Mr. Geise has been involved with independent school education for over four decades. He began as a high school lab science instructor in New Jersey. Upon marriage, he relocated to Rumson, NJ, where for over a decade, he served as science teacher, department chair, founder and co-director of a summer science adventure camp, and director of admissions. Concurrently, he completed his Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State’s Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children and became a father of two girls. He also holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Chemistry from Colgate University.
Then, St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA sought out Mr. Geise to lead their Middle School as a new building and grade level/campus configuration were implemented. From here, he led the middle school division of TASIS, an American International School near London, England.
In 1999, Paul returned to the US to serve as Head of School at Pine Point in Stonington, CT. Over the next 12 years, he completed two self-study accreditations, a campus master plan, a strategic plan, an international studies program, and developed several nationally recognized signature programs. During this tenure, Mr. Geise was selected among 12 school heads worldwide as a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University, began his mid-career doctoral program Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania, and later was chosen as an inaugural member of a Fulbright program between Japanese and American teaching scholars focused on Education for Sustainable Development.
In 2011, Mr. Geise succeeded the founder of a PreK-12 school in Greenwich, CT. Over his four-year term, he consolidated three leased properties into a single owned property, added a high school, and maintained a “CT top school” status from the Johns Hopkins CTY Program.
In 2015, Mr. Geise served as Interim Principal for Pius XI High School in Milwaukee, WI. This past year, he was Interim President of Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, CT, where he helped position the school for success as it celebrated its golden anniversary and began strategic efforts for its next 50 years.
Mr. Geise and his wife, Robin, are recent grandparents of a granddaughter who lives in Glen Burnie, MD with her nurse practitioner mom (their daughter Emily) and her engineer dad. Their other daughter, Katie, lives and teaches in Boston, while her husband is a computer scientist, and they are expecting in November! Robin studied piano at the conservatory at Oberlin, continues to teach piano, and uses her talents as part of Musicians on Call.
Mr. Geise is excited and humbled to join the Red-Tailed Hawk community and looks forward to getting to know families and staff.