Conshohocken, PA (October 21) - Following a comprehensive and extensive search process including 18 candidates, AIM co-founders Pat Roberts and Nancy Blair along with Board of Trustees Chair Matthew Naylor and Vice Chair Al Chiaradonna, announced today that the next Head of School of AIM Academy will be Annette Fallon.
"Our search led us to three highly qualified finalists, each with specific and extensive expertise in the education of students with learning differences," said AIM Executive Director and Co-Founder Pat Roberts. "After all was said and done, it was clear to us that Annette was absolutely the right leader to take the helm of AIM Academy at this unique point in time."
Fallon spent 10 years at the Baltimore Lab School, a division of The Lab School of Washington, the original inspiration and design of AIM Academy. Fallon served as a teacher and ultimately went on to a leadership role as the Director of Admissions for eight years. She will begin her new role at AIM on July 1, 2022.
"We believe that Annette's experience at Baltimore Lab School, watching children learn when actively engaged and fully immersed in their learning experience and seeing the academic success of students when well-trained teachers delivered evidence-based curriculum and strategies to their students, uniquely prepared her to work with our team and lead AIM Academy into the next chapter of our future vision of AIM," said AIM Associate Director Nancy Blair.
Fallon's leadership roles on the national board of the International Dyslexia Association (Finance Committee) and her three-term position as President of the Maryland Branch of the IDA serve to provide her a broad view of the national and international landscape of learning differences. She currently serves as the Director of Outreach at Jemicy School outside of Baltimore, MD and will complete her School Management and Leadership Certificate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Business School in May 2022.
"I am thrilled to join AIM’s fearless and innovative learning community, and it will be an honor to lead AIM into our next shared chapter," Fallon said. "Every step of the highly comprehensive search process reinforced my commitment to serve as your Head of School. I am fully aligned with your mission, and I am eager to begin the transition process in the months ahead."
Fallon plans to visit AIM monthly and spend time learning side by side with interim Head of School Dr. Ed Gallagher and AIM's Executive Cabinet and Senior Leadership Team while also having an opportunity to get to know AIM's entire community better.