March 04, 2015
In her letter to the school community, Sands wrote, “Our faculty and senior leadership team
have been the guiding force behind all of our wonderful achievements.... They have taken the
challenge to be bold, innovative, and daring and to teach our students for the ever-evolving world
that awaits them. This is a faculty dedicated to the art of teaching and they meet their students,
every day, at the intersection of passion and diligence.”
“So many highly visible facility upgrades have occurred over our 62-acre campus that it is difficult to list them all, and certainly the benefits to all members of the community are profound," Hayne said in a statement ."But I believe that Priscilla’s most notable accomplishment is what lies inside those facilities – the people who work there. Under her leadership, Priscilla has assembled a remarkable group of dedicated faculty and administrators who embrace her vision for 21st century education—experiential learning and problem solving in a team setting.”
In her letter to Hayne announcing her intention, Sands reflected on her career at the institution.
"We have accomplished the significant goals that we set out to achieve and rather than recap my professional highlights, I would prefer to focus on the small moments that have defined my last nineteen years and will stay tucked away in my heart forever," she wrote.
"During the first year of my headship, a little girl in pre-kindergarten guessed my profession to be the school crossing guard, because I was always in the hall; and a little boy who, because of my title, told his friends that I was the head nurse of the whole school. These vignettes have served as powerful metaphors for my career. I can still see the senior boy leaning back in his chair telling me that the time he spent at our bi-monthly lunches made the whole world float away, if only for forty-five minutes."