The Gooden School in Sierra Madre Appoints New Head of School

The Gooden School will welcome its sixth head of school, Mr. Carl Parke, this summer. Mr. Parke, currently head of school at LaGrange Academy in LaGrange, GA, begins his tenure on July 1, 2017. Mr. Parke will succeed interim head of school Merrily Dunlap.

“After an extensive nationwide search for a head of school, we are pleased that Mr. Parke will be joining us,” said Nadilee Russell, chair of The Gooden School board of trustees. “The combination of his experience as head of school, service to the independent school community, and understanding of a small and nurturing school atmosphere made him an ideal fit for Gooden.”

Mr. Parke has previously served as head of the upper school and dean of students at The Altamont School in Birmingham, AL, as a faculty member at the University of South Florida and Tampa Preparatory in Florida, and dean of students at Oxbridge Academics in Cambridge, England.

He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Valdosta State University and a master’s in history from the University of South Florida. In addition, he has been a presenter at regional and national independent school conferences and attended the Klingenstein Center Heads of School program at Columbia University.

Mr. Parke is also an active volunteer at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in LaGrange and a Rotary Club member.

Founded in 1975, The Gooden School is an independent, Episcopal day school serving students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The Gooden School offers a firm educational foundation, using both traditional and progressive approaches. Our caring community allows students opportunities to grow in body, mind and spirit, to gain confidence, and to discover their unique gifts. We value diversity and promote character development and responsibility within a framework of Episcopal values. We foster a life-long commitment to learning, to compassion, and to service by emphasizing our school motto of Respect for Self, Respect for Others, and Respect for the World. For more information please visit or call (626) 355-2410.

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