Eagle Hill School Announces New Head of School

The Board of Trustees of Eagle Hill School announced on Friday that Gretchen Larkin will be the new permanent Head of School of Eagle Hill School.

This announcement is the culmination of an extensive search, reviewing numerous highly qualified candidates from schools throughout the United States in partnership with search consultants at RG175.

Ms Larkin will succeed Interim Head of School Jim Heus on July 1, 2023.

“While visiting our campus, Gretchen demonstrated that she is a dynamic and engaging leader,” said Patty Murphy, Chair of Eagle Hill’s Board of Trustees. “Her personal and professional experiences, as well as the time spent with members of our community, confirm her passion for the mission of Eagle Hill School. The Board is looking forward to working with Gretchen to build on Eagle Hill’s reputation as a national leader in LD education.”

Larkin has extensive experience in school leadership as well as in the classroom.

She is in her 8th year serving as the Head of School at Charles River School, a PK-8 school in Dover, Massachusetts.

During her time as the leader at Charles River School, Larkin created a new multi-age model for delivering early childhood education, oversaw a comprehensive strategic plan, increased enrollment, reduced attrition, and led a record-breaking capital campaign.

Prior to leading Charles River School, Larkin served in a variety of roles in some of the leading independent schools in greater Boston, as well as teaching positions at Brunswick School in Greenwich and Windward School in White Plains, NY.

Larkin holds an M.A.T. degree with honors from Manhattanville College as well as a bachelor’s degree in French from Lake Forest College. She is a graduate of Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, and is excited to return to her hometown with her husband, Bill, a native of Darien.

“I cannot remember a time that I have been as excited as I am at this moment -being named Eagle Hill School’s 5th head of school is a dream come true,” Larkin said in a release on Friday. “The future is bright for this amazing school that quite literally transforms the lives of children and their families.”