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New Director of Lower School Named

New Director of Lower School Named

Far Hills Country Day School has named Pat Barry the Director of Lower School, effective immediately. 

“From the moment she walked through the doors, Pat has led our Lower School with a thoughtful, calm demeanor,” said Georgia Zaiser, Head of School at Far Hills Country Day School. “I have thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with her over the past six and a half months as she served as the Interim Director of Lower School. I am confident that Pat will continue to have a positive impact on our students, faculty, staff, and families. Her passion for our mission is apparent in everything she does and every decision she makes. She is exactly who we need and want on our team, advocating for our students.”

As the Interim Director of Lower School, Barry quickly engaged in important conversations in the Far Hills Country Day School community by joining the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force and co-leading the Reading Task Force. Her participation in these important groups has led to DEI being incorporated into the Lower School curriculum.

“I am thrilled to take on the Director of Lower School role in a permanent capacity,” said Pat Barry, Director of Lower School at Far Hills Country Day School. “I am passionate about working with students in their formative years. I am eager to continue the important work of designing the best possible learning experience for Far Hills students alongside our tremendous faculty and forward-thinking Leadership Team. I am excited to continue working to evolve our school in innovative and inspiring ways while balancing the beloved Far Hills Country Day School traditions.”

Barry brings with her nearly 30 years of experience. Throughout her career, she served in a variety of leadership roles, including Head of School, at independent, Montessori, and Catholic schools. She was instrumental in increasing enrollment at The Green Vale School as Director of Admissions and during her tenure as Director of Lower School Admissions and Financial Aid at Oak Knoll School. Before coming to Far Hills Country Day School, she designed the K-6 remote learning track as the Remote Learning Coordinator (in addition to serving as the Associate Director of Admissions) at The Elisabeth Morrow School (EMS). 

For more information about our Lower School, visit Far Hills Country Day School’s website, FHCDS.org.