Dear Miami Valley School Community,

It is with both gratitude and excitement that I write to you today on my first day as the seventh head of The Miami Valley School.

Since my first visit to campus last February, the welcome from this community has been warm and genuine. From the first moment when a first grader held the door for me on my first visit, to a later visit to the school on Immersion Night where upper school students shared their unique stories of self-guided exploration, it is clear that MVS is a school that lives its mission and its core values in all it does. As an educator in independent schools for thirty years, it was clear to me immediately that the joy in learning at MVS is deeply embedded in the culture of the school. I can’t think of a better place to call home, and I can’t wait to see it all in action in the new school year!

Although the campus is buzzing now with summer renovations, projects, summer camps and programs, there is much already in place for an exciting school year including preparation for our ISACS accreditation visit this fall. More communication about this and other aspects of the new year will follow from me and the administrative team toward the end of the summer.

Over the next few weeks, I will be settling into my new home in Dayton, spending time in individual meetings with every member of the faculty and staff, meeting with the administrative team and Board of Trustees, and participating in the NAIS New Heads Institute in Atlanta from July 16-22. I hope to have the opportunity to meet families informally over the summer and look forward to more formal gatherings at the start of the school year.

This is an important inflection point in the history of The Miami Valley School, and I am thrilled to be a part of it as we celebrate our 54th year. I can’t wait to begin and to meet all of you!

In the meantime, I wish you a restful summer and look forward to an exciting year together.


Elizabeth F. Cleary

Head of School