Zanowski resigns from Kenston Forest

Published 10:48 am Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Paul Zanowski

Paul Zanowski, headmaster of Kenston Forest School, announced that he is resigning from his post at the school.

His last day will be June 28.

Zanowski was appointed headmaster on July 1, 2015.

In a statement Tuesday morning, Zanowski spoke about the achievements and the close-knit student community that’s occurred at Kenston Forest over the past few years. He spoke about the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) programs that have developed at the school. Between 2015 to 2019, Zanowski said enrollment jumped from 247 to 344 students with a record number of applications, year to date, for next year.

Zanowski said he will become Head of School at Woodlawn School in Davidson, North Carolina, starting July 1.

“That school is located near Charlotte,” Zanowski said. “It is an hour from our daughter and two hours from our son.”

Zanowski said Lori Bacon, Associate Head of School, will succeed him as Headmaster at Kenston Forest.

“Lori has been a vital part of the school family for 16 years and she is one of the finest school leaders I have ever known,” Zanowski said. “Promoting her to Associate Head of School was my very first decision, back in 2015.”

“Cathy and I love our Kenston Forest family and we are passionate in our belief that the school’s future is brighter than ever,” Zanowski said. “Cathy is passionate about her career, and we have worked hard to raise two kids who are fabulous adults. We miss our kids and want to live closer to them. In recent years, Cathy’s career has taken a backseat to my career, and that weighs heavily on me. This is purely a Zanowski family decision.”

“Building on the school’s hallmark strengths in academic rigor and positive, productive, healthy relationships,” Zanowski said. “Kenston Forest has always been a school that feels like family. Parents and teachers that are partners, students that talk about ‘Kenston brothers and Kenston sisters’ being part of their family. Those relationships help students learn more, do more, dream more and become more. Those relationships have always been at the heart of the Kenston story. I have enjoyed being a good cheerleader for all things Kenston.”