Sandi Clerici Hired as Interim Head of School

Trident Academy, a nationally recognized K5-12 school for students with learning differences, announces Sandra L. Clerici will be the interim Head of School effective July 1, 2012. Clerici is currently the interim Upper School Principal at Porter-Gaud School and she has also served in positions at Charleston Collegiate School and for 10 years as president of Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, W.V.


“I am excited for the opportunity and challenge this position brings,” says Clerici. “I am passionately interested in the important niche that Trident Academy has so successfully served, and I look forward to reaffirming our mission in teaching and learning. We intend to thoughtfully and deliberately develop and implement a strategy to solidify Trident Academy as a national leader in learning differences education.”


“During her interviews, Sandi was universally popular with the parents and faculty whom she met at Trident Academy,” says Janie Skatell, chair of the Trident Academy Board of Trustees. “Everyone noticed and appreciated both her positive attitude and her quick grasp of the challenges that face a small school that educates students with learning differences.”


Clerici brings a wealth of experience, both in education and in business operations. While serving as president of Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy, she oversaw a $3 million capital campaign and increased giving by 40%. Clerici also solidified the reputation of the school with a 25% increase in enrollment, national recognition for a fading athletic program, and a “Model School” designation for curriculum approach. Additionally, she controlled overhead costs, redirecting the savings toward classroom- and curriculum-based initiatives.


Clerici is also very involved in the communities in which she serves. She is currently a volunteer for the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Historic Charleston Foundation and has served on a variety of for-profit and non-profit boards.


“We are impressed with Sandi’s extensive experience leading a private school as well as her proven business success,” says Margaret MacDonald, chair of the Head of School Search Committee, a Trident Academy Board of Trustees member and former Head of School at Ashley Hall School. “We have received rave reviews from colleagues including administrators from Charleston Collegiate and Porter-Gaud School.”


“Sandi has been a great interim Upper School Head,” says D. DuBose Egleston, Jr., Head of School for Porter-Gaud. “Many schools expect interim positions to just keep things on an even keel, but she has gone far beyond that. Sandi wholeheartedly embraced the school’s culture, engaged the faculty and parents, and made many positive impacts during her time here.”


For more information, contact Janie Skatell at

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