Pendergast, KevinHeadmaster

Contact
kpendergast@kildonan.org
(845) 373-2027

Education
BA English, SUNY Albany 1993
MA English, Fordham University
JD, Case Western Reserve University 2006

Employment Information
2012-present: The Kildonan School: Head of School

2006-2012: Oxford University Press, International Law specialist for the aw Division

2000-2002: Durango Mountain Camp and Breteche Creek Foundation: O.G. Language Training Tutor for two camps, Director of the latter, both for dyslexic students.

1999-2000: The Churchill School & Center: English, Literature, and Math Teacher, O.G. Language Training Tutor

1995-1999 and 2002-2003 plus summer of ’04: The Kildonan School: O.G. Language Training Tutor, Literature Teacher, Houseparent, Basketball and Lacrosse Coach, Literature Department Head, Residential Crew Chief, Camp Dunnabeck Tutor, Camp Dunnabeck Director

Biography
Kevin Pendergast, Esq., is Head of School at The Kildonan School in Amenia, N.Y., the only boarding school in the world devoted solely to preparing students with dyslexia for college and career.  After completing a Master’s program in English at Fordham University in New York City, Kevin served as a Literature teacher and Orton-Gillingham tutor at Kildonan for five years, during which time he led the Literature Department and Camp Dunnabeck, the school’s summer program.  He taught also at The Churchill School in New York City before attending law school at Case Western Reserve University, from which he earned a J.D. in 2006.  After working in the International Law sector of Oxford University Press’s Law Division for six years, he returned to Kildonan as its head in 2012.  In his seven years in that leadership role, Kildonan has attained accreditation as an International Baccalaureate World School and has created an O.G.-based foreign language program for all its students and an independent research program for Juniors and Seniors called EDGE.  Kildonan has also opened an O.G. tutoring center in New York City.  Kevin in the last few years has presented on the topics of dyslexia awareness and special education law at annual conferences for the organizations Everyone Reading (New York), the New York State Association of Independent Schools, the International Educational Consultants Association, and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.  As an attorney, he has also represented families in securing an appropriate education and has published an article in his law school’s law review (where he was a contributing editor): “Schaffer’s Reminder: IDEA Needs Another Improvement”, 56 Cas. W. Res. L. Rev. 875 (2006)

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