Baly comes to EMS after serving as the Upper School Head, grades 5 to 9, at the Valley School of Ligonier in Ligonier, PA for the past 4 years. As Upper School Head at the Valley School, Baly worked closely with the faculty to create and manage a new academic schedule, professional development opportunities and student-led parent conferences. Aside from his administrative duties, Baly also taught English and coached Boys' Varsity Lacrosse. Prior to the Valley School, Baly worked at Heathwood Hall in Columbia, SC as Assistant Director of the Middle School for seven years.
Claire Ward, Head of the Valley School of Ligonier, affirms that Paul "has a deep knowledge of the developmental and cognitive characteristics of the middle school child. Organized, creative and strategic, Paul is a fantastic team member. Most important, students find him to be fair and principled, with a keen sense of humor."
Aaron Cooper, Head of School Elect for Elisabeth Morrow, believes that Baly's experiences will serve him well in his new role. "Mr. Baly brings a set of experiences, accomplishments, and perspectives that match the mission of EMS and the opportunities present in our middle school. Paul's work with faculty, parents, and students in his prior schools is exemplary. We wish Germaine DiPaolo all the best in her retirement and know that Elisabeth Morrow's middle school is in good hands with Paul."
Baly holds two Masters degrees in Education, one from the University of South Carolina in Secondary School Education and one from Teachers College at Columbia University in Independent School Leadership. Baly earned his Bachelors from Roanoke College in Virginia. A native of Westfield, New Jersey, Mr. Baly and his wife, Liane, have two children, Max and Alice, and are expecting their third child this spring.
The Elisabeth Morrow School has also appointed Michele Bower, 19-year teaching veteran with the school, as the new Director of Curriculum and Secondary School Placement. Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Bower served as an integral part of the Middle School's community service program and also served as the school's departmental chair for History. Mrs. Bower has a B.A. in English from Barnard College and holds two M.S.Ed. degrees from Columbia University (Reading/Curriculum and Social Studies).