Harpeth Hall leader announces retirement

Teaff to step aside at end of 2013-14 school year

Harpeth Hall officials announced today veteran Head of School Ann Teaff will retire at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

The Harpeth Hall Board of Trustees will partner with a national search firm in the process to find a replacement. Edie Carell Johnson, a 1980 graduate and board chair, and Emily Cate Tidwell, a 1975 grad and board trustee, will oversee the process.

During her 15 years as head of school, Teaff (pictured), working with the board, led in the raising of more than $80 million for educational facilities, endowment and programs. Enrollment increased from 539 students to 660, the percentage of students of color of the total student body more than doubled from 6.5 percent to 14.1 percent, endowment grew from $7.8 million to approximately $31 million, financial aid  increased from $360,000 to $1.6 million and the campus added an additional 6.5 acres and now encompasses 40.8 acres.

Under Teaff, Harpeth Hall was one of the first schools in Tennessee to adopt a 1:1 laptop program and was one of three schools nationally to receive the prestigious Edward E. Ford Leadership Grant, enabling it to create the Center for STEM Education for Girls. In 2009, Harpeth Hall, along with three other prominent girls’ schools, founded the nation’s first online school for girls.