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Retirement Announcement

10 January 2020

Dear Friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you of my decision to step down from my role at MKA at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.  While 2020-21 will be my final year at MKA, I will carry with me for all of my days a profound interest, deep affection, and high regard for this exceptional school and community.  A confluence of factors led me to this decision – all of them positive and forward thinking – simply put, this is the right time to begin a significant transition for me and my family, and for MKA.

Thanks to the commitment, hard work, and clarity of purpose of colleagues, students, parents, Trustees, and many alumni/ae, MKA is a high functioning, joyful, and healthy school. I am profoundly grateful for my time here as a parent, colleague, and Headmaster. The privilege of leading MKA has put me alongside students and adults of admirable character and firm resolve to influence, support, and witness the process of human development in thousands of lives.

MKA has evolved through judicious innovation informed by the Mission Statement. The Strategic Plan now underway is the latest engine of inspiration and change in the school's history. A combination of enduring values matched with a capacity and appetite for reinvention has powered MKA forward for over 130 years, and I am confident that this school and our community will continue to thrive.

I am focused on the important work that needs to be advanced and completed during the next eighteen months and that includes supporting the Board and the next Head of School to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. I will also be sure to thank all of you for the friendships, support, and professional relationships that I treasure. In this letter and at this time, I want to express my gratitude to Board of Trustees' Presidents, Newton Schott, Alice Hirsh, Michael Johnson, and Kate Logan, with and for whom I have worked and shared in days of great joy and challenge, and in accomplishments that will endure for generations to come.

On behalf of Zandi, Marion '10, and Travers '11, I send you our deep appreciation for the wonderful opportunities, lifelong friendships, and genuine and abundant kindnesses that the MKA community has given to us.

With great respect and affection,

Thomas W. Nammack