Gabriella Rowe, Right Fit v. Linear Pathways

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In this episode, Gabriella Rowe, Head of School at The Village School in Houston, Texas. With an eye toward getting her students to take ownership over their college readiness process, Gabriella recognizes the importance of a student’s self-discovery process. Listen in as she discusses the critical distinction between choosing linear career pathways versus right fit careers.





About Gabriella Rowe


As a born and bred New Yorker, much of Gabriella Rowe’s educational experience has been in the New York City educational market. Rowe served as head of school at The Mandell School for more than 15 years.


The Mandell School is a third generation family owned and operated independent school for two-year-old children through eighth grade. During her time at Mandell, the school grew from 42 preschool students to more than 600+ students worldwide and raised more than $30 million in expansion capital. During this period of growth, Mandell also developed proprietary curricula and training materials to support the growth process in the U.S. and Asia. In 2013, Mandell was sold to Rocket Learning.


Rowe moved to Houston in the summer of 2014 to take the helm of The Village School, a coeducational, non-denominational college preparatory private school. She hit the ground running, unveiling a new master plan for the 28-acre preschool 2–12th grade campus in west Houston. When Rowe started her work at The Village School, it had 1,400 students. After one year, the school grew to 1,700 and is in the midst of major expansions. The Village School has an international student body, with students representing six continents and more than 60 countries. The Village School is a proud member of the Nord Anglia Education network of schools.



About The Village School


The Village School was founded in 1966. What started as a small, private nursery school is now a vibrant campus of approximately 1,750 students, from early childhood through high school.


The school initially served 100 students, aged three through five. In 1973, Betty Moore acquired the school and set forth the school’s original mission to “foster excellence through knowledge, character, and integrity,” a guiding legacy that continues to shape the school’s culture of champions.


In 1981, The Village School outgrew its facility and moved to a larger campus on Memorial Drive. By 1983, the program included students from preschool through fourth grade and relocated to our current campus on Westella Drive.


In 1984, the first of three new buildings opened, providing space for 25 classrooms, a gymnasium, a stage, a computer room, a music room and a library. The Village School continued to expand throughout the 1990s, adding grade seven in 1991 and graduating its first 8th grade class in 1993.


In 2008, The Village School opened its high school program, with more than 50 founding 9th graders. With each subsequent year, an additional grade was added, with the first senior class graduating in 2012.


Today, The Village School inhabits over 28 acres in a residential area of West Houston. The campus consists of more than 165,000 square feet of facilities. In addition, the school has plans to expand the campus with an additional 15 acres of land.


The community of students from over 60 nations shares a commitment to uncommonly high levels of achievement. The dedicated and caring faculty and staff continue to prepare students for future success at the most prestigious colleges and universities throughout the world.


The Village School is also fully accredited by the Texas Association of Accredited Private Schools (TAAPS) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). Village High School is an official International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma Programme.



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