Kate Maggiotto to Succeed Ronald Stewart as Head of York Prep in June

Earlier this week Cognita CEO, Michael Drake, announced that Kate Maggiotto will be the new Head of York Prep:

Our current Assistant Head of School, Kate Maggiotto, has accepted our invitation to serve as the next Head of York Prep beginning June 1st, 2023. This is fantastic news! Kate’s relational and strategic leadership style will provide the direction, care, and vision required to ensure that York continues to thrive into its next chapter. She will succeed Mr. Stewart, York’s founder and Headmaster of 54 years. Mr. Stewart will be retiring this year after a lifetime of exceptional leadership and service.

Kate brings to this role a deep understanding of and commitment to educational leadership and the York Prep community. Since joining York in 2016, Kate has served in a variety of roles including as an upper and middle school English teacher, Middle School Dean, Dean of Faculty and Assistant Head of School. Through her close work with York’s teachers and staff, students, and families, Kate has a clear understanding of both of the unique value of a York Prep education, and how to build on Mr. and Mrs. Stewart’s 54 year legacy.

Prior to her work at York, Kate worked at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, several educational non-profit organizations, and as a theater producer. Kate graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Trinity College, and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education. She most recently completed the National Association of Independent School Fellowship for Aspiring Heads, a yearlong professional development program to train the next generation of Independent School Heads. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Nathan, and her two daughters, Molly and Emma.

As an educator and leader, Kate focuses on relationships and community building. She believes that students and faculty alike do their best learning and teaching when they feel seen, known, and valued for who they are. A key focus of her work has been helping diverse learners find their strengths, and providing teachers and families with the tools necessary to help students better understand themselves and the rapidly changing world around them. She is excited to continue this work at York Prep, a school so uniquely positioned to ensure that all of its students get the support they need to succeed.

Kate is thrilled to continue alongside the rest of York’s senior leadership team as they chart the course for this next part of the school’s journey. Since the beginning of this school year, the entire leadership team at York has been collaborating with Cognita to leverage the strength and expertise of this global educational network.

In the coming months there will be opportunities both to celebrate the outstanding work of York’s founders, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart and to welcome Kate into her new role. 

As we look forward, we are full of excitement, hope and belief in the entire team at York Prep. Exciting times await the future of this magnificent school. York is in good hands to continue a wonderful legacy built over the last five-decades.