On Friday, December 9, MVS Board President Radha Reddy ’90 announced the hiring of David Long as MVS’ eighth Head of School. Mr. Long will begin his tenure on July 1, 2023, succeeding current Head of School Elizabeth F. Cleary.

Mr. Long comes to MVS from The Galloway School in Atlanta, where he currently serves as Assistant Head of School. He has also worked at Louisville Collegiate School, where he served as Upper School Dean of Students, Department Chair, Assistant Head of Upper School, and then Head of Upper School. Mr. Long holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Grove City College, an M.A. in U.S. History from Duquesne University, an M.Ed in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University, and is currently enrolled to earn his Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the hiring and retention of faculty and staff of color in independent schools.

In a statement to the community, Mr. Long wrote, “I was initially drawn to MVS by the school’s commitment to the Immersion Method to educate the whole child in a diverse and supportive community. While on campus, I fell further in love with the school, as I could see and feel how each community member lived out the school’s mission daily, and I could picture my own children thriving in the classrooms. I am humbled and excited to be the eighth Head of School at MVS, and look forward to partnering with the community to move MVS forward while holding true to our core values of integrity, grit, celebration, and kindness.”

MVS looks forward to welcoming David Long, his wife Claire, and their three children to Dayton in 2023.

A full announcement can be read on MVS’ Head of School Search homepage. 

The Miami Valley School earned another educational accolade in the 2022 Greater Dayton Nonprofit Awards from Dayton Magazine, being recognized with the Best Gifted Education Award. This accomplishment also brought congratulations in the form of a proclamation from the Ohio House of Representatives and Representative Tom Young, who wrote “This is a remarkable achievement, and it provides an ideal time to honor the exceptional work done by The Miami Valley School…All those associated with The Miami Valley School, including its head of school, Elizabeth F. Cleary, have distinguished themselves as diligent and devoted ambassadors for the organization, and they merit praise for reminding us of the dramatic difference that initiative, integrity, and perseverance can make in our society.” Congratulations to the entire MVS community!

MVS sixth grader Geo Cardona-Jones has been named a 2022 Dayton Business Journal “5 Under 25” Young Innovator! At age 11, Geo is the youngest person to receive this recognition.

Geo is the CEO of 1Love LLC, which supports acts of kindness around the Dayton area. Way to go, Geo!

On September 27, Niche.com released their 2023 Best Schools rankings, with MVS earning top honors as the #1 overall high school in the Dayton region as well as the #1 private high school and #1 private K-12 school. MVS also earned distinction as Dayton’s #1 school for STEM programs, #1 school for college preparation, and #1 private school for best teachers.

Niche, a Pittsburgh-based data company, compiles its Best Schools list based on academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education; teacher salaries and rankings; racial and economic diversity; and surveys from Niche users, among other metrics.

On August 10, 2022, Head of School Elizabeth F. Cleary announced that she would depart MVS after the 2022-2023 academic year. MVS has retained the services of search firm Educators’ Collaborative to assist in the process of finding MVS’ next leader.
The MVS Head of School Search Committee has been formed to assist Educators’ Collaborative in this important and exciting work.  To learn more about the Head of School Search, including opportunities to make your voice heard, please click below.

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The Miami Valley School is proud to announce that Lindsey Roeth, the school’s incoming Director of College Counseling, has been recognized as a 2022 “Forty Under 40” honoree by the Dayton Business Journal. This annual list honors Dayton’s brightest young professionals in a variety of industries.

Mrs. Roeth began her tenure at MVS in 2015 as a member of the upper school History & Social Science faculty. She holds a master’s degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in History and International Relations from the University of Dayton, where she competed on both the cross country and track teams. Before coming to MVS, Mrs. Roeth taught in Beirut, Lebanon, where she leveraged her background in Arabic, International Studies, and History. At MVS, Mrs. Roeth has served on a number of committees, from hiring and strategic planning to the Teacher Assessment and Growth Working Group, which has led efforts to significantly transform the school’s teacher evaluation process.

As a student-centered educator with a proven track record of leadership and lifelong learning as well as a coach to students both in and outside of the classroom, Mrs. Roeth continues a tradition of individualized college counseling that sets MVS apart from any other school in the region. MVS congratulates Lindsey Roeth on her status as a 2022 Forty Under 40 Honoree! 

