Head of School at St. Catherine’s School Announces Retirement

Head of School at St. Catherine’s School Announces Retirement

4/30/19—Dr. Terrie Hale Scheckelhoff, who has served as Head of School at St. Catherine’s School since 2012 and as a member of the NCGS Board of Trustees since 2014, recently announced she will retire at the end of the 2019–2020 school year.

“I am grateful that my time at [St. Catherine’s School] is the capstone of my life’s work,” Scheckelhoff said. “Most of all, the girls have filled my heart and given a lift to my step each day. They make me smile, and they model what greatness can look like in our world. I know that they are destined to live with purpose and integrity.”

Under Scheckelhoff’s leadership, St. Catherine’s has flourished locally and nationally, achieving substantial growth, progress, and financial strength. Notable achievements include introducing academic programs such as Girls Innovate Signature Program, increased STEM offerings, Lower School Clubhouse enrichment program, a 4-year/3-counselor College Counseling Model, and a school-wide health and wellness program; growing student enrollment to capacity and increasing students of color enrollment; developing the Center for Early Childhood Education; and renovating and/or building new facilities, including two libraries, a media lab, an innovation lab, maker spaces, Center for Early Childhood Education, and Phase 1 of the southern third of the campus.

“In addition to her intelligence, thought leadership, and insatiable energy, Terrie is an outstanding role model for girls and young women,” said Herbert A. Claiborne III, Chair of St. Catherine’s Board of Governors. “She has touched the hearts of many—from the youngest child in Early Learners to the oldest alumna—with her warmth, positivity, enthusiasm, and collaborative nature. Needless to say, we will miss her dearly.”