Eastern Mennonite School (EMS) has named Philip R. Landes as Secondary Principal effective July 1, 2012. Landes assumes the position upon the retirement of Sherman Eberly, who will leave the Secondary Principal position on June 30, 2012, after a 43 year career in education, with 15 years served at EMS.
A 1981 graduate of Eastern Mennonite School, Landes brings over 20 years of experience in education and leadership to the position, and he will be responsible for leading the students and faculty of both the middle and high school divisions of Eastern Mennonite School.
Landes holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Eastern Mennonite University and will complete a master’s of science degree in educational administration from Shenandoah University in June 2012.
Prior to joining EMS, Landes was employed most recently at Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater, VA where he taught biology and completed an administrative practicum.
Landes is also credited for creating the Turner Ashby High School Varsity Boys soccer program, which he also coached for a number of years.
Eastern Mennonite School joins in Landes’ excitement for the position and looks forward to welcoming this alumnus home as an instrumental leader of its Strategic Leadership Team along with: Paul Leaman (Head of School), Patsy Seitz (Director of Academics), Maria Archer (Elementary Principal) Mary Golden-Hughes (Director of Advancement) and Michael Stoltzfus (Director of Business).
Eastern Mennonite School is a K-12 private school that has served Harrisonburg and the surrounding counties for 95 years. The school combines an academically challenging curriculum with a strong commitment to Christian discipleship, personal integrity and compassionate service in the world.