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Equity & Inclusion Commitment


At Germantown Academy, we strive to cultivate a community of learners and educators that is truly reflective of our diverse nation. We are mindful that each of our students and employees has a unique experience at GA and that our individual identities play a vital role in shaping those experiences. As a result, we are moved to create a welcoming and inclusive school culture as we simultaneously honor the differences among us in order to foster an environment of belonging and acceptance.

As we consider each individual’s identity, we realize that there are many different elements which, when combined, help shape the people we know – and that these elements often evolve over time. The identity wheel highlights a range of identity traits that informs our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion at GA.            


Our Community

Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion

Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Assistant Director of Equity & Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion Leadership Team

GA established this team in the fall of 2018 to provide points of connection in the following ways throughout the school community: one-on-one conversations, community conversations, story-telling, social and athletic events, cultural celebrations, student, family, and faculty/staff affinity groups, classroom visits, curriculum review, department meetings, and colleague-to-colleague collaboration.


Rich Schellhas 1760
Head of School

Nidhi McVicar
Assistant Head of School

Sarah Na
Associate Director of Equity & Inclusion

Melissa Fikioris
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
Assistant Director of Equity & Inclusion

Sue Szczepkowski
Head of Lower School

Jonas Jeswald
Head of Middle School

Molly MacKean
Head of Upper School

Tim Ginter
Director of Athletics

Andrea Kurtz
Director of Counseling

Laura Martin
Director of Admission, Enrollment and Financial Aid

Karen Mason
Director of College Counseling

Divisional Diversity and Community Life Coordinators

Pauline Jones
LS  Associate Teacher

Sara Fridirici
LS Math Specialist

Jarrett Anderson
MS French Teacher

Jay Wright
MS Health & Wellness Teacher

Alicia Evans
US English Teacher

Sarah Lloyd
US History Teacher

Rod Thomas
MS/US Assistant Librarian