3/6/18—The Board of Trustees at The Girls’ School of Austin (GSA) recently announced the appointment of Cathleen Eclarinal as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2019.
Eclarinal brings extensive experience with independent schools and comes to GSA from Hyde Park in Austin, where she has been serving as head of the lower and middle schools for the past five years. Her expertise lies in the field of social emotional learning (SEL). During her time as a faculty member at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, she created, designed, and led the community through the development and strategic implementation of a signature SEL approach, transforming the academic community. Under her leadership, St. Andrew’s SEL program grew from a lower school initiative to comprehensive integration in grades 1 through 12.
Eclarinal said of her appointment, “I believe education must be challenging and meaningful, engaging students to think well beyond the doors of the classroom where endless possibilities await. Navigating today’s ever-changing world requires our students to become authentic leaders who know who they are and what they stand for, and who define success on their own terms. At the heart of this leadership is teaching students to own their learning, embrace their strengths, grow from their failures, and develop the resilience they need to ultimately live confident lives of purpose and impact… The Girls’ School has a rich and unique culture, and I look forward to listening to the community to discover that culture and how best I can lead it.”