September 22, 2014
Dear Discovery School Friends,
I wish to extend a warm welcome to our Discovery families, teachers and staff. This promises to be an incredible year, as we reach our 20th anniversary, under the leadership of our new Head of School, Dr. John J. Ketterer. The size of school can be misleading to outsiders, as it does not reflect well, our maturity as a community, and the manner how we come together in times of celebration, but also in times of threat. I feel fortunate and proud to be a part of such a community. During last year, we embarked on a search for the new Head of School, and the community once again came together, and provided trust and support to the Board of Directors and Search Committee to accomplish this critical job. We spent many days reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, until we finally found the right fit for our school in Dr. Ketterer.
Some highlights on Dr. Ketterer. He holds a B.A. in English, M.A. in English/Education, M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and Ed.D. in Administration and Instructional Leadership, and has over 40 years of experience in education. He worked in Peru and Nicaragua as High School Administrator, and in Paraguay and Mexico as Head of School. He then moved back to the United States and joined Jacksonville State University, where he became a tenured Professor and Executive Director of International House and Programs. As he considered last year coming back to the Latin America region, we were very fortunate that he decided to come to our school for his next career move. Dr. Ketterer is joined by his wife Ivania, who is originally from Nicaragua. Dr. Ketterer is a fluent Spanish speaker.
I would like to ask all the Discovery School community to provide full support to Dr. Ketterer as he transitions into life in Honduras and our school. Transitions typically can last one to three years, and it will depend on the support we offer Dr. Ketterer, how quickly we will move through this phase. Each of us in our roles can help Dr. and Mrs. Ketterer. The Board of Directors, for example, will provide support through good Governance, effective Committee work, and help outside school. Please show your support for Dr. Ketterer and the school, and let’s make this next school year, our 20th anniversary, our best ever.
President, Discovery School Board of Directors, 2014-2015