Chief Information Officer Jason Ramsden is one of three recipients of a prestigious award from the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, the professional association for independent school technology directors.
Ravenscroft is pleased to share that Steven Mercado and Lindsey Schreier are joining the Lower School leadership team as of July 1, 2021.
Steven Mercado - Assistant Head of School for Lower School
With experience as an alumnus, teacher, coach and administrator at independent schools, Steven Mercado joinsRavenscroft having most recently served as a second-grade teacher and the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Triangle Day School in Durham.
Mercado holds a Master of Science in General Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College and a Bachelor of Arts in Globalization Studies from Gettysburg College.
"My vision as an educator is to provide students with a multifaceted education, by both challenging them academically and encouraging their social development. I have three central goals for students: developing confidence in their unique identities, cultivating an empathetic perspective in them and creating a strong sense of community in the classroom," Mercado said. "By highlighting social development of our youngest learners, students can succeed inside and outside of the classroom."
An alumnus of Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Mercado also began his teaching there working with PreK-3 students. He then went on to teach seven- and eight-year-olds and six- and seven-year-olds at the Bank Street School for Children in New York before relocating to the Triangle to serve at Triangle Day School in 2018. In addition to teaching and his successful track record as a DE&I practitioner, Mercado has extensive experience coaching both baseball and basketball.
"Steven emphasized the importance of knowing a child's story and when to differentiate. His intentionality around cultivating relationships really aligns with our priorities and aspirations in Lower School," said Head of Lower School Nicole Girvan. "Throughout our time together, Steven reiterated his belief in the importance of connection, bridging communities and building a sense of belonging and trust — all of which are at the very core of our efforts in the Lower School."
From the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Mercado has family roots in Puerto Rico and Barbados. He has lifelong loyalties to the L.A. Lakers, New York Yankees and the New York Jets. Since arriving in North Carolina, he has not yet found a favorite college basketball team between State, Chapel Hill and Duke — and knows he will be asked! Outside of school he is an avid biker and loves to exercise. His interests include reading graphic novels, photography, DJing and music production, and finishing the illustrations to his children's book.
"I look forward to getting to know everyone in the community and experiencing what it means to be a Ravenscroft educator and community member," Mercado said. "I plan on bringing my love of learning, experience in progressive education and my diversity, equity and inclusion background to continue to propel Ravenscroft forward, toward our goals and aspirations as a community."
Lindsey Schreier - Lower School Counselor
A certified North Carolina Guidance Counselor, Lindsey Schreier began working at Ravenscroft at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. She quickly immersed herself in our community, providing support to our Lower School during one of the most challenging periods of time in education.
"Lindsey's joy and enthusiasm are contagious, and from Day One she hit the ground running. Her focus is always on the social and emotional well-being of our students and finding compelling ways to support them," Head of Lower School Nicole Girvan said. "Lindsey was quick to invite all new students to lunches, hold counselor storytime, host virtual students for meet-ups, and offer office hours for parents. She is a true team player, and we are excited to have her as an integral part of the Lower School."
As a mental health professional, Schreier was immediately drawn to the school's commitment to Lead From Here and the focus on building well-rounded citizen leaders.
"This past year has challenged us all in so many ways. However, the main thing I have seen from this community is an unwavering resilience and ability to adapt to any new normal that comes our way," Schreier said. "My hope is that I can continue to be a part of that growth while also helping foster an environment that values building strong, empathic leaders that embody the Lead From Here principles."
Before joining Ravenscroft, Schreier served most recently as the school counselor at Pleasant Union Elementary in Raleigh supporting nearly 650 students, where she developed and implemented a multidimensional schoolwide counseling curriculum that reflects American School Counselors Association (ASCA) national model standards.
Schreier holds a Master of Arts in Professional School Counseling from Appalachian State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
In addition, Schreier has specific training in many areas including play therapy, child and parent relationship therapy and Restorative Circles Practices.
Outside of school, Schreier enjoys her family of fur babies with three cats, a dog and a hamster. She'd love to have her own farm one day with as many animals as her fiancé will allow. She also loves all things Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Doctor Who and admits she has a sweet tooth (leading to a slight fear of the dentist!)