Summit Academy of Greater Louisville is pleased to announce the appointment of James K Elliott as the second Head of School, succeeding the Founder, Margaret Thornton. Mr. Elliott, a Lexington native, is a 1996 graduate of Centre College and has 18 years of experience leading non-profit organizations and working in the independent school setting. Mr. Elliott, who is known as Jamey, was formerly the Director of Development at Kentucky Country Day School and has served as the Executive Director of the Louisville Free Public Library foundation. Mr. Elliott brings a broad range of skills with him that make him uniquely qualified to understand and meet the needs of Summit Academy at a time of great growth and continuing innovation.
“Through his extensive non-profit experience and his genuine empathy for Summit Academy’s mission, I believe that Mr. Elliott has the vision and energy needed to take the school to the next level,” says Margaret Thornton, Founder and current Head of School.
Board President Amy Kessler made the following statement, “We are very excited to announce Jamey’s appointment as Head of School. He was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee and the full Board. Jamey shares Summit Academy’s commitment to educating the whole child in a joyful and nurturing environment. We believe that he has a deep understanding of the challenges children with learning differences face, and a leadership style which will preserve and advance the school’s mission and vision.”
Mr. Elliott, who officially begins his new duties on July 1, 2014, had this to say, “I am honored to join the Summit Academy community and to have the opportunity to help advance the vision established by Margaret Thornton and Rosemary Middleton. Their leadership has enabled Summit to fill a critical role in our community and most importantly, made an impact on remarkable students the last twenty-two years. I am excited to begin.”
Mrs. Thornton announced in September 2012 that she would step down at the end of the 2013-2014 academic year. Summit Academy of Louisville was incorporated as an independent, not for profit school in February 1992 in response to the needs of families in the Greater Louisville area for a progressive school program focused on providing excellence in education for children who struggle to achieve success in a traditional school program because of a neurological processing problem(s). Summit offers alternative approaches to learning for its students by providing services through both a graded and a non-graded school concept for primary, intermediate and middle school level students. It also provides a pre-kindergarten and kindergarten program for children at-risk for learning disabilities or school failure.