Meet Mrs. Lahiri
As we gear up for the 2021-22 school year, let’s hear from our new Assistant Head of School, Mythili Lahiri. Mrs. Lahiri holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Columbia University. She joins us after many years of service at Rutgers Preparatory School, where she held several roles including Dean of International Students, Director of Global Education Programs, Associate Director of the Innovation Center, and classroom teacher. Over the summer, she has immersed herself in all things Chapin to gear up for the academic year ahead.
Here is her conversation with Jeff Barnosky, Director of Strategic Initiatives.
What excited you about coming to Chapin?
I knew when I walked out the door after I spent a day at Chapin in March that this was a community of which I wanted to be a part. The energy within the halls is palpable. The students are clearly so happy to be here, and there is a feeling of joyous learning in all the classrooms. The culture of teamwork and support amongst the faculty is so apparent, and it is clear every member of the faculty highly values being part of the community.
Assistant Head of School is a new role at Chapin. How is it different from previous roles? What impact do you think it will make?
Historically, Chapin has had Lower School and Upper School Division Heads, each responsible for their respective divisions. This new role presents a great opportunity to impact the journey of a Chapin student from grade 1 to 8. We have a chance to really look at the curriculum and ensure that each year lays a solid foundation for what comes next. We will look to ensure seamless transitions as students move from grade to grade leading to cohesion and continuity across grades. We want to create an educational experience that places Chapin graduates in a strong position as they move on to secondary school.
What is your vision for Chapin’s future?
Chapin’s future is bright. We are ready to truly meet each student where they are and to push them to their full potential. Chapin stands in a unique position with small class sizes, energetic and innovative faculty, and robust facilities and resources to be able to provide a truly differentiated experience for students so that they are supported when needed and enriched whenever appropriate. I look forward to working with the faculty to focus on this effort so our Chapin graduates move on to high school poised for success and ready to tackle the challenges ahead.
Before we sign off, can you share something about your family or hobbies?
Sure. My husband and I are parents of 3 adult kids who are all in college. We are big tennis fans, and until the pandemic happened, we would attend the US Open every year. One of my favorite things to do! I started doing puzzles during the pandemic and found it to be very relaxing. I get into a zone and don’t want to stop until it’s done. Now that I’m an empty nester, I see a lot of puzzles in my future.
It was great to spend some time and chat with Mrs. Lahiri. She is excited to have joined our community and is ready to continue Chapin’s mission to provide a richly textured education that inspires academic achievement and builds strength of character. Together, Chapin School Princeton is ready to charge ahead!