November 11, 2015, Bettendorf, IA - After an extensive international search, Rivermont Collegiate's Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Max Roach as the school's Headmaster, beginning in June 2016. Mr. Roach is an experienced leader and has extensive experience working with independent schools like Rivermont and we believe he has the skills in academic leadership and a track record of success in building enrollment and fundraising that we need in the coming years.
With an administrative career spanning from the elementary through high school levels, Mr. Roach is well suited to lead our PreK-12th grade programs. He is an experienced teacher and understands that all members of an independent school faculty must take on various roles. As an academic administrator, Mr. Roach has been involved in curriculum and program development and faculty development. Mr. Roach's academic passion is Japanese history and the samurai sword's iconography. While his teaching of Japanese martial arts (aikido and iaido) is quite serious, his passion for ukulele and Frisbee reveal his relaxed and approachable nature.
Mr. Roach says, "I am thrilled and humbled to join the Rivermont Collegiate community. I was deeply impressed by the quality of the school's faculty and students. In addition to the programmatic distinctions,the school's culture is one of genuine warmth and palpable commitment to excellence. The charm of the Quad Cities cemented our commitment to join the Rivermont Collegiate community. My wife Alethea and I look forward to serving the school while watching our children grow up among its outstanding students."
Prior to being appointed Headmaster of Rivermont Collegiate, Mr. Roach held various positions at a number of independent schools including Jackson Hole Community School (WY), the Darlington School (GA) and his high school alma mater, Wasatch Academy (UT).
Mr. Roach earned a B.A. from Westminster College (Utah) in education, an ESL teaching endorsement, and Master of Educational management and innovation. In addition, Mr. Roach is a Vanderbilt Peabody Fellow of Independent School Leadership.
Until June of 2016, Mr. Curtis Fee will continue to serve as Interim Headmaster.
The Board of Trustees is grateful to Melissa Sears and members of the search committee for their great work in developing and cultivating a talented pool of applicants from which we were able to select Max Roach as Rivermont's Headmaster.
Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only Private College Prep School for PreSchool through 12th Grade. For more information visit: www.RivermontCollegiate.org
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