Cutia Blunt is the Early Learning Assistant Principal at The Galloway School. Before joining Galloway in 2014, she was a second grade classroom teacher for four years and an elementary gifted program teacher for ten years. Her entire education career has been spent in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Cutia holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Elementary Education) degree from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. She also has two degrees from Kennesaw State University - a Master in Education in Educational Leadership and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology. Cutia was recently selected to be a Google for Education Certified Innovator; she was one of 37 educators across the world chosen for this unique honor. She also serves as an organizer each year for EdCamp Atlanta. In addition, Cutia is an alumna of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educator of Color (KOLIEC).
In her spare time, Cutia enjoys volunteering with organizations including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Heifer International, and Christ Child Society. She also enjoys supporting Atlanta's professional sports teams - Falcons (football), Hawks (basketball), and Braves (baseball). On any day where the temperature rises above 70 degrees, you can find her in a local park with a realistic fiction novel.
Dr. Ara Brown
Ara Brown is the Upper School Dean of Boys at the Cranbrook Kingswood School, a k-12 day-boarding school serving 1,600 students and located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Prior to Cranbrook, Ara held several positions at the Williston Northampton School in western Massachusetts including Diversity Coordinator, Associate Dean of Students, and Associate Director of Admissions. He proudly owes his 15+ years as an administrator in independent schools to his foray into education as the Program Coordinator for the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Ara has served on numerous boards including the Civil Rights Advisory Board for District Attorney Elizabeth Schiebel and chaired the editorial board for NAIS’ Independent School magazine. He has also presented at over 20 different conferences including the Association of Boarding Schools’ Annual Conference, the NAIS Annual Conference, and the People of Color Conference. His professional passion, in addition to helping students define and reach their idea of success, is to examine the experiences of faculty and administrators of color within independent schools. His article for Independent School magazine, “Changing the Face of the Academy: Innovative Approaches to Faculty Recruitment,” continues to be used by schools who are committed to hiring faculty of color. His dissertation, “Color, Capital, and the Climb to Headship,” will be published in part as an article in the Peabody Journal of Education this November. He is currently in the process of developing a documentary that follows educators of color within three separate independent schools.
Ara holds a Bachler of Science in psychology and sociology from Ursinus College, a Master of Education in counseling psychology and a Master of Science in organizational psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.
Felicia McCrary is the Director of Student Life at The Galloway School. She has 20 years of experience working in an independent school. Prior to serving in the role of Director of Student Life, she taught World History to sophomores at Galloway and later served as Assistant Principal of Upper Learning.
Beyond the classroom, Felicia has engaged in many opportunities to pursue lifelong learning and work with student improvement. Favorite workshop experiences include a month long Fulbright study in Japan, Harvard’s New and Aspiring School Leader’s workshop and the NEH workshop, Pearl Harbor – History, Memory, and Memorial. Felicia has also worked as a consultant for the College Board and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create teaching units for topics in Epidemiology, and she has worked with several independent schools in the Atlanta area on a variety of issues around student life, diversity and curriculum development.
Felicia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in education from Wake Forest University. A proud Demon Deacon, she is willing to support other teams in the ACC if there is a championship title up for grabs.
Felicia knows nothing of spare time and tends to fill her time outside of school with many things, particularly travel and trying new restaurants. She has traveled to all but two continents, but has no plans on going to Antarctica for now. Favorite destinations include Venice, Tobago, and Cuba. As for restaurants, Felicia has a running list of favorites in the Atlanta food scene that she is always happy to share.
Ada McElroy currently serves as a Placement Associate with Carney, Sandoe and Associates, a Boston-based firm that specializes in teacher recruitment for placement in private, boarding, and independent schools.
Most recently her work has focused on placements in world language, Mandarin Chinese, English as a second language, and Latin, as well as administrator placement for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. She also organized and co-led the Professional Development Symposium of the firm’s Diversity Forums in 2015 and 2016.
A graduate of both Brown and Columbia Universities, Ada has served in a variety of non-profit and community volunteer roles focused on education. These include coordinating local school outreach with the West Harlem Preservation Organization in NYC; leading after-school and Saturday morning tutoring sessions with Boston Renaissance Charter School and Steppingstone Foundation; and mentoring middle school girls with the CityGirls Program in Providence, Rhode Island. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and is the child of two life-long educators. Last, but not least, she is a jazz enthusiast.