Barton has served as a head of school for the past 14 years, most recently with the Avery Coonley School near Chicago. During his career, he has led a diverse range of independent and public institutions and has served a broad spectrum of students and learning styles from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. His many roles have included teacher, coach, residential dean, admissions associate and senior administrator. In recent years, he was also invited to attend two of the most respected professional development programs for educational leadership, the Klingenstein Visiting Heads Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York and the Kellogg Executive Scholars Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
“I am extremely honored to become a member of the Holy Innocents’ community as its next head of school,” Barton said. “My wife Leanne and I were overwhelmed by the warmth of the Holy Innocents’ community, the passion and professionalism of the faculty and staff, and the vision and commitment of the board of trustees. We do feel called to be part of this very special place — a place dedicated to the development of each and every child — spiritually, academically, artistically and athletically. We look forward to many years of growing together.”
The Bartons have three children: Sam, 11, Abby, 9, and Charlie, 4. Leanne, a former teacher, is very active in community service and recently served as president of a school’s parent association.
“We are thrilled to be calling Paul Barton as our next head of school,” Holy Innocents’ board Chairman Bruce Ford said. “Paul is the right leader for Holy Innocents’ and we were impressed by his focus on developing every facet of the academic, artistic, athletic and spiritual potential of each child. Paul and his wife Leanne will be very welcome additions to our community — on campus, in Sandy Springs and throughout metro Atlanta. I look forward to working with Paul in the years ahead.”
Added Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church rector the Rev. Michael Sullivan, “Paul brings the leadership we need around all aspects of our strategic plan, from understanding Episcopal identity to faculty development to integration of STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] more fully into our curriculum. More importantly, he will embody the spirit of our community among students, faculty, parents, friends and greater Atlanta. Paul has the energy, vision, and expertise to build upon the great traditions of HIES while also leading us into new dreams and aspirations.”