The New Head of School at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Christopher Hayes admits he became an educator almost by accident. But this “accident” just happened to lead him to a lifelong passion for a career in education. As the new Head of School for Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (after Catherine Ford’s retirement) Mr. Hayes brings 25 years of experience in education, 10 of those years in the classroom as a teacher.
“Education was always emphasized to me growing up,” Mr. Hayes said. “My grandfather worked three jobs during the Depression so my dad could go to college. Hearing those stories growing up, they kind of resonate.”
After graduating from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts in history, Mr. Hayes was offered a Mellon Grant internship in the New Jersey Department of Education. Though a mentor at the time discouraged it, he took a chance on teaching and loved it.
“Sitting with a student who has always hated school and they suddenly look up and say ‘wow! I can do this.’ Being there for that ‘aha’ moment — when you’ve experienced it once”, it is easy to get hooked on it, says Christopher Hayes.
His experiences as a teacher have lead to certain “aha” moments of his own.
“I remember to be respectful of their time and talent and get out of the way,” he said. “I remember how important it is to be supported by administrators when you’re in the classroom.”
Looking ahead to the future, it is too soon to know what his plans for Holy Trinity are. Currently, the school is working on rolling out an Advanced Placement statistics course online.
“Where we go with technology and how it is used to enhance learning will be a very interesting question.”
Mr. Hayes is aware that the bar has been set high. The school had five National Merit finalists last year. The outstanding academics are complemented by great athletics — over 80 percent of students are participating on a team.
“Sadly, other schools are forced to make cuts but students here get to develop mind, body and spirit.”
It is the students and their educational experience that truly matter to Mr. Hayes at the end of the day. “Students deserve our best and anything less than that is unacceptable.”