David Feldman Named Head of The Roeper School
December 12, 2011
The Roeper School, a nationally recognized school for gifted and talented students, announced the appointment of David Feldman of Kalamazoo, Michigan, as Head of School, effective July 1, 2012.
Feldman comes to Roeper from the Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School in Kalamazoo, where he serves as Head of School.
Roeper Board Chair Steve Milbeck said Feldman’s selection came at the conclusion of an extensive national search with unanimous support by the Board of Trustees.
“We were fortunate to have a number of highly qualified candidates who were drawn to Roeper’s rigorous academic environment, its mission of serving the unique needs of gifted children, and its vision of genuine personalized education,” Milbeck said. “David brings an exceptional range of administrative and teaching experience to Roeper. The search committee and the board were impressed by David’s experience, collaborative approach, vision and the enthusiasm he has for Roeper’s philosophy and mission.”
“I felt a very profound agreement in David’s way of working with children and his belief in cooperative decision-making,” said Annemarie Roeper, who co-founded the school in 1941 with her husband, George, and now lives in Oakland, California. “I am looking forward to his leadership at Roeper with great confidence and with excitement for the new chapter in the life of Roeper.”
“David’s selection as our new Head puts Roeper in a very strong position to grow in the next century as an educational institution committed to creating a nurturing learning environment for each individual child within a diverse student body of gifted and talented students,” said Milbeck.
Feldman’s strong background in progressive education is closely aligned with the educational approach established by the Roepers 70 years ago. “The foundational value placed on being child-centered and developmentally attuned is what drew me to The Roeper School,” Feldman said. “I was so taken by the responsible strength of voice demonstrated by the students.”
Feldman has been Head of Arbetter-Kazoo School since 2007. Prior to that he served as the Head of Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut and as the Middle School Principal of the University of Chicago Lab Schools. Feldman has a law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He received an E.E. Ford Fellowship in 2003 to be part of the inaugural class of the NAIS Educational Leadership Program. Reflective of his belief in schools as part of the larger world, Feldman has been tapped for community leadership associations in both Kalamazoo and New Haven. In Chicago, he served for more than a decade mentoring college students interested in teaching careers through the Golden Apple Foundation, which also recognized him for excellence in teaching in 1996. He and his wife, Elane, have two grown children.
Feldman will succeed Randall Dunn, who served as Head from 2004 until 2011, and Philip Deely who is currently serving as Interim Head of School.
“From my first visit to Roeper I felt a strong attraction to the people and the work being done at The Roeper School,” said Feldman. “I look forward to working in a successful partnership with the Roeper community on behalf of the children of The Roeper School.”
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Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan. With campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan, Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds.