During morning assembly on Friday, December 9, Andy Abbott announced that Jennifer Salrin will be our next assistant head of school for academic affairs, effective July 1. She will succeed Chris Front, who has been named head of school for Park Tudor School in Indianapolis.
For the remainder of this school year, Jennifer will continue to serve as principal of 11th and 12th grades, college counselor, and English teacher, and Chris will finish out his time at Burroughs as thoughtfully and thoroughly as he has for more than 20 years.
Jennifer was selected from a truly outstanding group of candidates, and the decision was greatly informed by the insights of more than three dozen faculty members who participated in the interview process.
In her six years at Burroughs, Jennifer has taught junior- and senior-level English, led evaluations for new teachers, served as an admissions interviewer and a college counselor, led trips to Drey Land, spearheaded May Projects, and orchestrated Common Day programming all while supporting students’ individual growth and development.
In addition to a host of administrative responsibilities as assistant head of school, Jennifer’s primary role will be to ensure great teaching and learning at Burroughs. She will oversee the academic program across all grade levels and disciplines — focusing on faculty hiring, evaluation, and professional development, as well as on curriculum development and delivery. And in Andy Abbott’s absence, she will run the day-to-day operations of the school.
This transition promises to be very smooth as Jennifer and Chris have worked closely as members of the Administration.
Jennifer says, “It all comes down to building relationships and collaborating with faculty and staff. While I’ll miss having as much time with the kids, I am very excited to have the opportunity to work more closely with teachers and other staff members as we continue to strengthen and build upon our already exceptional program.”
Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from St. Ambrose University (Davenport, IA) and her master’s degree in English from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN), where she has completed all work toward a Ph.D. but for the dissertation.
She worked as an associate instructor of English for six years at Indiana and served as a college counselor, dean, and English teacher at Sewickley Academy (Sewickley, PA) for more than a decade. She joined the Burroughs faculty in summer 2017.
Jennifer’s husband, Steven Collier, is a member of our History Department. They have three daughters, two of whom — Lucy ’26 and Ada ’28 — are Burroughs students. Their youngest, Clare, is in first grade at Forsyth School. Burroughs is clearly a full-on family commitment.