Roland Park Country School Head of School Caroline Blatti is pleased to announce that Peter Metsopoulos has been appointed Director of Leadership and Entrepreneurship effective July 1, 2018.
“I am so excited to see the many ways in which Peter will partner with faculty and students to create a dynamic, forward looking, and meaningful leadership and entrepreneurship program at RPCS,” says Caroline Blatti. “He is a skilled teacher and a visionary educator who believes in helping each girl utilize her leadership strengths to impact others and her community for the greater good.”
Peter comes from The Bryn Mawr School where he has taught English since 2003 and has served as English Department Chair since 2014. As Director of the Steering Committee for BMS from 2007 to 2009, Peter led the re-accreditation self-study for the Association of Independent Maryland Schools. In association with BMS and RPCS, he co-founded the Lillie May Carroll Jackson School, an all-girls public charter middle school in Baltimore, now in its third year of operation. In addition to presenting at several national educational conferences, Peter has also served on AIMS accreditation visiting committees in Maryland.
“I am thrilled to be joining RPCS as the Director of Leadership & Entrepreneurship,” says Peter. “Helping to build a program that provides the scaffolding for girls to be leaders in authentic ways and to create solutions for the problems they see in the world is an opportunity I relish.”
Peter came to work in education after a career in New York-based film, television, and advertising. A graduate of Columbia University with a BA in English, Peter is currently an MS candidate in Educational Leadership at Johns Hopkins University.
“I believe the best education is balanced between teaching students what they need to know and teaching them the methods by which they can come to know,” says Peter, “and I believe that’s one of many strong threads already woven into the Leadership and Entrepreneurship program at RPCS. In particular, the notion that the program will strive to help each student find her sense of purpose through daily practice is wonderful and squares with all of the research I've seen about the best ways to educate our adolescents.
“I think regular narrative reflections are a path toward that internal exploration, while the communication skills that are being built as early as Middle School in the Digital Media Course are a way to hone the external articulations of those student journeys toward understanding the world and their place in it. Girls' voices are, rightly, at the center of that effort in each case, with an intentional focus on the interplay between purpose, passions, and impact.”