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A Message from our Head of School


Dear ACS Community,

It is my honor to serve as Avery Coonley School’s Head of School and continue the legacy of excellence that has been the hallmark of ACS for over a hundred years. I was attracted to ACS by its focus on gifted education, academic rigor and the strong partnerships that exist between school leadership, faculty, staff, students, ACS families, and the broader community. My first visit to the school’s beautiful campus further cemented my excitement about the school and its mission to provide a learning environment that is appropriate for academically bright and gifted children who are motivated to achieve in order that they become positive, productive, and respectful members of society.

Students at ACS are challenged academically in positive learning environments that support articulate, thoughtful, respectful, and reflective young people who asked the best questions! ACS students enthusiastically share their achievements and projects they are involved in with humility, confidence, and joy – a visible manifestation of the Avery Coonley School’s mission in action. The school is staffed by individuals with a deep appreciation and commitment to its mission and core values, and a community that continually asks questions, challenges itself, remains open-minded, and thirsts for knowledge all while finding joy in the journey. Please come and see us in action. You’ll be glad you did! 

Kirsty Montgomery, Ph.D.
Head of School


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Meet our Senior Leadership Team

The Avery Coonley School Director of STEAM and Innovation

Kenny Bae
 Director of STEAM Innovation

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ACS Lower School Head

Sarah Batzel
Title: Lower School Head

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Gwen Cooper

Gwen Cooper
Title: Middle School Head

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Director of DEI, Michael DIxon

Michael Dixon
Title: Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

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Carolyn Johnson Title: Director of Development

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Lee Ann Lawlor
 Interim Director of Marketing

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Chris Holstein
Title: Director of Facilities

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Kristen Teague
 Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid

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Geraldine White, ACS Business Manager

Geraldine White
Title: Business Manager

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