Dreyfuss Family Makes Second Largest Gift in School History

by St. Andrew's Communications Staff
Gift to the school made by Jody and Kathy Dreyfuss P'93 will endow a faculty chair for research.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is excited to announce the second largest gift in school history, made by Jody and Kathy Dreyfuss, which will create a Faculty Chair for Research, allowing St. Andrew’s and the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) to endow and maintain in perpetuity the role of the lead CTTL researcher.

The Dreyfuss family has played an essential role in the growth and success of St. Andrew’s for 30 years. Jody Dreyfuss served on the Board of Trustees from 1992-1999,  and as Board Treasurer was instrumental in acquiring the Postoak Campus and securing the school’s financial future. Previously, Jody and Kathy, parents of Paige ‘93, endowed the position of Head Librarian, and the Library is named in honor of Jody’s parents, Muriel and David Dreyfuss.

“We believe in St. Andrew’s mission, the way it treats its children, and the principles that are the basis of the school,” Jody and Kathy Dreyfuss said in 2018 when discussing why the school matters to them philanthropically.

Through the work of the CTTL, St. Andrew’s has become recognized as the country’s leading pre-collegiate research-to-practice school. In the past eight years, it has provided Mind, Brain, and Education Science training to thousands of teachers impacting hundreds of thousands of students around the world, while improving teaching and learning in every St. Andrew’s preschool through grade 12 classroom.

Dr. Ian Kelleher, a University of Cambridge trained scientist, will be the inaugural Joseph and Kathleen Dreyfuss Faculty Chair for Research.  Dr. Kelleher has been a member of the St. Andrew’s faculty since 2002, has previously served as department chair and teaches physics, chemistry and robotics, and currently serves as the CTTL’s Director of Research. A co-author of the book "Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education," Dr. Kelleher, in his role at the CTTL, designs and conducts research with the Omidyar Faculty Fellows, the Finn Family Student Research Fellows, and partner universities including Johns Hopkins, the University of Virginia, Stanford, and members of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also produces content for Neuroteach Global, the CTTL’s web-based professional development tool for teachers around the world.

St. Andrew’s ambitious strategic vision is to become “the destination school for research-informed teaching, learning, and leadership.” This endowment will help support the school’s efforts in reaching that goal, and ensure that this essential Chair of Research role will always be filled by a researcher of the highest caliber and commitment to St. Andrew’s and the CTTL’s mission.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private, coeducational college preparatory day school for students in preschool (Age 2) through grade 12, located in Potomac, Maryland.