Laurie Vennes Appointed as Lower School Director
The Bryn Mawr School is pleased to announce the appointment of Laurie Vennes to the position of Lower School Director, effective July 1, 2017. She will succeed Pat Nothstein, who will retire at the end of this academic year, marking 33 years of service to Bryn Mawr.
Laurie currently serves as the Director of Winchester Thurston School’s North Hills campus, a private co-educational school for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in Pittsburgh, PA. She joined Winchester Thurston in July 2013, having previously worked as a classroom teacher for 21 years in both public and private elementary schools, most recently at The Lexington School in Lexington, Kentucky. Throughout her teaching career, Laurie has focused her energy on exploring the role of technology and environmental awareness in Lower School classrooms. She has served on the Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS) Accreditation Team and has been a national trainer for the Safe and Civil Schools program. Laurie holds a B.A in elementary education and an M.A. in school administration, both from the University of Kentucky.
“In a field of talented candidates from across the country, Laurie is the clear fit for Bryn Mawr with her enthusiasm for a warm and supportive school community, passion for elementary education, as well as her strong belief in our school’s mission, traditions, and culture,” said Headmistress Maureen E. Walsh. “We look forward to welcoming Laurie and her family to the Bryn Mawr community.”
Laurie remarked that Bryn Mawr’s traditions, the impressive engagement and respect of students, and the Mawrtian pride evident among students, faculty, and parents are what stood out to her about Bryn Mawr. She is eager for the opportunity to work with and empower young women.
Bryn Mawr’s Lower School Director Search Committee, made up of parents, faculty, alumnae, and trustees, worked with the firm Carney Sandoe & Associates on the search, which attracted a talented pool of national candidates.