Sunday, October 23, 2005

A Third Finalist is Announced

On Saturday, Deerfield announced that Margarita Curtis, Dean of Studies at Andover, is under consideration to become Deerfield's next head of school. She was scheduled to arrive on campus this evening with her husband and will be at Deerfield until Tuesday morning. Here is what I have been able to learn from the Andover website:

Margarita Curtis, a native of Cali, Colombia, immigrated to the United States to attend high school. As a student at Tulane University majoring in French, she spent her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. She received a B.A. degree from Tulane, a B.S. degree from Mankato State University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. Her award-winning dissertation on Benito Perez Galdos was published in Spain in 1996. Curtis was awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for four consecutive years by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University, where she taught before coming to Andover.

Curtis joined PA’s Spanish faculty in 1986 and was named head of the Division of World Languages in 1997. In 2004 she was selected to be dean of studies and a member of the eight person Dean's Council at Andover.