Assistant Head of School Dr. Ari Frede will work closely with Head of School Tim Costello and serve as the Chief Instructional Officer, responsible for the supervision and support of all teachers and instructional staff. In addition, his role will include supporting teachers and promoting a culture of growth that meaningfully advances SAA’s priorities and strategic initiatives.
Dr. Frede brings experience teaching students in inner cities and the rural South, from elementary to high school, Special Education and general education, in Massachusetts, New Orleans, Mississippi, and Winnetka, Illinois. He has served as a Principal Intern and Assistant Principal with Chicago Public Schools and later founded an arts-based elementary charter school in Chicago and based his doctoral capstone on the experience. Most recently he served as Head of School for the Ancona School, a progressive, Montessori-fusion school on Chicago’s south side, before joining SAA.
He attended Hampshire College, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned a doctorate in Urban Education Leadership in 2017.
Head of School Tim Costello says, “Ari is an immensely talented educator, administrator, and thought leader, who brings a passion and enthusiasm for advancing SAA’s mission through a student centered approach to leadership and decision making. I am delighted to welcome Ari and his family to SAA and look forward to a lasting partnership.”