New Head of School – Press Release
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Good Shepherd School in Purcellville, Virginia Hires First Full-Time Head of School
Taps National Leader to Strengthen Flourishing Local School
PURCELLVILLE, VA, June 24, 2019—Good Shepherd School in Purcellville, Virginia has hired Kimberly Martin Begg, Esq., a national leader with more than 20 years of professional experience at educational organizations, as its first full-time head of school. Good Shepherd School (GSS) was founded in 2016, and currently provides Montessori and Classical education for pre-K through 8th grade.
“We are honored to have attracted a candidate of Kimberly’s caliber—with national leadership experience, exemplary character built upon Christ 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,” said Chris McKenna, president of the board of directors. “We look forward to working with Kimberly to strengthen the school and serve more families in western Loudoun County as we enter our next growth phase, which includes a permanent campus and a high school.”
Mrs. Begg 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, Mrs. Begg 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.
Mrs. Begg 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. Mrs. Begg 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.
Good Shepherd School is at a critical phase in its growth. GSS has grown at a rapid rate—10 to 75 students in just three years—as its unique model of education (it is the only Montessori and Classical school in Loudoun County in the Catholic tradition) clearly resonated with families living in western Loudoun County. The school plans to expand the classical program to ninth grade by fall of 2020, with a goal of 250 total enrollment through 12th grade, by the year 2025. Currently located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcellville, GSS plans to build a permanent campus in western Loudoun County.
Mrs. Begg attributes the rapid growth of Good Shepherd School to its clear educational philosophy and mission, excellent teaching faculty, and relationship-first approach that its founders adopted from day one. “Good Shepherd School is part of a growing movement of Montessori and classical education that recognizes that children at a young age are capable of independent learning, sophisticated intellectual pursuits, and heroic virtue,” she said. “The next few years will be exciting! I’m honored to lead the school as we strengthen the existing program, open a high school, and build a permanent campus, to set more young people on the path to grow in faith, wisdom and joy throughout their lives.”
For more information, please visit https://goodshepherdschoolva.com or contact Chris McKenna at (703) 554-5514 or Kimberly Begg at (703) 507-9999.