Gahanna resident Kay Mason has been selected as head of the lower school at Columbus Academy.
She worked as a teacher at the academy for 22 years prior to serving as interim head of the lower school this school year, guiding the daily operations for a division that includes pre-kindergarten through grade 4.
"I am thrilled to be a part of this dynamic lower school, filled with collaborative educators who care deeply about children and educating young minds," said Mason, who joined the academy's faculty in 1991. "I am committed to continue leading the lower school in its tradition of excellence, educating the whole child: mind, body and character."
With the assistance of a search consultant from the firm of Carney Sandoe & Associates, Columbus Academy chose Mason over a pool of candidates, with four of them visiting the campus for one-day interviews and three returning for follow-up visits.
"The selection of Kay is the result of an inclusive international search process involving faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and other administrators," said Melissa Soderberg, the academy's head of school. "Kay has worked in Columbus Academy's lower school as a first- and third-grade teacher for 19 years and in the middle school for three years as a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher, thus bringing tremendous knowledge of the school and its faculty to this position."
Mason is a graduate of Columbus School for Girls, Vanderbilt University (bachelor's degree in communication) and the Ohio State University (master's degree in elementary education). She and her husband, Vincent, are the parents of Gabrielle, a junior at Columbus Academy. Their older daughter, Mycah, attends the University of Akron.