is committed to preserving the girls' schools distinctive culture and traditions.

 

Ereni is a lifelong educator and school administrator with 24 years of distinguished service at RPCS, an independent school for girls in kindergarten through grade 12. She has served as Head of the Upper School since 2011, delivering remarkable results in that time. Among her accomplishments, she strengthened the curriculum, enhanced the visibility of the school, and introduced new programs including a STEM Institute and Foreign Language Certificate. Importantly, she has established a high level of cooperation with The Bryn Mawr School and Gilman School as the primary administrator responsible for facilitating tri-school coordination.

 

In a series of uniformly glowing references, her colleagues described her leadership style as collaborative and open-minded, observing that she fosters an environment of mutual respect and trust among faculty and students alike. The Search Committee was particularly impressed by Erenis conviction that relationships are the foundation for success in an independent school, combined with her focus on cultivating moral development in the school setting—an ethos that aligns nicely with our emphasis on community and our Episcopal values at St. Pauls. Her outspoken support for the all-girls learning environment, together with a track record of forging collaboration with a boys school where it makes the most sense, sealed her candidacy. 

 

Ereni completed her Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University and her Master of Science in Education at the same institution. For her first 17 years at RPCS, she taught Upper School science courses on topics including physics, biology, planetary science, and environmental sustainability. She was Chair of the Science Department for kindergarten through grade 12 and Grade-Level Dean before she was promoted to run an Upper School division of 60 faculty.

 

We would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the Search Committee: Kelly Nocher Riepe 01 (co-chair), Carl Pohlhaus SPS 83 (co-chair), Crystal Edwards ’93, Kathleen Gavin 79, Jim Vlk, Keith Murray, Elise Butler 83, Trish Carroll 76, Suzy Riedel, and Steve Guy. This group invested significant time and energy over the last five months to bring us to this point and we are sincerely grateful.

 

We also would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Penny Evins, our outgoing Head of School, who has left a permanent imprint on SPSG through six years of visionary and transformative leadership. Through the remainder of the school year, we will provide opportunities to honor Penny, who has graciously offered to assist in any way to ensure a smooth transition.

 

Looking ahead to next year, Ereni is "overjoyed to be returning home to SPSG," and you can read the rest of her statement in the section below. Over the coming months, we will share more information about our incoming Head of School and host events to introduce Ereni and her family to our community. For now, please join us in warmly welcoming Ereni, her husband, Todd, and her children, Tommy and Emma, to The St. Pauls Schools community.

 

 

Sincerely,

 
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Joanne Bartlett

President, Board of Trustees
St. Paul's School for Girls

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Elizabeth Robinson

President, Board of Trustees

St. Paul's School

Statement from Ereni Malfa

My years as a student at St. Paul's School for Girls helped shape who I am today. SPSG fostered in me the confidence to take risks. It was in those very classrooms, hallways, and playing fields that I learned the true meaning of respect and integrity. I was challenged to think deeply and act with compassion and empathy.


"I am truly overjoyed to be returning home to SPSG."


In today's complex world, the School's continued commitment to fostering the intellectual curiosity, creativity, and spiritual growth of girls and young women sets its graduates on a path of purpose and meaning. I am deeply honored that the Board of Trustees has placed its faith and trust in me as the next Head of School. I am truly overjoyed to be returning home to SPSG.

 

Sincerely,
Ereni Gleason Malfa ’89

Learn More About Mrs. Malfa

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
I grew up in Howard County. My father worked in D.C., but both sets of grandparents were in Baltimore. When it was time to choose a high school, I knew within minutes of walking through the doors at SPSG that it was the place for me. Two years later, my sister Emily ’91 joined me. After SPSG, I attended Johns Hopkins University, where I studied Earth and Planetary Sciences. No one knows what that is! I like to say it’s the study of rocks and water. In my first few years of teaching, I went back to Hopkins to get my MS in education. I met my husband, Todd, through a mutual friend. Our first baby was our dog, Sienna, adopted from the SPCA. Our son, Tommy (10), loves sports, especially lacrosse. Our daughter, Emma (8), loves art and dance. The most recent addition to our family is Callie, a retired service dog we adopted.

 

What drew you to a career in education?
After I graduated from college, I was working for an environmental policy group at Hopkins and questioning what I wanted to do with my life. Thankfully, I had several good mentors who told me to follow what I loved. Around that time, I had designed a few education programs on environmental issues affecting Maryland, and I realized that what I loved about these projects was teaching and working with people. I decided to go into education and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

What are you most proud of from your time at Roland Park Country School?
I am most proud of the relationships I have built over the years. During my time in the classroom, I believe my success as a teacher came from really knowing my students and responding to their needs. As Upper School Head, my relationships with students, parents, and faculty have been at the heart of all problem-solving and programming.

What excites you about the Head of School role at St. Paul’s School for Girls?
SPSG does a wonderful job of developing bold, confident young women who are ready to take on the world, and this is a seminal time in the school’s history. As a proponent of all-girls education, I am excited to continue the good work already in motion, while at the same time setting a vision for the future of the school in partnership with Jeff Huang, the inaugural President of The St. Paul’s Schools. I see tremendous opportunity in unification and in having the best of both worlds on one campus.

Can you share a fond memory from your time as a student at SPSG?
My former classmates will laugh when they see my response to this question, but my fondest memory is of our sophomore trip, Inner Quest! Before that week in West Virginia, I had never been camping. I discovered so much about myself on that trip, and it was the beginning of my passion for environmental studies. 

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