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Trustees of Chiaravalle Montessori School in Evanston have named Edward B. Hollinger as the new head of the school.

Board President Shabnum Sanghvi, said the appointment follows a nationwide search and that Hollinger, who starts his new job July 1, was “the overwhelming choice” of the trustees to guide the school into the future.

“In all of my work — as a teacher, guidance counselor, advisor, coach, principal and Head of School, I have encouraged a culture of respect, cooperation and diversity. I have had the opportunity to be a partner and leader — helping to guide several schools into the next phase of growth and development,” Hollinger said in a news release.

Hollinger currently heads the Virginia Beach Friends School in Virginia where he launched a Learning Center to aid with individual learning styles, broadened the school’s arts programs, and introduced a sustainability education program.

He’s also worked as several other independent schools.

“I am confident that together we can continue the legacy of a strong, caring and progressive educational community,” Hollinger said.

At Chiaravalle, which is pronounced Care-a-volley, Hollinger will succeed Head of School Brenda Mizel, who the board credits with strengthening academic programming, facilitating the purchase of the school’s historic building at 425 Dempster St., launching a capital campaign and coordinating recent extensive renovations.

Above: Hollinger on a visit to Chiaravalle today, flanked by students Madeline Hoffman and Drew Sztukowski.

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