MVS has recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with two 2022 Circle of Excellence AwardsThe school’s advancement department was honored with two national awards, earning a Silver Award in the Annual/Regular Giving Campaigns category and Bronze Award in the Special Events/Online Fundraisers category. 

The Silver Award in Annual/Regular Giving was given for MVS’ fall 2021 Annual Fund campaign, “The MVS Annual Fund Allows Us To Say YES!” This multi-level campaign included a series of educational and promotional videos filmed by Dayton-area videographers Agape Media, as well as live experiences, email marketing, and phone campaigns. CASE judges praised the campaign’s data-driven approach to guide messaging, as well as the variety of videos and integrated solicitations.

The Bronze Award in Special Events/Online Fundraisers was given for MVS’ 2021 “Un-Gala,” themed “Outside the Box.” When the pandemic forced last year’s MVS Annual Gala to an online format, MVS responded with an innovative event that included at-home bidding over multiple days, take-home Party Boxes, a digital program designed by Dayton-area business Oregon Printing, and a Big Night livestream auction, again filmed by Dayton’s Agape Media. CASE judges commented, “The variety of party packs, auction items that emphasized experience rather than things, and the overall event theme celebrated the perseverance and resilience of [the MVS] school community.”

CASE’s Circle of Excellence Awards are the premier recognition program for educational advancement. These peer-selected and adjudicated awards honor colleges, universities, and schools worldwide whose talented staff have advanced their organizations with resourcefulness and ingenuity.  

“Our CASE Circle of Excellence Awards celebrate the creative, resourceful, and innovative ways advancement professionals around the globe champion their institutions’ success,” says CASE President and CEO Sue Cunningham. “Advancement has never been more important to support and strengthen education. These 2022 Circle of Excellence recipients—from institutions and teams of all sizes and shapes, from regions across the world—showcase how advancement empowers teaching and learning, ignites institutional progress, and helps communities thrive. I hope you take the opportunity to explore these award winners and become inspired.”

In 2022, CASE received more than 4,500 entries from 636 institutions in nearly 30 countries. Of those, volunteer judges 626 exemplary entries for bronze, silver, gold, or Grand Gold recognition. 

Winners were selected based on several factors, including overall quality, innovation, use of resources and the impact on the institution or its external and internal communities, such as alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff. 

Congratulations to the MVS upper school quiz bowl team, who finished seventh in the 2022 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT)! The event, which was held in Chicago, Illinois on April 23-24, featured 55 teams from 25 states. The MVS team was comprised of Lakshmi Jain ’22, Andrew Holzinger ’23, Arshaan Kahlon ’24, Caroline Shoup ’24, and Ben Dannemiller ’25.

During Saturday’s prelims, MVS won 8 of their 10 games, earning the 8th seed in the 25-team double-elimination playoffs. On Sunday, MVS defeated Treasure Valley (Boise, ID) 255-200 and Tower Hill (Wilmington, DE) 340-220 before a 230-355 loss to top-seeded St. Mark’s School of Texas A (Dallas) dropped them to the bottom bracket. MVS bounced back with a 360-190 win over St. Paul Academy (MN) before falling 275-355 in a tight battle with third-seeded Toledo School for the Arts (OH).

Team captain Andrew Holzinger was named a Tournament All-Star for finishing in the top ten individual scorers, tallying 69.50 points per game in the prelim rounds.

Way to go, team!

The Miami Valley School is proud to announce the MVS Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2022:


The Miami Valley School Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2004 to honor former MVS athletes who participated in an outstanding way in interscholastic athletics during their high school years. To be eligible, a student must have played one or more sports for MVS and must have graduated 10 + years before the date of their selection.  Also considered for the Hall of Fame are coaches, athletic directors and others who have served a significant role in the MVS athletic program.

The Miami Valley School is proud to announce that James Patchett ’98 has been selected as MVS’ Distinguished Alumnus for 2022.

James is the CEO of A&E Real Estate in New York City. He has previously served as President & CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Chief of Staff in the New York City Mayor’s Office, and Vice President of the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

For 18 years, The Miami Valley School has honored a former student as its Distinguished Alumnus or Alumna.  Nominations are made by members of the MVS community and awards are given to accomplished and self-sustaining alumni who are compassionate global citizens.

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