The Village School in Houston will start the 2014-2015 school year off with a new Head of School. Gabriella Rowe comes to Houston from New York City, where she was the third generation Head of School at The Mandell School, which was founded by her grandfather. She was responsible for leading Mandell through its evolution from a well-known early learning center to a highly lauded school with four locations across Manhattan. Gabriella is a widely recognized leader in the education landscape and she consults with top private schools around the country on issues such as curriculum implementation and standards based grading.
Gabriella has consulted with the South Korean Government’s Ministry of Education to build creativity and innovation into the teaching of math and science, led thought-provoking sessions at events such as NBC News’ Education Nation Summit, and shared her insights on the industry through impactful contributed articles in top-tier media outlets such as the Huffington Post. Gabriella is fluent in French, actively involved in her community, a mother of two sons and an avid sports fan, and has a deep passion for music.
When asked what she thinks of her new jobs, Rowe responds, "One of things I love most about being a Head of School is that you get to experience every facet of school life, every day and in so many different ways. To be a great Head of School, you have to stay informed on every level, starting with the classrooms, to better know the teachers and truly understand what it means to be a student in preschool, middle school or high school. That’s why I go into the early childhood classes and sit on the floor and play with blocks, go to the chemistry lab and watch science experiences, listen to conversations in the hallways and sit with students at lunch. I also meet with parents to better understand their fears, hopes and dreams for their children. Then I take all of that, and sit down with my teachers and talk to them about the importance of what they do. As their advocate, I work to ensure they have what they need so they feel supported and protected so they can provide the best possible education experience to children in their home away from home. I also have to be able to step back and see the essence of the school. It’s important to weigh priorities against The Village School’s vision and mission and ensure that every day we are wisely using our resources to educate our students and make them the most successful, well-rounded adults they can possibly be."