The Island School is pleased to announce that a new director of admission, Sharon Jarboe, has joined the leadership team. Co-founder and former Director of Admission Pam Maxey is excited to pass the torch on to Sharon, who takes on the new role this fall. While Pam remains in New Jersey working with the admission team this year, Sharon's hire will enable Pam's transition into a broader role including more development work and more time on-island in Eleuthera. Sharon joins The Island School having just received her M.Ed in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently she served as associate director of admission and financial aid at The Pennington School in New Jersey. At Pennington, Sharon spearheaded initiatives using strategic events, travel, and financial aid in order to increase the diversity of the applicant pool and student body at the school. She also designed, launched, and taught two Mandarin language programs there and brings a history of helping students bridge cultural differences by working creatively within an institution.
Sharon joins our team eager to work collegially and help us take the admissions work to the next level. It was apparent during the interview process and her participation in The Island School's summer Teacher Conference that Sharon shares The Island School’s forward thinking approach to experiential learning and educational philosophy and practices. Sharon remarked with enthusiasm, "I believe that I found my dream job, as I can not imagine a more rewarding opportunity to support young people as they embark on this transformative journey."