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Head of School at Williamsburg Northside Private School in Brooklyn

Head of School

Elie Dèu

A native New Yorker, I was raised in Brooklyn on Clinton Avenue, a few blocks from Fort Greene Park and Pratt Institute. I grew up speaking Spanish and am also fluent in Catalán. My family and neighbors instilled in me a love of learning and a curiosity about the world around me. An alumna of the Hotchkiss School, I attended Duke University. I graduated in three years with a double major in History and Spanish Language & Literature and a minor in Art History. It was at Duke that I discovered that my true calling was in the classroom. I began my career in independent schools in the early 90s, teaching, coaching, and doing admissions work at boarding schools, including Phillips Exeter Academy and Milton Academy. Before moving abroad, I taught Spanish and History at La Jolla Country Day School and was the founding Lower School Spanish teacher at Greenwich Academy. During my over a decade in Europe, I taught every grade from first through twelfth and taught English courses for medical professionals at the Universitat d’Andorra. I was also the world language chair and head of the lower school at the Agora International School in the Principality of Andorra. At the American International School in Cyprus, I served as the Social Studies department chair. Since returning to the U.S. in 2012, I have enjoyed being both an educator and a student. I was the recipient of a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia’s Teacher College, and in 2020 I began the Ed.M program in School Leadership at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. A Ph.D. may be in my future post-pandemic. Before joining Northside as head of school in 2017, I was a founding faculty member at Avenues: The World School’s NYC campus, where I held various roles, including head of grades 6 and 7, director of middle and upper school admissions, and dean of students. I currently live with my family in Fort Greene, a few blocks away from my childhood home. We have two Cypriot cats, Luna and Iker Casillas, and a Boston terrier named Priscilla. When I’m not at school, you can usually find me in my backyard or binge-watching a series on the sofa. I love the Nets and March Madness. I also love movies, going for walks, sharing great meals with friends, and the Arts. Traveling, though, is my absolute favorite thing to do. My suitcase is always ready.

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