Each year, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) recognizes a member of its organization who has exhibited an inspiring example of leadership and commitment to the improvement of education for children in Connecticut. Head of Ridgefield Academy Tom Main recently had the honor of presenting the award to 2018 recipient, Bobby Walker Jr. formerly of the King School where Tom had the pleasure of working with him for 9 years. Bobby is the Chief Executive Officer of the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club where he has made a significant impact in the lives of young people through his passion for leading, teaching and encouraging them. Main says, “Bobby created a community and a culture that kids were enthusiastic to be a part of, where kids felt safe, valued, and understood. As we know, that’s the sort of community in which kids will learn best! Bobby was all of this, and more, to the benefit of hundreds of kids, and I am sure you, and all of the children and families at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club, are experiencing him in this manner.” Main values being an active participant in his community and the organizations in which he is involved. Even more important to him is recognizing and acknowledging the good work of others. Main added that he couldn’t think of a more deserving individual and was honored to present this award to his friend and former colleague.

Founded in 1950, CAIS is an association of 93 non-profit independent schools serving over 30,000 students from all Connecticut towns and many other states and countries. Its overall purpose it to provide appropriate services in keeping with models of best practice for each aspect of independent school life. Ridgefield Academy Head of School Tom Main is a past CAIS board president, having served in that capacity for 3 years.

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