Board Chair Letter (1/8/2019)

Dear Friends and Family of All Saints Academy:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire All Saints Academy community, I am sharing the news that Carolyn Baldwin will be retiring from her position as Head of School in June 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to Carolyn for solidifying All Saints Academy as the premier independent school in Polk County. Carolyn has faithfully served All Saints Academy for 17 years! She has served as our Head of School since 2011, and has led All Saints through some difficult, but prosperous, times.
Carolyn Baldwin is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking educators in the country. She has created curricula and programs designed to truly make our students “Independent Thinkers, Principled Leaders and Humble Learners.” As head of the Lower School, Carolyn created the strings program that allows 100% of our lower school students to play a string instrument. She also started Polk County’s first Lower School Chinese program. The Innovation Studios program in the Upper School, and now our Middle School, pioneered by Carolyn, is unique to All Saints and gives our students a project-based learning environment unique to Central Florida.  
Carolyn’s leadership has also continued All Saints’ tradition of 100% college acceptance, including the most prestigious and competitive colleges in the country.  All Saints graduates are truly prepared for our complex world through Carolyn’s leadership.
I have worked with Carolyn for my 14 years on the Board of Trustees, and I am personally grateful for her contributions to All Saints Academy and my own family.  Carolyn has been a loyal leader and a fierce protector of our school, and for that the Board of Trustees thanks her.
While we will miss Carolyn immensely when she retires, we wish her and Gray the best and healthy pursuit of their goals. We are all blessed to have experienced Carolyn’s leadership and will continue to cherish her friendship. Please see below for a message from Carolyn.  
E. Blake Paul
Chairman of the Board
All Saints Academy