Leadership Institute Grads Appointed to Headships in Friends Schools

Exciting news this month as Friends Council on Education learns that two graduates of FCE’s Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools (IELFS), Melissa Carroll, and Chris Kimberly, have been appointed to headship positions in Friends schools! And, a current IELFS participant, Meredith Godley,  has been appointed to an associate headship position. Congratulations to these leaders in Friends education!

Melissa Carroll, IELFS Graduate 2013, has been appointed the new head of Princeton Friends School in Princeton New Jersey effective July 1, 2020. Melissa is described as a “deeply centered, enlightened leader who brings to PFS extensive experience as a Quaker school teacher and administrator.” She taught in both the lower and middle schools at Newtown Friends and was Assistant Head of School at Buckingham Friends before her current position in Allentown, PA. A School Committee member described Melissa as having “the whole PFS-Quaker-Zen presence,” and members of Princeton Monthly Meeting professed that they could hear the Spirit behind Melissa’s words. Melissa’s partner Thomas serves as the Director of Technology at Newtown Friends School. Melissa replaces Angela DeGraff who served as interim head for 2019-2020 school year.


Chris Kimberly, FCE Board member and IELFS Graduate 2011, has now been appointed head of Friends Meeting School in Ijamsville, Maryland effective July 1, 2020. For over a decade, Chris Kimberly has tirelessly worked to develop and improve Moorestown Friends School in his roles as Upper School Director (2009-12) and Associate Head of School/Academic Dean (2012-present). In announcing about Chris’ appointment, head of Moorestown Friends School Julia de la Torre writes, “Chris’ calm, thoughtful demeanor is a benefit in any setting. He is an exceptionally good listener and is adept at ascertaining and summarizing the sense of the room. He has served as a role model for countless students, faculty, and staff. When you discuss practicing and living a life based on Quaker values, there is no better example than Chris.” Outside of MFS, Chris serves on the Board of the Friends Council on Education (since 2013) and Friends School Mullica Hill (since 2010). He has also taught countless workshops on a national level for educators new to Friends schools.

Meredith Godley, a member of IELFS Cohort of 2019-2021, will become Associate Head of Moorestown Friends School in Moorestown, New Jersey. Upper School Director Meredith Godley will transition to the position of Associate Head of School and Academic Dean, effective July 1. Meredith will replace Chris Kimberly who was appointed Head of School at Friends Meeting School in Maryland. In announcing Meredith’s new role to the MFS community, head of school Julia de la Torre writes, “A leader of the highest caliber, Meredith brings incredible integrity, clarity, vision, and joy to her work at Moorestown Friends School. With extensive experience in Friends education, she is a keen listener and a seasoned expert at bringing disparate views together around a common goal. Meredith is a wonderful advocate for students, especially tuned into how young people navigate their busy lives, and how we as a school can best support them in their growth and development.”  Meredith is a graduate of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, where she was the student government president. She is currently enrolled in the Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools through the Friends Council on Education. This selective, two-year program supports leaders nationally as they hone their skills and contribute in new ways to their Friends school communities.

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