MOORESVILLE – The Woodlawn School Board of Trustees announced Feb. 11 that Edward Hollinger will take over as head of school effective July 1.

Hollinger has more than 30 years of strong leadership experience in teaching and administrative positions at both public and private schools.

“The board was extremely impressed with Ed’s understanding of both the need and the methods to educate students to be independent, lifelong learners in an increasingly complex and interconnected world,” said Woodlawn board chairman Greg Bridgeford. “We started this process with a well-defined set of head-of-school competencies and when comparing our needs to candidates’ abilities, Ed was an obvious choice.”

Hollinger will join the Woodlawn family following his role as the head of school at Chiaravalle Montessori School, an independent pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school of 350 students in Evanston, Ill.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve the Woodlawn community as the next head of school,” Hollinger said. “I am looking forward to returning to North Carolina and continuing my life’s work in a thriving environment that is committed to project-based, interdisciplinary learning. It was obvious to me from my initial visit to Woodlawn that this is a school where students can prosper in a caring and nurturing atmosphere while also being challenged to be their best in a vigorous and innovative educational program.”

Hollinger was the founding head of the upper school at New Garden Friends School in Greensboro from 2005-09.

Woodlawn School is an independent K-12 school founded in 2002 and located just north of Davidson.