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Mrs. Kathleen Flaherty Grove, named Head of School in August of 2004, has over 30 years of experience in the education field, both as a teacher and an administrator. She has taught English, designed special programs for gifted students, been a student counselor, and administered a guidance office, and in 1987 she was selected "Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted" in Northern Virginia.
In her most recent position as the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for the Arlington Public Schools, Mrs. Grove supervised curriculum development for all subject areas and developed expertise not only in disciplines such as mathematics and English but also in program areas such as early childhood, English as a second language, technology, and gifted services. She provided curricular leadership to 31 schools, managed a budget of over $21 million, supervised staff development opportunities, administered a remediation and summer school program, and acted as a consultant to the U.S. State Department's Office of Overseas Schools.
Mrs. Grove holds numerous certifications and has attended the College of William and Mary, George Washington University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Virginia. She joined WCDS, attracted by its "combination of a commitment to academic challenge and a nurturing, family-like climate."
Since joining WCDS in 2004, Mrs. Grove has provided a steady hand of seasoned leadership, which has fostered mature growth in all areas of school life, academics, athletics, the arts, and the further professional development of faculty and staff. She is the ever-present morning greeter, spectator , and lunchroom monitor She is fond of saying that when most of her students are in one place at the same time, that is where she wants to be.
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