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OTS Graduate Returns to Lead Middle School

Following an extensive search, Hallie Godshall Ritzman ‘95 has been hired as Old Trail School’s new middle school director. Head of School Sarah Johnston shared this announcement with the OTS community on May 10.

Hallie returns to Old Trail from Hathaway Brown School, where she has served as the director of the upper school for the past five years. Hallie is a 1995 graduate of OTS, a 1999 graduate of Western Reserve Academy, and a current Old Trail parent.

"Old Trail School has always held a special place in Hallie’s heart and we are thrilled to welcome her back to her alma mater," Johnston said. "Hallie brings a deep understanding of our school, its history and ethos, and the professional experience we need to write the next chapter for middle school."

Prior to her role as director of upper school at HB, Hallie served as the institution’s dean of students for seven years, the ninth grade dean for two years and the director of upper school admission for three years. She has also taught in the middle and upper schools and has coached field hockey at HB. In all, Hallie has an extensive background in teaching and leadership in independent and public schools that spans 17 years. 

In 2005, Hallie earned a Master’s degree in education from Smith College with a thesis focused on applying Reggio Emilia practices to the middle school classroom. She is also a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in English Literature. 

Hallie lives in Hudson with her husband, Tom, and their two children, Thomas ‘31, and Caroline, who will be joining the OTS community as a newly enrolled early childhood student in the fall. 

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