Grace Ann Louis
Head of School
Grace joined our faculty for 2019-2020 as our Head of Early Education and lead Snow Lion teacher. In January 2020 she stepped into her role as Head of School right before the pandemic affected our daily operations. Under Grace’s leadership, we were able to double in size and remain open in-person during the 2020-2021 school year and are now a thriving elementary school. Grace founded Woodland Playhouse, a pre-school in Phoenicia, in 2007. In 2019, she followed her heart and joined Middle Way, inspired by our approach to education. We are so fortunate to have such an experienced and passionate Head of School. Grace lives in Phoenicia with her husband JD, daughter Nadou, and two sons Leroi and Arlo.
After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education, I discovered that my true passion is in early childhood education. I began my career at the International Preschool in NYC that emphasized an experiential and emergent curriculum. While teaching at Snow Lion School, a contemplative preschool in Boulder, Colorado, I completed my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. During that time I also mentored student teachers from Naropa University. The contemplative educational model expanded my teaching philosophy and inspired me to join Middle Way first as a teacher and then as school leader. In 2020, I was fortunate to join the parent community when my son Arlo became a Raven (now a Dragon), and now get to experience first-hand the benefits of a whole-child education at Middle Way. I look forward to continuing to grow at Middle Way along with this incredible group of families, students, staff and educators.