Heritage appoints new upper school head
Loline “Lory” Pendergrast, a 15-year veteran of The Heritage School in Newnan, has been appointed by J.P. Watson, Head of School, as the new Upper School Head.
Her duties begin on July 1.
Pendergrast has been affiliated with the school since 1998, when she moved from Trinity School of Atlanta to become a third grade teacher at The Heritage School. At Trinity, she was a Middle School science teacher and Director of Outdoor Programs.
Since coming to The Heritage School, she has served as a teacher in Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, and is currently the lead biology teacher, working with all ninth-graders and Advanced Placement students.
“I am grateful to be given the opportunity to take the principles of teaching and mentoring that I use in the classroom and bring them to our Upper School community in support of our school’s mission of developing mind, body, spirit and camaraderie,” said Pendergrast. “We encourage students to explore their interests and build upon their strengths but also to take risks and be exposed to different challenges, whether academically, artistically, or athletically. I see this position as one where I can partner with Upper School students and faculty to help them achieve their personal best and for students to be successful in the environment they choose for college and beyond.”
In addition to her teaching roles, Pendergrast has taken on leadership assignments as Middle School director and director of development, helping the school secure an endowment gift from the Goizueta Foundation to support financial assistance for students sharing her Latino heritage.
“I am thrilled for the school that Lory has accepted the appointment,” said Watson. “She has served in a number of roles throughout her years at The Heritage School, and this will provide her the opportunity to lead colleagues and students as we continue to redefine the possibilities for what school can be. Lory’s thirst for knowledge and passion for her work with students serve as wonderful examples to her peers.”
Pendergrast earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Education from Vassar College, including study abroad at Oxford University in England. Additionally, she earned her master of education at the University of Georgia. Lory and her husband, David, have two sons, Gridley and Max, who attend The Heritage School in grades seven and four, respectively.
“The Heritage School has always sought to produce young men and women of character whose intellect has been stretched and who have had diverse opportunities to grow in the classroom, in the art studio, on the stage, and on the field,” Pendergrast said. “In this role, I can help connect students, parents, faculty, and staff to ensure these things continue to happen.”