March 16, 2018
The SCCS board of trustees, along with the head of school search committee, has come to the end of a long search for a head of school candidate. We are thrilled to introduce Michael Treadwell as our new head of school. Michael will begin his role at SCCS on July 1. Abraham Mohler, board president, has this to say:
It is with the giddiness of a child on Christmas morning that I present this news to you, the SCCS community. Our long search is over and we are thrilled with the outcome. Since our school began a decade ago, God has always provided the leadership we have needed for each stage of our development, and now we can see God’s faithfulness in providing Michael Treadwell to champion the mission of South City Community School. Through every step of this process Michael has demonstrated just the sort of leadership abilities that we have been trusting God for in order to lead our school into the future. We stand in humble amazement at our good fortune to have Michael and his family join ours in working together for the long-term sustainability of SCCS. The board of trustees is incredibly excited for the rest of you to meet Michael Treadwell and his beautiful family. The Treadwells will relocate to the St. Louis area at the end of this school year in order for Michael to begin on July 1. Glory be to God!
The SCCS leadership is enthusiastic about Michael’s breadth of experience in the field of education as a classroom instructor, curriculum developer, administrator, and mentor to other teachers. Michael comes to SCCS from Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama, where he is has been dean of grades 9 and 10 since 2014. For three years he taught Spanish at Mountain Brook City Schools in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also served on the district K-12 Spanish and Technology curriculum committees. For five years he taught Spanish at Highlands School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he wrote curriculum and worked on a redesign of the language program. At this time, Michael and his wife were also involved with a Charlotte Mason school during its beginning stages.
Michael holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Samford University and an M.A. in Secondary Spanish Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a language specialist he has served as a language instructor, curriculum developer, consultant, and interpreter. He also brings organizational leadership development expertise as an adjunct associate with Go Innovation, a leadership and human development firm that has worked in over thirty-five countries.
As a school that is intentional about cultivating diversity in our student body and serving under-resourced families, we are impressed with Michael’s extensive experience in cross-cultural settings, as well as his experience working with children beyond the walls of the classroom. For five years, Michael served with Mission to the World in Ethiopia, where he was the orphans and vulnerable children project manager for SIM Ethiopia. He also accompanied medical providers in Peru as a language interpreter during the summer of 2004. For two summers he served as camp director for the Briarwood Presbyterian Church Special Needs Camp in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked with counselors and parents to accommodate the unique needs of campers. Most recently in his role at Randolph School in Alabama, he served on a diversity committee, advocated for globally focused curriculum revisions that reduced eurocentric bias, and led a redesign of their Upper School Advisory program to foster socio-emotional growth among its participants.
Michael comes to us along with his wife Emily, who will be teaching sixth grade at Kirk Day School, and their children Caleb (10), Andrew (7), Jack (5), and Eliot (3).
Regarding his new position at SCCS, Michael says:
‘The dots connect backward’ is a phrase that describes how I see God at work in my life and career journey. A beautiful convergence of personal and professional experiences has brought me to South City Community School. From my first conversations with members of this community it was evident that we were all describing a shared vision of life, relationships, and learning atmospheres. For years I have esteemed Charlotte Mason’s idea of education as ‘the science of relationships.’ I am eager to lead a school that seeks to live out that vision. I am also excited to return to St. Louis where I attended high school and still have family. I am thankful and could not be more excited to join the SCCS family to labor, grow, and learn together in the years ahead.
We extend the warmest welcome to Michael and his family and look forward to his arrival with great enthusiasm!