A Farewell to our Dean

Dear SGS Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you announcing the departure of our beloved Dean of Faculty, Sally McLaughlin. Beyond her incredible work and deep impact, Sally has been “the heart” of SGS for a decade. Yes, she fulfilled her goal of making SGS as great a place for teachers as it is for students. We set that goal together several years ago; and she has worked tirelessly to achieve it.

She has been a valuable partner, and she has provided me with advice and counsel on so many occasions that I have lost count. Sally’s advocacy for “her Faculty” has come from her core. She has believed in ALL our teachers; and she has worked tirelessly to make sure that each and every one of them has had an opportunity to grow and develop as an educator.

However, it is her moments with our students that I will most remember. Sally arrived at SGS in 2004 with a creative and musical inclination; and 8th grade – no the school as a whole – has never been the same. Her graduation speech that year brought down the house with both wisdom and laughter. Her yearly role as Dr. McLaughlin during mission found her humorously – but always with a very straight face – checking the astronauts before their mission. Her leadership and guitar will be sorely missed in the faculty band. Her daily and inspiring presence in each classroom will be missed by all of us.

I will miss her terribly; but I know that she leaves us wanting our school to continue to thrive and grow. Years ago, Sally and I dreamed of a life-giving school culture that would allow all of our teachers to thrive. A testament to that work is the high faculty retention we have today and the collaborative spirit of our teaching teams. The work of the position of Dean of Faculty is done. She leaves us with a desire that we become a more reflective and kind community. A place that leads with its heart as well as its mind. Please join me in extending our deepest gratitude and celebrating her time with us.

How fortunate are the many girls who grew to become young women on her watch!

Rafael del Castillo

Head of School, Seattle Girls’ School




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