I am most grateful to Ms. Lisa Mumme, president of the school board and head of the search committee, and the members of the search committee: Camile DuBose, Joy Jechow, Kristin Light, and Lory Zimmerman. They served with dedication to the school and trust that God would provide. The school board accepted the search committee’s recommendation of Ms. Chisum and the vestry gave its approval last week.
All believe that Ms. Chisum is the right person to continue and build on the good work of Ms. Watkins. Ms. Chisum has nearly twenty years of experience with elementary and early childhood education. She holds certificates in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Reading, and Elementary Self-Contained. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Technology.
Our conversations with her revealed her passion for both students and teachers, and a joyful excitement about St. Philip’s and its future. When asked about her new position she said, “I am excited and honored to become a part of the St. Philip’s family as the new head of school. I cannot wait to get started making preparations for the 17-18 school year. I attended St. Philip’s as a child and have so many happy memories of my early learning. I am proud to say that St. Philip’s Episcopal School is still raising happy children and look forward to being a part of this continuing tradition!”
Thanks be to God. Please keep Ms. Chisum, Ms. Watkins, and the school in your prayers.