CRMS names new head of school
CARBONDALE – He says his students don’t know it, but Jeff Leahy loves to bake bread. He also loves education. Leahy officially became the new head of school at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale three weeks ago after serving as interim head since the summer. Now that he’s been named the new school chief, Leahy says he plans to stay for a while. He said the high turnover in the head-of-school’s office has caused the school to struggle a bit over the years. “This is a program I believe in and what I believe will benefit from having somebody around for a long period of time,” he said. Leahy explained a bit of his approach to education: Boarding schools such as CRMS now need to focus on instilling values in their students, he said. “People are certainly looking at specific things, not simply education, but to learn important skills, to grow in important ways,” Leahy said. “They’re expecting boarding schools to now fulfill roles now absent in our American culture.”Teaching values to those students should be an important part of the program at CRMS, he said. “The advantage a boarding school has over other academic institutions is that every moment of the day is a teaching opportunity,” Leahy said. Not all CRMS students board there. Forty percent are day students who come from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Leahy was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Eugene, Ore., before graduating from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. He has worked at CRMS since 2000, serving as the dean of residential life and the dean of students. Leahy previously served as an English teacher and head football coach at the Hill School in Pottstown, Penn. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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