In 1969, Jim Quinn, EA's 8th Head of School, offered a teaching position to a young man named Chip Hollinger. Over the next 48 years, Chip would prove himself as not only an incredible educator, but also an advisor, coach, unofficial historian, and mentor.
In addition to teaching English, history, and several electives, Chip has served as Faculty Marshal and Assistant Head of Middle School. He began the Model UN Club and led the World Affairs Club and the Chess Club. In addition to being the Middle School History Department Chair for more than a decade, he also serves as our school's unofficial historian. Since his early days, students and faculty have been inspired by his kindness, mentorship, and guidance.
This spring will be Chip Hollinger's last at Episcopal. Currently our most senior faculty member, Chip recently announced he will retire at the closing of the school year to spend more time with his wife, Meg, who retired after 23 years at EA, and their family. Reach out to Chip here.
Chip joins several other retiring EA icons whose legacies have made immeasurable impacts on our school community:
Following 36 years of dedicated service to Episcopal, Maude Kent will retire this summer. Maude began her EA career teaching fourth grade, later transitioning to sixth grade math and history, and then to 7th and 8th grade math. She served as Dean of Faculty and as a coach to numerous teams, including the girls' tennis team that she was instrumental in creating. EA has impacted Maude's personal life as well: It was at Episcopal that she met her husband, Classics teacher and tennis coach, Tim Kent. Their son and daughter attended as well. Reach out to Maude here.
Andy Hess will retire after 35 years of service to Episcopal. Over his tenure, he has been instrumental to many programs. He currently teaches history in Upper School and serves as our Director of International Programs. Andy is an active member of our Diversity Council and served as Head of Upper School for seven years. Andy also spearheaded the immensely successful Study Abroad and Student Exchange Programs, dedicating himself to ensuring that our students receive a truly global education. Reach out to Andy here.
After 16 years of inspiring our 4th graders, Nancy Haas will retire in the spring. Since beginning her career on the Merion campus, she has continued to pursue professional development and growth to give her students the best quality education possible. Her kindness and positivity make students feel welcomed and valued, and her collaborative spirit has earned her the respect and admiration of her colleagues. Reach out to Nancy here.
Athletics Administrative Assistant Mary Gallagher will retire after 12 years of service to EA. Since joining Episcopal, she has served as a go-to-resource for countless coaches, officials, colleagues, parents, and students. From coordinating with officials, to organizing transportation, to scheduling games, Mary has touched every facet of EA Athletics. Mary is looking forward to traveling with her husband Bill, who retired from EA two years ago, and to spending more time with her grandchildren. Reach out to Mary here.
The Episcopal Academy is immensely grateful to Chip Hollinger, Maude Kent, Andy Hess, Nancy Haas, and Mary Gallagher for their nearly 150 years of dedication to our school.