Thursday, January 15, 2015

MCPS Associate Super. Leaves MCPS for Private School, Raised $75 Million for WJHS

MCPS Associate Superintendent and former Walter Johnson High School principal Christopher Garran has taken a job with a private school in Virginia. It's no surprise a private school would want to hire him. Look how much he was able to raise for the private Walter Johnson High School foundation! 


Cape Henry Collegiate Proudly Announces New Head of School


Dear Members of the Cape Henry Collegiate Community,

On behalf of the Head of School Search Committee and the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Christopher S. Garran to the position of Head of Cape Henry Collegiate effective July 1, 2015. The appointment of Dr. Garran marks the culmination of a thorough search conducted following the announcement of the retirement of Cape Henry’s current Head of School, Dr. John P. Lewis. After careful consideration of many top candidates, the Search Committee and Board of Trustees voted unanimously in support of Dr. Garran’s appointment. The Search Committee offers its deep appreciation to the parents, faculty, staff, alumni, Trustees, and students who contributed meaningfully to the process at every step.

Dr. Garran possesses more than 20 years of experience in education. He currently serves as Associate Superintendent for Montgomery County Schools, Maryland, one of the top school systems in the country, where he supervises, coaches, supports the leadership, and manages the budgets for 29 schools with a combined enrollment of 50,000 students. Dr. Garran has led the district in examining student outcome data in order to design school and system strategic improvement plans. Much of his work has focused on curriculum alignment as well as project-based, team-centered, and personalized learning. He has also developed and supported extensive professional development for faculty and school leaders and has led the search and evaluation processes for school administrators.

 Previously, Dr. Garran served as teacher, department chair, and Head of Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, an award-winning school of 2,100 students and 250 faculty and staff. In this role, he guided the leadership of administrators and staff and implemented a strategic plan that helped to further Walter Johnson’s already exceptional reputation. During this time, Dr. Garran also participated in a $75 million campaign for school and campus improvements, collaborating with parent leadership to create an independent, non-profit education foundation dedicated to fundraising efforts....


  1. Maybe that just meant that Dr. Garran was principal during the time WJ was remodeled, not that he actually raised the money for it.

    1. For a private school that means money he helped raise. That's clearly something that made him attractive to the school. They think he can raise $75 million. Why wouldn't that amount be what the WJ Foundation raised? That's a completely believable number.

  2. from "We are able to raise and donate money with fewer restrictions than the PTSA and with a broader school focus than the Booster Club for facilities improvements, student programs and staff development grants."


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