About Us

Mission + Vision

The Canterbury School is dedicated to academic excellence within a caring and supportive community emphasizing character, leadership, and service.

Our Leadership & Vision

Canterbury’s history is rich in leadership and vision by those who have come before us as donors, visionaries, and volunteers. Together they have set the course for what Canterbury is today, a well-respected educational institution producing students who are prepared for success in college and beyond.

For more than five decades, Canterbury School has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to academic excellence, preparing students to excel in the world. From its first faculty member in 1964, Canterbury’s outstanding faculty has nurtured the individual potential in each student. They challenge, support, and recognize the individual learning journey of a diverse student body.

Today’s mission of academic excellence, leadership, character, and service are evident by the contributions of more than 1000 Canterbury alumni all over the world. Our work continues to honor our rich history while envisioning our next 50 years of service.

Board of Trustees 2019-2020

Chair – Mr. Todd Caruso
Vice-chair – Mrs. Lori May
Treasurer – Dr. Laertes Manuelidis
Secretary – Mr. Mike Damiani

Honorary Life Members

Mr. Albert Frierson
Mr. James F. Garner
Mrs. Susan T. Hamilton Mahan
Mr. Charles Idelson
Mr. Robert Taylor

Board Members

Dr. Rie Aihara
Dr. Eric Appelgren
Mr. Ed Bell
Mr. Ryan Benson '99
Ms. Suzanne Boy
Mr. Tom Burt
Mr. Dominic Cameratta
Mr. Joe Catti
Mrs. Susan Chicone '99
Mrs. Elizabeth Dosoretz '98
Mr. Chauncey Goss '84 (Chair Emeritus)
Mr. Rick Kirschner, Ex-officio, Head of School
Mr. David Lucas
Mr. Marc Mascarelli (Fathers Club Representative)
Mr. George Pappas (Advancement Liasion)
Mr. Patrick M. Pickett
Mrs. Elke Podlasek (Mothers Club Representative)
Mr. Michael Rubenstein '05 (Alumni Board President)
Ms. Susan Ryan (Administrative Liasion)
Mr. Tarek Salhab
Mrs. Deena Schwartz
Dr. Amy Stanfill
Mrs. Sara Stensrud
Ms. Trudi Williams

2019-20 School Administration

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Rick Kirschner

    Rick Kirschner 

    Head of School
    (239) 481-4323 x747
  • Photo of Nikki Ernst

    Nikki Ernst 

    Head of Lower School
    (239) 333-3280 x104
  • Photo of Sharon Laconi

    Sharon Laconi 

    Head of Middle School
    (239) 333-3282 x205
  • Photo of Carl Melamet

    Carl Melamet 

    Head of Upper School and Associate Head of School for Academics Grades 5-12
    (239) 481-4313 x716

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Julie Peters

    Julie Peters 

    Director of Admission
    (239) 415-8945 x118
  • Photo of Susan Ryan

    Susan Ryan 

    Chief Financial Officer
    (239) 333-3280 x123
  • Photo of Frank Turco

    Frank Turco 

    Athletic Director
    (239) 481-4323 x411
  • Photo of Melissa Wilson

    Melissa Wilson 

    Director of College Guidance
    (239) 481-4313 x728
  • Photo of George Pappas

    George Pappas 

    Associate Head for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives
    (239) 481-4323 x718
  • Photo of R. Antonio Castillo

    R. Antonio Castillo 

    Arts Director, Director of Bands
    (239) 481-4313 x727