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Welcome to Lower School

Journeys can take wonderfully unexpected turns. When I was ten years old, my family escaped Cuba and moved to Costa Rica. One short year later, I found myself watching it snow from a second story window at Alexander Hamilton Middle School in Elizabeth, New Jersey. I experienced the beauty of the unexpected turn.

After eleven years at Cannon School, including six as an administrator and three as the JrK-12 Director of Studies, I am now serving as the Interim Head of Lower School for one year in 2019-2020. To this role, I bring my experience in working with curriculum and teachers from all grades, my background in partnering with parents over the last decade, and my love of Cannon students and our school community.

While this is an unexpected turn in my professional journey, it is one I take with members of the Cannon family. Melissa Fox, who has served our school for ten years as a Lower School teacher and dean, will join me as Interim Assistant Head of Lower School. And our talented Lower School teachers will nurture our youngest students along their own unique and unexpected journeys of growth.

As you continue to learn more about our school community, we believe you will find that what makes our Lower School a place where your child can grow is summarized in the words of Cannon’s mission statement: Cannon School nurtures relationships at the heart of learning and engages the learner in a journey of growth.

In fact, I encourage you to test us by looking for how we can bring these hallmarks of the Lower School experience, and Cannon’s mission, to life for your family:

  1. My child will thrive at this school and be known at this school.
  2. My child will grow and mature and fulfill potential at this school.
  3. My child will develop emotionally and socially in a healthy environment at this school.
  4. My child will cultivate natural and developed talents at this school. Intellectual curiosity and a love of learning will be developed through in-class activities, co-curricular classes like science, music, library, art, Spanish, physical education, and technology and STEM experiences.
I hope there will be many opportunities for us to talk and learn from one another as we move through this year. I am honored and humbled to lead this work while Cannon School embarks on a national search to find the right leader of the Lower School for the next phase of our journey.

Best,
Fabio Hurtado
Interim Head of Lower School

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779