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Deerfield Windsor School's No. 2 executive resigns

ALBANY, Ga. -- After starting his new position as Deerfield-Windsor School's middle school/upper school director last July, Brian Kelly resigned Friday. He was the second-highest executive at the Albany independent school.

Kelly was hired by first-year Deerfield Headmaster Dave Davies last April. He came to the school after being the dean of student life at The Montclair Kimberley Academy in northern New Jersey. He had been at the school since 2002.

Davies addressed Kelly's resignation to parents in an e-mail Monday. In it, he states:

Dear Deerfield-Windsor Community,

It is with deep regret that I announce the resignation of Brian Kelly as Middle/Upper School Director. Brian has decided to pursue teaching positions in North Carolina in order to be closer to his daughters.

In the months that Brian has been at Deerfield-Windsor, he has brought focus and energy to our academic program. Brian's skill and preparation as a classroom teacher enabled him to ask probing and insightful questions about curriculum, pedagogy, and evaluation. He brought a new emphasis to the role of our department chairs. Brian also challenged all of us to think regularly about our school's reason for being -- the students -- and what is best for them.

I will immediately assume direct responsibility for the operation of the Middle/Upper School divisions with the help of our senior administrative team. This is hardly a new role for me, as I served as a division head for seventeen years in two different schools.

We have already begun a search for a new Middle/Upper School Director, and I am confident that we will be able to attract a professional who will help us continue the excellence for which Deerfield-Windsor is known and take us to an even higher level.

I know that I can count on your support, understanding, and prayers as we move through this transition period.

David L. Davies, Headmaster

Kelly told The Herald last April that he had two teenage daughters who live with their mother in Charlotte, N.C.

Deerfield Communications/Development Director Laurie Allen said there had been other personnel changes at the school in recent months as well. Latin teacher Scott Holcomb left the school during the holidays when he was accepted into a either a master's or doctorate program in Washington, D.C., Allen said. Holcomb's wife, Jamie, taught middle school English and left Deerfield last month to join her husband in D.C.

Sarah Landis replaced Scott Holcomb as the school's Latin teacher and John Hudgins, who was a substitute at the school, replaced Jamie Holcomb.

David Clearman Jr., who has been Deerfield's director of technology since 2005, left around the holidays to work for a local managed IT service company. Allen said the move corresponded to Deerfield switching to an outside firm for managing computers/software on its two campuses.

Allen noted another upper school campus teacher didn't return after the holidays as well, but didn't identify the individual's name in her response to The Herald.