Noah Rachlin Named Upper School Director

Mar 6, 2020

Moorestown Friends School has announced the appointment of Noah Rachlin as Upper School Director, effective July 1, at which point Meredith Godley will begin her new position as Associate Head of School and Academic Dean.

Noah has been at the University of Chicago Lab Schools (UCLS) for the past two years as the High School Dean of Teaching & Learning at the 2,200-student independent school. Prior to his time at UCLS, he was an Instructor in History and Social Science at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA while concurrently serving as a Senior Fellow at the Tang Institute at Andover, which is dedicated to supporting and sharing innovative approaches to teaching and learning. He also has served as a History Teacher at Rodeph Sholom School in New York City and Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, CA.

Noah is the academic leader of the UCLS high school, responsible for fostering a school-wide culture of continuous growth and development and connecting the high school with the broader University community and beyond on topics related to educational practice, research, and theory. He collaborates with teachers and department chairs to support assessment and development of curriculum and pedagogical practice. Noah supports the development and implementation of diverse, equitable, and inclusive instructional methods and content across the curriculum.

Outside the classroom, Noah has served as a student advisor, student government advisor, and coached soccer and swimming at the high school level.

He has an Ed.M. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Education Policy and Management and a B.A. from Brandeis University in History and Philosophy.

Said Head of School Julia de la Torre:

“Noah brings an innovative approach to education that will serve Moorestown Friends School well as we look to the future. Noah is particularly committed to helping children develop their whole selves as people, balancing their academic lives with a sense of greater purpose and overall wellbeing. Much of his work at Andover’s Tang Institute was exploring the concept of what he calls student ‘learning disposition’–understanding how mindset, motivation, deliberate practice, and focus can help students overcome challenges in order to thrive.”

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