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George School Announces Staff Changes

Erin Sio is George School’s new dean of students. (Photo by Bruce Weller)

George School announced a new dean of students, a new senior director of athletics, and a new director of diversity and inclusion for the start of the 2017–2018 school year.

Erin Sio is George School’s new dean of students. Last year, Erin served as an assistant dean of students. She has a wealth of experience at George School as a science teacher, a coach, the head of George School’s former English as a Second Language program, creator and leader of our service trip to South Africa, and co-leader of trips to Brazil and China.

Erin replaces Eric Wolarsky who served as interim dean of students for 2016–2017. “I owe Eric sincere thanks for service last year as interim dean of students in the wake of his predecessor’s sudden resignation in summer 2016,” said Head of School Sam Houser. Eric will return as associate dean.

Pippa Porter Rex will return to the Deans’ Office as senior associate dean.

Jenna Davis ’78, who is also serving as special assistant to the head of school, will be an assistant dean. Also serving as assistant dean this year is Dineo Gaofhiwe-Ingram who comes to George School from Wake Forest University, where she most recently served as study abroad adviser.

Mike Bailey comes to George School as senior director of athletics after an extensive career as a coach, including as head track and field coach at the University of Southern California where he coached and assisted twelve Olympians. He also worked as director of the fitness center and global field camps at Dwight School, and then in the fitness industry where he and former senior director of George School athletics Paul Weiss had been colleagues. Mike replaces Paul who resigned at the end of May to become president of the Oasis Institute in his hometown of St. Louis.

“At the beginning of the summer, Edna Valdepeñas asked to lay down her assignment as George School’s director of diversity and inclusion after her tremendous service in this capacity for the past sixteen years,” said Sam. “Our new Religions Department teacher Marcus Ingram will assume that role this fall.”

Marcus most recently served as associate dean of admissions and director of diversity engagement at Wake Forest University. Marcus and his partner Dineo (mentioned above), with their son Kago, will reside in Upper Drayton dormitory.

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