Craig School New Jersey
Deb Gallo

Head of School Announcement

November 13, 2019

Friends of The Craig School,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Kara Loftin,
Assistant Head of School for Academic Support, at Wasatch Academy has accepted
our invitation to succeed Tad Jacks as the Head of The Craig School, effective
July 1, 2020.

Beginning last June, the Search Committee began the process of recruiting the
strongest and best-matched candidates to our school from across the country. Following preliminary, confidential
interviews with the Search Committee, three of these candidates visited the school for two days, where they met
with staff members, parents, administrators, and trustees. After performing its subsequent due diligence, the Search
Committee presented M s. Loftin as its nominee to the Board of Trustees to serve as the next Head of The Craig
School. On November 11, the trustees unanimously accepted the committee’s recommendation.

Since 1998, Kara Loftin has been a member of the faculty at Wasatch Academy, an independent school serving 340
students in grades 8-12 in Mount Pleasant, Utah. Her professional journey is a rather unique one. Initially trained in
vocal music and subsequently having earned a Master’s in Business Administration, Kara previously taught music
and served as the Communications Director at Wasatch. She developed a deep interest in the challenges facing
students with learning differences while serving as Dean of Parent and Student Support Services. Provided with the opportunity to develop
a more comprehensive program for such students, Kara’s initiative has produced a comprehensive and nationally
recognized program that now serves approximately one-third of the Wasatch’s student body. Adding to her own
professional development, Kara has earned a  M. Ed. in Special Education from Fitchburg State University and is on
track to earn her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado next spring.

Kara and her husband Joe have three children: Karuna, a first-year college student at Ryerson University in Toronto;
Joseph, a senior at Wasatch Academy; and Michel, a junior at Wasatch Academy. Joe will be retiring as Head of
School at Wasatch Academy next June after serving in that role for thirty-two years. He will remain in Utah during
the 2020-21 academic year to assist the incoming Head and for Michel’s senior year, and then will join Kara in New
Jersey in 2021.

In response to our offer from Craig, Kara has expressed these thoughts:
“I am honored and humbled to be joining The Craig School community as the next Head of School. Within the first
few moments of arriving on campus, I knew that The Craig School is a special place with a big heart. A sense of
community and purpose was evident not only from the students I met in corridors and classrooms, but also from the
immensely talented faculty and staff, the parents who communicated so eloquently what Craig had done for their
child and their family, and finally, from the tireless dedication shown by the members of the Board of Trustees and
Head of School Search Committee. The sense of family is palpable. I am thrilled to join you in calling The Craig
School home.

My highest priority as a school leader and educator is to serve the needs of the student. By focusing on a student’s
strengths and competencies, student are emboldened to step into their true selves, to grow intellectually, and to seek
out their passions. Creating a caring, thoughtful, and kind community where we celebrate our successes with one
another, lean on each other when we struggle and dream big together is the learning environment for which I continue
to strive. I look forward to getting to know each of you as we go on this journey together.”

Choosing a new Head of School is one of the single greatest responsibilities of the Board of Trustees, and all of us in
the Craig community owe a debt of gratitude to the efforts of our Search Committee. Chair Amanda Jahn was
tireless and thorough in her commitment to this process. I was honored to join her on the Committee, along with
Trustees Chris Coates and Andrea Lustig, parent Kathy Mc Neil, and Director of Admissions Nicole Moon. The
Committee devoted countless hours and great care to the search process to ensure its successful outcome.

In closing, let me reaffirm that Tad Jacks will continue to serve as our Head of School through June 30, 2020, and we
know that he will work with Kara Loftin to assure a smooth transition in Craig’s leadership. Kara will continue with
her responsibilities at Wasatch Academy through the remainder of this academic year, with occasional visits to
Craig. On those visits and especially after she assumes her new role here next July 1st, I trust that all will join in
welcoming her to the Craig community.

Frank Velocci
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Deb Gallo


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