New Head of School
Dear Williamsburg Northside Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff:
The Search Committee is delighted to announce the appointment of Elizabeth “Elie” Smith Déu as Williamsburg Northside’s Head of School. Elie is currently a founding administrator and Dean of Students at Avenues: The World School.
During Elie’s more than 25 years in education, she has served as a teacher and senior administrator at several outstanding institutions, including Philips Exeter Academy, Milton Academy, La Jolla Country Day School, Greenwich Academy, and Avenues. Elie also has more than a decade of experience living and working in Europe, primarily at Col·legi Internacional del Pirineu in Andorra and the American International School in Cyprus.
Elie has taught Spanish and Humanities, served as a Head of Lower School, and led enrollment efforts as a Director of Admissions. During her tenure at Avenues, she helped lead the creation of a project-based middle school program that comprises 240 students and 35 faculty. Elie holds a B.A. in History and Spanish with a minor in Art History from Duke University. She has completed extensive professional training from institutions including the National Association of Independent Schools and Columbia University’s Teachers College
The Search Committee was deeply impressed by Elie’s warmth, intelligence, and record of success developing diverse and robust learning environments that share a philosophical identity with Williamsburg Northside. Elie’s appointment at Williamsburg Northside marks a homecoming of sorts; she grew up in Clinton Hill, attended school in the neighborhood, and currently lives in Fort Greene.
Williamsburg Northside Schools boast outstanding students, families, administrators, faculty, and staff. Elie will lead a talented administrative team – Vikas, Yolanda, Bridget, Leigh, Tara, Jennifer, Libby, Teresa, and Kendra – and help expand our students’ success and development well beyond the walls of our classrooms.
We are deeply grateful to Dr. Gina Farrar for her leadership over the past 4 years. Thanks to her wisdom and hard work, Williamsburg Northside Schools is in a very strong position to welcome Elie and launch its next chapter of growth and continued excellence.
Head of Search Committee