Cape Fear Academy has announced the promotion of its current Director of Lower School, Stephanie Medcalfe, to a newly created position of Assistant Head of School for Academics. In this position, Medcalfe will continue to serve as Director of the Lower School, and she will take on the added responsibility of serving as Cape Fear Academy’s first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. In addition, Medcalfe will oversee the Director of Auxiliary Programs and the Learning Skills Coordinator.
An accomplished educator, Medcalfe is exceptionally well qualified to take on these additional responsibilities. Her sharp intellect, deep understanding of student cognition, leadership, creative problem-solving skills, and passion and expertise in leading diversity and inclusion initiatives made Medcalfe a perfect fit for the role.
Before coming to CFA in 2018, Medcalfe was the Assistant Principal at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her 27 years serving independent, public and parochial schools, Medcalfe has gained valuable experience in each division PreK-12, with the majority of her teaching experience in Middle School and Lower School. Medcalfe successfully transformed student academic and mental health support at her previous high school and continues to enhance our programming in these areas at CFA. After gaining extensive training through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in 2011 and 2015, Medcalfe helped lead the development and implementation of the strategic plan, programming and curriculum for Diversity and Inclusion at The Orchard School and Brebeuf Jesuit.
Medcalfe holds two degrees from Ball State University, a B.S. in Elementary Education and an M.E. in Educational Administration.