Garcia selected for NAIS fellowship for aspiring school heads

Posted February 21, 2013

The Webb School Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life James Garcia has been selected for a 2013-2014 National Association of Independent Schools’ Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads.

The NAIS program’s goal is “to support the professional development of exceptional and qualified individuals in independent schools who demonstrate excellence in leadership, a passion for their work, and aspiration to become a head of school.”

“It is an honor to have this opportunity to grow as a professional,” said Garcia. “I am grateful to The Webb School for supporting me during this process and throughout my educational career.”

As part of the program, Garcia has selected David Braemer, head of school at Ensworth School in Nashville, as his mentor for the fellowship. Both will attend the NAIS Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Feb. 27-March 1. At the conference, Garcia will attend a special workshop for fellows and then participate in a suggested track of workshops. He also will participate in the 2013 Aspiring Heads Institute for Fellows in July at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta. Several assessments will be completed by Garcia and others on his behalf in preparation for the institute. Garcia also will design and complete a school leadership project at Webb and will have meetings and interact with Ray Broadhead, Webb head of school, the Board of Trustees, business manager, director of development and academic dean to fulfill fellowship requirements. Participants are also encouraged to meet with the directors of admissions, technology and college counseling during the program.

“This is a great honor for James, and Webb is happy to support him,” said Broadhead. “We want to attract strong leaders to Webb, who will have the opportunity to grow here. James has done just that, and this program will strengthen his leadership skills.”

Garcia graduated in 2000 from Green Mountain College in Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts. He completed a Master of Education in 2010 at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville. Garcia joined Webb as a sixth grade program intern in 2000. In 2001, he was hired as an English teacher. He became director of residential life in 2007 and in 2012 was also named as the dean of students. During his tenure at Webb, he has served as a basketball and softball coach.

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