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Meet Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Dr. Douglas Leek

Meet Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Dr. Douglas LeekSA: Why did you choose to work at Sewickley Academy?

DL: I chose Sewickley because of how the institution lives its Mission, Vision, and Core Values. For me, Sewickley Academy posed the right combination of challenge and opportunity to expand and evolve the enrollment of a great institution and as a leader in independent schools.


SA: What motivated you to work in education? 

DL: I have always been passionate about education and providing access, opportunities, and resources to students of all ages interested in becoming members of strong academic learning communities.


SA: What do you enjoy most about working in education? 

DL: I enjoy working to support the institution's sustainability - financial, programmatic, and population, and ensuring its continued success.


SA: What is the most important life lesson you want your students to learn in your class? 

DL: While not a classroom teacher, I still see myself as a teacher. My goal is to educate families, particularly students, that they should not limit their learning based upon access to resources. A lot of the work I do for students is often behind the scenes. It includes making our community more accessible for prospective families, ensuring that every enrolled student has all the resources at their disposal, ensuring educational equity, and working with the community to nurture and support our continued efforts to live our institutional Mission, Vision, and Core Values.


SA: What was your favorite book as a child?

DL: I have two, Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.”


SA: What are some of your interests/hobbies? 

DL: I love music! My musical tastes are very eclectic, including jazz, classical, country, Brazilian, Latin, rock and roll, the 80s through 2000 hip-hop, R&B, disco, 80s rock, and acoustic 70s rock. I also enjoy traveling, baking, and reading.


SA: What are you most looking forward to this school year? 

DL: My focus for the year is to engage with various members of the school community to learn more about the Academy and what makes it unique as a school. Ultimately, my goal is to translate what I have learned to prospective families, with the hope of yielding a strong group of students for the 2021-2022 school year.

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