We are pleased to announce that Alpacino “Al” Beauchamp has been named our director of academic affairs.
Beauchamp will work directly with Head of School Rob Zimmerman `98 to lead the school’s academic program. As director of academic affairs, Beauchamp is charged with advancing a culture of innovative teaching and learning, providing faculty with meaningful professional growth opportunities, and further differentiating the school’s program to promote the highest standards of academic excellence.
“While this was an international search, we were delighted to find Al's unique blend of experiences right here in Cincinnati,” says Zimmerman. “Al is well-positioned to have an immediate impact at Country Day; he has led a community of more than 800 students and 70 faculty as a principal, taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels, led a new small private school as head of school, and worked in the corporate world domestically and internationally. And as a former student at Summit Country Day and St. Xavier High School, Al knows the Cincinnati private school market. We could not be more excited to bring such an accomplished leader to join our team of educators as we head toward the school’s second century of excellence.”
The school conducted a search that attracted nearly 70 candidates from across the globe, across the United States, and across the tri-state area. Angela Barber-Joiner, director of equity, diversity, and inclusion & social-emotional learning, and Dr. Jeanette Hecker, Upper School faculty member, led the search along with a committee composed of 10 faculty and staff members. The selection process also involved parents, trustees, alumni, faculty, and staff.
“Al is a student-centered educator whose experiences with instructional coaching, educational strategies, and local and global outreach will be assets to our school,” says Hecker. “He has a growth mindset and a clear focus on student well-being and engagement. His preference to walk alongside his teachers coupled with his commitment to authentic experiences for students will ensure that the development and delivery of curriculum at Country Day remains exceptional.”
Beauchamp holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in education from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in business administration from Miami University-Oxford. He is currently completing his doctorate in educational leadership at Miami University-Oxford.
Beauchamp began his career in education 20 years ago. In his current role as principal of Roberts Academy in Cincinnati, he has led the rigorous accreditation process with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Under his leadership, the school is positioned to become the first IB elementary school in southern Ohio.
“Having dedicated more than 19 years of my life to developing lifelong learners through intentional and purposeful educational practices, I am honored to accept this position with such an incredible institution and community and to serve alongside educators at Country Day,” says Beauchamp. “My diverse and comprehensive experience in education has prepared me to take on this role; I have dedicated my career to educational leadership and student achievement. As educators, it is our purpose to build systems, structures, and environments that perpetually cultivate relevance, rigor, and inspiration. Cincinnati Country Day School has long exemplified these core values in its practices, and I look forward to serving this school community and fostering continued growth and excellence for our students.”
Beauchamp was born in Berkeley, California, and resides in the Cincinnati suburb of North College Hill. He enjoys hiking, cycling, and spending time with his daughter Automne (11).
Beauchamp will assume the role of the school’s director of academic affairs on July 1, 2023.