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New Dean of Academy Jed Hayes

After a long and exhaustive process, the FALA Board of Directors, our internal Selection Committee, and I, are all pleased to announce that we have selected Jed Hayes to be FALA’s new Dean of Academy.

Jed Hayes, new dean of FALAJed holds both an MFA and MEd and has 15 years of experience in education across all levels. In addition to extensive classroom teaching experience with diverse student learning populations, he has a strong background in curriculum development and implementation, program oversight and coordination, mentorship, student advising, and the performing arts. He is also a professional actor.

He has actively advocated for issues of inclusion, social justice, and arts in education, and has worked with diverse student populations across racial divides, socioeconomic levels, achievement and ability levels, and LGBTQ. He mentioned multiple times in interview that “all voices have value,” and that his first approach is always a “student centered” one.

Jed has been a longtime supporter of FALA, and while he clearly embodies the Habits of Heart and Mind, he also comes to us with an awareness of our need for growth, both academically and artistically, and in the areas of service and experiential learning. Throughout his interviews, Jed demonstrated creativity, desire, and a strong intellect regarding healthy as well as rigorous educational environments.

At this time, I would also like to thank the Selection committee, and anyone else who participated in early parts of the process, for all their efforts in helping make this important decision. I asked a lot of the committee, and they delivered at each step. This was truly a collaborative effort.

We are all very excited to bring Jed on board as we move in bold new directions, and I have every belief that you will all feel the same.

Eli Cohen
Executive Director

Dear FALA Community:

It is a great honor to have been chosen to become your new Dean of Academy.

I have been an educator since 2004, when I taught a community-based creative writing program in inner-city Los Angeles. I am committed to creating safe, inclusive environments that bring out the best in students, and foster the idea that all students can learn and succeed. For 15 years, I have worked in nearly all levels and areas of K-12, spending most of that time teaching high school theatre.

I hold an MFA in Theatre from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Education from Northern Arizona University. I am also an actor and playwright, and work professionally at both endeavors. Thus, the arts and their important place in society are close and dear to my heart.

As a member of the Flagstaff community on and off since 1996, I am thrilled to now be a part of the FALA legacy of not only a first-class education for our students, but important and valuable contributions to our community. I believe that community is among the most important of human concepts, and I am so grateful for organizations like FALA which feed the soul of those communities.

I look forward to meeting all of the stakeholders in our school community, and hope to be able to work fruitfully towards helping our students achieve all of their beautiful goals.


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