Andrew Menke

Board of Trustee Member

Appointed 2019

Affiliation:  Former Admission Director/Head of School AT CRMS
Occupation: Head of School, Waterford School
Background: 32 years Independent School Educator
Degrees: B.A., Towson University, M.A., Dartmouth College

What inspired you to join the CRMS Board of Trustees? Reflection about the formative moments in my professional and personal life motivated me to reconnect in this unique way. I’m deeply grateful to CRMS for inviting me to join its learning community back in 1995, and for imbuing in me an appreciation for intentioned, mission-congruent education. In so many ways, CRMS expanded my horizons about what’s at the core of whole child education and how profound student growth can be when educators focus on building habits of the mind alongside habits of the heart. And, my children grew up on CRMS’s campus; our son was born there. They attended the CRMS preschool and consider their experience on campus and in the Roaring Fork Valley essential to who they’ve become as human beings.

What do you value most about CRMS? I think it was John Holden, CRMS founder, who said that CRMS was an antidote to modern, easy living. In our accelerated, hyper-connected world that is more interdependent than in any time in human history, the world needs students who value inquiry in equal measure with action, and curiosity that drives results. CRMS graduates are self-reliant with the competence and confidence to make a difference in their communities as engaged citizens.

What are you most excited about while serving as a Trustee? It is an honor to join CRMS’s Board of Trustees, and I look forward to partnering with the board, Jeff and his leadership team, and other school stakeholders to explore and chart the exciting next chapters of CRMS.