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Megan Cover (pronounced kō-vər) brings to Girls Preparatory School years of experience as both a teacher and school leader. 

“We were impressed with her understanding that within the GPS legacy lies its future, and that the challenges of today bring with them tremendous opportunities for teaching and learning,” says Mary Tanner, GPS Board of Trustees Member and Co-Chair of the Search Committee. 

For the past 20 years at Tower Hill School (Wilmington, Delaware), Cover demonstrated excellence in teaching and outstanding initiative and leadership as Head of Upper School. While at Tower Hill, she was instrumental in launching signature programs, enhancing the experience of rising ninth-graders through summer programs, and facilitating improvements to service learning, environmental initiatives, and social justice and wellness programs for Upper School students. She tirelessly shepherded her Upper School’s monumental shift to remote learning during the pandemic, celebrated the Class of 2020 with an unforgettable 100th graduation ceremony, and oversaw innumerable details in the reopening of their campus in the fall of 2020. 

Cover’s extensive school leadership experience, her commitment to academic excellence, and her ability to create innovative programming made her stand out among the candidates. 

“Most importantly, she is regarded by her current students and peers alike for her collegiality, sincerity, and role as a champion for her school and students,” says Clay Watson, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Search Committee.

“As an all-girls school alumna (Agnes Irwin School), Megan experienced the transformative power of a school where from day one as a new student she felt she belonged,” says Dr. Becca Stimson, former Chair of the GPS Board of Trustees.

Cover now confidently steps into the leadership role as the 10th GPS Head of School with a desire for each GPS girl to know she belongs here.

During her tenure at Tower Hill, Cover served as a French and Spanish teacher and language department chair, created the lower school Spanish program, served as assistant head of upper school and dean of students, and even coached field hockey and lacrosse. She oversaw upper school programs in student life, advisory, leadership, student retention, career day, and new faculty cohorts and brought a discipline and student leadership board model to her school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French with a minor in education from Denison University and master’s degrees from West Chester University (Spanish) and Middlebury College (French).

Cover and her husband, Ted, and their three daughters are excited to call Chattanooga their home. 

“We are an active family who enjoy exploring the outdoors and were drawn to Chattanooga for the beautiful outdoors that combines both our love of mountains and the water coupled with a warm and welcoming community,” Cover says. “As a career educator who is a firm believer in the power and purpose of all-girls education and the mother of three daughters, I consider it an honor and a privilege to not only lead GPS into this next chapter of empowering young women of intellect and integrity, but also to join its community as a proud GPS family. I look forward to carrying the torch and raising it high."

Campus Connection

Episode 1 | Olivia Burns

Episode 2 | Mary Kate Johnson

Leadership Team

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  • Ali Gant, Chief Advancement Officer

    Ali Gant, Chief Advancement Officer

    Ali Gant joined GPS in June 2019 with two decades of development experience in higher education, independent schools, and human services. Gant holds both a bachelor’s degree in English and Master in Public Administration & Policy (MPA) from the University of Georgia. She is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).
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  • Jenise Gordon, Head of Upper School

    Jenise Gordon, Head of Upper School

    After receiving a Bachelor of Science in biology from Union University (Jackson, Tennessee), Jenise Gordon went on to obtain her M.Ed. in curriculum and Instruction from Union. She earned the distinction of being Student Teacher of the Year during her senior year at Union. She also won the honor of First-Year Teacher of the Year in her first school district and Teacher of the Year twice at GPS.
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  • Lynne Macziewski, Associate Head of School | Head of Middle School

    Lynne Macziewski, Associate Head of School | Head of Middle School

    Lynne Macziewski became the Head of Middle School in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and secondary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from The University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, Minnesota). She then obtained an M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis).
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  • Bilda Small, Chief Enrollment and Communications Officer

    Bilda Acuña Small, Consultant to the Head of School on Strategic Initiatives

    For more than 25 years, Bilda Acuña Small has worked with organizations in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors on marketing and communications strategies. She joined GPS in 2014 after an 18-year career at Unum where in her last role she served as Assistant Vice President of Hispanic Markets. During her tenure at GPS, she has held various leadership roles in marketing communications, development, and admission. Currently, she serves as a strategic partner to the leadership team providing innovative thought and execution of strategies for school sustainability and prosperity.
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  • Jay Watts, Athletic Director

    Jay Watts, Athletic Director

    Jay Watts was named GPS Athletic Director in 2017. He graduated from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia) with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. He then completed his master’s degree in education/sports administration from Georgia State University (Atlanta). Watts also holds a Certified Master Athletic Administrator certificate from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. He has served as a guest lecturer in the Sports Administration departments at both Georgia State and Kennesaw State University, and he is currently an adjunct professor in the Health and Human Performance department at UTC.
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  • Mark Vosskamp, Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Vosskamp, Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Vosskamp holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Duke University, where he was a cum laude graduate certified to teach high school math. He then later pursued his Master of Business Administration degree (with a focus on finance) from ACC rival University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He remains a devoted Blue Devil basketball fan.
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