An educator who heads up Calverton School's middle school in Huntingtown, Md., has been appointed head of school at St. James Academy in Monkton.
Karl Adler was chosen from among 55 people who applied for the job after Elizabeth Legenhausen announced in February that she was retiring. She has been St. James Academy's head for 25 years.
The list of 55 was whittled down to eight men and women who visited the school. Each candidate met with students, parents, faculty, church members and the search committee.
"Karl Adler was our unanimous choice. He is a great leader with decision-making skills who will build upon the strength of the school," said Tom Moore, who chairs the school's board of trustees and co-chaired the search committee with Al Rubeling. "The number of applicants for the position is really a testament to the quality of the school."
Adler, 41, has been at Calverton School since 2003. Before that, he taught English at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson, Md., and at Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Md.
He has a master's degree from Goucher College and a post-graduate certificate in Independent School Leadership from Johns Hopkins University.
"I was looking for the right school for me and my family, and I knew about St. James when I taught at St. Timothy's," said Adler, who is married and has two sons, 7 and 4. "After spending three full days there, plus additional visits, I was so impressed with the school's strengths."
Adler said he particularly likes St. James' Episcopal identity, its partnership with the parish and its middle school's International Baccalaureate program, which promotes critical thinking skills and global awareness.
St. James Academy has 296 students in kindergarten through eighth-grade.
Adler's job officially begins on July 1. St. James Academy will hold a farewell party for Legenhausen and a welcome party for Adler on April 14.