CASTINE, Maine — Adams School Principal Todd Nelson will resign his position at the end of the current school year to take a post in Pennsylvania.
Nelson submitted his resignation at the regular school board meeting Wednesday, effective at the end of this school year in June. He will take the post of head of school at an independent school outside of Philadelphia.
Nelson is in his sixth year as teaching principal at the Adams School. Although he said he was not looking to leave Castine, this new opportunity arose unexpectedly and was very attractive to him.
“I couldn’t possibly have foreseen all the ways in which I would be enriched and rewarded by my Adams School experience,” he said in a message to friends and neighbors, “but it has been incredible —truly life- and career-altering. It has been a profound privilege serving here, and I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity I was given.”
The move will allow Nelson and his wife, Lesley, to live closer to family in New York and Washington, D.C.
During his time as principal, the Adams School developed an exchange program with a school in St. Castin in the Bearn region of France, in which students from Castine traveled to France in 2008. Their French counterparts returned the visit last year. Another visit to France is planned for this spring.
“That is certainly something I hope someone else can build on and support,” he said.
Although there have been several very public educational experiences during his tenure, Nelson said the real joy for him has been the learning that occurs on a day-to-day basis.
“There is so much good teaching — innovative and creative teaching — going on here. I’d like to think that will continue,” he said. “It’s created a spirit here, where the students are eager to go back to school in September. That’s pretty neat. That is a legacy. It’s not my legacy; I found it here and contributed to it, but a lot of other people have played an important part of that.”
Nelson has accepted the post of head of school at The School in Rose Valley, a small K-6 independent school with 125 students located outside of Philadelphia. His contract in Castine runs through June 30. He starts his new job on July 1.