Head of School

Suzanna Jemsby


Suzanna Jemsby has been the Head of School for the Galloway School in Atlanta, Georgia since July 2012. Since her arrival, Galloway has thrived in every way. The school is at full enrollment with a long waiting list, annual giving is at an all time high, and there is an excitement about the bold new strategic direction embodied in the school's unique instructional delivery model called 4D Learning. Click here to read more.

Joe was right

It's coming up on six years ago that I first properly stepped foot on Galloway's campus to interview for the head of school position. Until that point, my only reference point for the school had been speaking with the consulting firm running the search, a conversation with Joe Richardson (former head of school) and members of the search committee. Inevitably, every conversation led to the students. The consulting firm promised that I would be blown away by the calibre of their inquiry; the …

Posted by sjemsby on Wednesday August 30
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To read or not to read?

About three years ago, two students approached me and asked if we might intentionally relabel a unisex restroom at the front of the school as a gender inclusive restroom. They had great rationale. There were students in our midst who did not identify as cisgender; they wanted a restroom they could use that would respect their identity. To celebrate the decision, I wrote about the gender inclusive restroom on this very blog, only to receive some varied feedback from around the country. I …

Posted by sjemsby on Sunday August 20
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Behave yourself, try, and wear shoes?

We have three simple rules here at Galloway - the first two certainly make for a purposeful learning environment; the third has interesting history. When the school first opened, the campus was still pretty much a construction site. The first Galloway families recall community initiatives to improve the campus - painting, hammering, moving furniture. Students were asked to wear shoes for their safety.

On a recent visit of schools in Sweden, shoes are nowhere to be found in classrooms. Upon …

Posted by sjemsby on Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 11:15AM
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BOLDly Going Where Few Have Gone Before

I’m thrilled to be able to showcase another writer for this blog post. I was fortunate enough to meet Diego Duran-Medina this summer. We hosted at Galloway the BOLD summit, a leadership development opportunity for aspiring educators of colour. The inaugural cohort of twenty-two participants was selected from applicants all over the country. Thanks to extraordinary support from ThinqShift, SAIS, and the Ware Foundation, we were able to underwrite a lot of the costs in addition to kicking off our …

Posted by on Thursday August 25, 2016
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The morning after Nice

Quite out of the blue, I bumped into an old friend last Saturday. It was someone I had not seen for 15 years. The serendipitous event was in the car park of a beautiful castle outside of Frankfurt, Germany. We were both heading to meet other people, so we didn't have long to chat. At the end of our conversation, we exchanged email addresses. Just a few hours later, he wrote me an email with all sorts of cheery chatter. He closed the email with this: "Enjoy the rest of your European summer but do…

Posted by on Friday July 15, 2016
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Real issues of the undocumented

Yesterday, we hosted local author and Emory faculty member Marie Marquardt here at the school to discuss her recent novel "Dream Things True". Our UL librarian, in her typical generous way, offered to buy anyone a copy of the novel and asked them to come and meet the author. Now, I can't deny that I enjoy a free book, but it was particularly enjoyable because of the conversation that ensued with students and my peers.

An undocumented Mexican high schooler is the protagonist of the book. She falls…

Posted by on Wednesday January 13, 2016
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Inside Out

One rainy afternoon this summer, I took my daughters to see the movie "Inside Out". Often I groan (discretely) at the idea of watching a kids movie and that day was no exception.

When we got to the theatre, I was struck by the age range of the cinema goers. There were some young children like mine, many teens, and a good number of adults all the way up to octogenarians.

In the first few minutes, I had that feeling that parents sometimes get when they haven't researched the movie well in advance: …

Posted by on Tuesday September 22, 2015 at 04:04PM
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Beyond urban life

My family and I were fortunate enough to spend some time in England and Norway this summer visiting relatives. Contrary to typical assumptions about visits to England, we were not in London. We were in the stunning region known as the Lake District, Keswick to be precise. It's a town for hikers and lovers of the outdoors.


The North of England isn't renowned for its stunning weather, hence a density of hiking stores everywhere selling a range of rain gear. While mixed weather might not appeal to …

Posted by on Wednesday July 29, 2015
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Walking across India

I've been awarded a prize! Ms India! You'll be pleased to know that the awarding agency is not a beauty pageant organization, it's FitBit! FitBit is the maker of the little chip that I have religiously -- or at least spiritually -- worn for over a year now. The chip tracks my daily steps. So, I have won an award for walking. Specifically, I have walked the length of India this past year. That's 3,213 kilometres, or 1,996 miles for the less metrically inclined.

I have always enjoyed walking. …

Posted by sbreunig on Monday April 27, 2015 at 08:37PM
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Pondering Possibilities

At the NAIS annual conference last week, I became acquainted with the work of Neri Oxman: www.media.mit.edu/people/neri. When I say acquainted, I have to confess that I came away with a very superficial understanding of her work - superficial because of the limitations of my brain, not because of her presentation skills.


Linguists typically enjoy finding words to describe things, and yet I have found myself rather incapable of capturing properly what it is that Neri is, and what she does. But, …
Posted by sbreunig on Thursday April 2, 2015 at 12:56PM
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Suzanna Jemsby
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