New Head of School Announcement

Posted on June 24, 2019

Good Shepherd School Welcomes Kimberly Begg as New Head of School

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Kimberly Martin Begg, Esq. will serve as Good Shepherd School’s new head of school.

Parents and students will have the opportunity to meet Kimberly in the coming weeks at two local events.

It is a testament to what all of us have built together in GSS’ first three years that we were able to attract a candidate of Kimberly’s caliber. She comes to us with more than 20 years of national leadership experience, exemplary character built upon Christ and her Catholic faith as the center of her life, an excellent track record of building healthy and effective relationships, and a strong commitment to Montessori and classical education.

Kimberly has served as a vice president and general counsel of Young America’s Foundation, the Conservative Movement’s largest youth outreach organization.  For nearly 15 years, Kimberly oversaw YAF’s legal department to ensure continued operation in all areas and the protection of students’ free speech rights. She also built the organization’s planned giving program, from 2004 to 2018, spearheading several innovations and generating significant revenue to help inspire young people across the country with conservative ideas.  She continues to serve on YAF’s Board of Directors.

Kimberly has served on the Washington, DC Board of Regents for Thomas Aquinas College since 2014.  She helps raise support for students benefiting from the College’s integrated great books program on Catholic campuses on both coasts—in California and New England.  Kimberly also serves on the Advisory Board of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women, an organization that prepares and promotes conservative women for effective leadership.

Kimberly is a member of the District of Columbia bar.  She earned her Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law (now the Antonin Scalia Law School) and her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.

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Our search has been informed by the challenges that lie ahead of us:

– As the school has grown, the need for a more dedicated, on-site leader has become clear, to provide better support to staff, which will enable us to better serve students in their academic and character development.

– Space for growth is a top challenge. We are a small institution, but with great opportunity for continued growth, fueled by developing a healthy community of students and families centered around a common mission. Many of these families have expressed a strong desire to ensure continuity in the education of their children by adding a full high school program. We need dedicated leadership to help us find our permanent and larger home, sooner rather than later.

– We need financing to keep our offering affordable for families, while providing stronger compensation for our faculty. It was clear from her opening cover letter and throughout the interview process, that Kimberly is completely on the same page with me and the Board of Directors on the primacy of both of these goals of fundraising.

The current administrative and leadership team at Good Shepherd School will remain in place and work with Kimberly’s direction to continue the growth of the school, according to the foundation we have laid.

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Many of you may already know Kimberly, her husband, Ian, and their five children—Charlie, Bryson, Adelyn, Marielle, and Lucia.  The Beggs live in Herndon and are parishioners of Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Great Falls.  They love music and are regular Friday Night Live attendees. Ian hosts a popular rosary group for Catholic men that friends affectionately call Beer and Beads.  (GSS fathers, I can get you an invitation!)  Charlie and Bryson are middle schoolers at The Heights in Potomac.  Both boys play baseball and basketball. Charlie is a skilled chess enthusiast.  Bryson recently started a lawn mowing business and is appreciating the fruits of free enterprise.

Until recently, Kimberly was homeschooling Adelyn, Marielle, and Lucia. We are excited to announce that, beginning in the fall, all three Begg daughters will attend Good Shepherd School!  Students and teachers will enjoy getting to know them, as I have. All three girls enjoy acting and singing.  Adelyn and Marielle will perform in Peter Pan with NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon in July—and Lucia will enthusiastically cheer them on!  During free time at home, the family often finds Adelyn writing poetry and short stories, Marielle riding her bike, and Lucia baking (most of the time with mom!).

We are pleased to invite the families of Good Shepherd School to meet Kimberly and her family at two local events:

 

Tuesday, July 9

6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Corcoran Vineyards in Waterford 

 

Saturday, July 20

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Lovettsville Community Center (pool party)

 

Families should RSVP to chris.mckenna@goodshepherdschoolva.com or kimberly.begg@goodshepherdschoolva.com

Kimberly has written a brief letter of introduction to the families of Good Shepherd School, which you can find here.

We have prepared a press release to notify media of this exciting news, which you can find here.

 

Peace in Christ, the Good Shepherd,

Chris McKenna

President of the Board of Directors