Head of School

Stephanie Whitney

Stephanie Whitney

Stephanie Whitney is Carolina Day School’s head of school. Whitney comes to CDS from The Mead School in Stamford, Connecticut, an independent school for infants through grade eight, where she served as head of school, leading Mead School through this new era of distance learning, social distancing, and heightened safety measures. Before joining Mead in 2015, she spent 11 years as assistant head of school at Greens Farms Academy, a Pre-K/12 independent college preparatory school in Westport, CT. 

At The Mead School, Whitney is viewed as a visionary and strategic thinker with strong financial acumen and outstanding interpersonal skills. She has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the student experience as the heart of any decision. Her colleagues speak of her extraordinarily high ethics, approachability, and ease at building community. She has worked tirelessly at Mead to improve faculty morale, engage in community conversations, and strengthen all areas of program and curriculum. Whitney graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Business and French, and she holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University. Whitney, who is originally from Ohio, and her husband, John, have two grown sons. 

"I am delighted to be stepping into the role of head of school at Carolina Day School. I’d like to thank the board of trustees and the Wildcat community for entrusting me with the honor of continuing to build upon the strong foundation established by interim head of school Peggy Daniels and her predecessors, to establish Carolina Day School as what it is today—an exceptional independent day school, driven by inspired teaching, a warm and supportive community, and a commitment to providing an outstanding academic experience — always going beyond what is expected to meet the needs of the students we serve.” Stephanie Whitney

Head of School Updates

Message from the Head of School
Stephanie Whitney

Remarkably, last week marked the end of the first trimester here at Carolina Day. I am so pleased to be writing to update you, our CDS community, on a few specific areas of accomplishment this trimester, and to extend my gratitude for the strong community partnership that makes Carolina Day a place of excellence for our valued students, with whom we are privileged to be entrusted.

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Message from the Head of School
Stephanie Whitney

In this morning's Convocation address, Head of School Stephanie Whitney included within her remarks a quote from Adam Grant, organizational psychologist and author of “Think Again,” who said that our most creative and original thinkers are willing to try new things, take calculated risks, and don’t give up when they face a road block. “They know that in the long run, our biggest regrets are not actions but our inactions.”

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