Perry to Become Assistant Headmaster at Blair

News  /  by Sachin Billakanti '18  /  March 25, 2016

Next year, Chair of the English Department Lorry Perry will leave to take the position of assistant headmaster at Blair Academy.

Perry has been teaching at Lawrenceville for 10 years and in 2013 became the head of the English Department. On top of her work throughout the school year, Perry has been the head of Lawrenceville’s Summer Scholars Program as well. While she teaches both V Form electives and underform classes, she said, “My heart is with Humanities students and [History Master] Emilie Kosoff [H’96 ’00 P’19],” the Cultural Studies counterpart to her Humanities teaching pair.

Perry will be undertaking several extra major responsibilities at Blair. As assistant headmaster, she will be overseeing and improving the work of the Academy’s Dean of Academics, Director of Teaching and Learning, and all of the department chairs. These responsibilities are not entirely foreign to her, but she recognizes that “to be responsible for the success of a whole faculty will be new to me.”

Although she admitted that the transition will be difficult, Perry also expressed her excitement for some of the new experiences that Blair will offer—in particular being able to live farther from urban environments.

“Because the students at Blair are distanced from places like Princeton and New York, they are able to draw on different experiences to create a unique environment. This, along with the smaller class size, comes together to create the family-like, close-knit community that the school is well known for,” she said.

Every day, former students pour into her classroom to ask for academic and personal advice. During consultation, Perry’s room is known to be always jam-packed, even when there aren’t any major assignments.

In addition, reflecting back on her years at Lawrenceville, Perry is proud of the hirings she has accomplished during her tenure as head of the English Department. “I think the department is fantastic. I have had such wonderful colleagues that I’ve grown with as both a teacher and a person,” she said.

However, it is not only the teachers that have affected Perry: "It has been wonderful to have so many different students change my life,” she said. One of her greatest joys is witnessing the growth of kids whom she taught in the II Form when they take one of her V Form electives. According to Perry, this is one aspect of Lawrenceville that she will miss the most, since she will be teaching only one class at Blair.

According to Yiannis Vandris ’17, “Ms. Perry was more than just a Humanities teacher; she was a mentor and a friend. [When we were] scared freshmen, she guided us through our first year all while helping us develop the writing and grammatical skills that would serve us throughout the rest of our Lawrenceville careers.”

“I feel like I have been given a lot of wonderful opportunities, and I will miss all of the people who have had such a profound impact on me,” Perry said.