Getting to Know Caroline Baugh, Chief Advancement and Community Relations Officer
The 2023-24 school year has arrived, bringing with it four fantastic new administrators: Ms. Evelyne Estey, Interim Head of School, Ms. Caroline Baugh, Chief Advancement & External Relations Officer, Ms. Becky Read, Upper School Principal, Ms. Karisti Cormier, Middle School Associate Principal, and Ms. Lori Richardson Garcia, Middle School Associate Principal.
Over the course of the school year, we’re excited to share a closer look at each administrator, and help you get to know these new members of our administrative team. We hope this helps you get to know the people behind the title and to get a better sense of how each new community member will help us pursue our TAS Mission and values.
This week, we are thrilled to introduce Caroline Baugh, Chief Advancement and External Relations Officer. Caroline joined TAS after seven years at the American School of Paris, where she served as the Director of Communications, Community Relations, and Enrollment Management.
We’re delighted to learn more about Caroline in her own words.
Caroline, what inspired you to pursue a career in education and school administration?
The mission and vision of education, in general, has always appealed to me. I believe that schools have a critical role in shaping the next generation, whether students graduate and go on to business, science, the arts, government, law, public works, or any of the many, many places that people find their niche in life.
How would you define your educational philosophy?
Learning goes beyond theoretical knowledge. Real-life experiences provide valuable lessons that textbooks cannot. Field trips, community service, internships, and hands-on projects are essential components of a well-rounded education. These experiences connect theory to practice, making learning more meaningful and relevant.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up, I wanted to be a neonatal nurse and actually got somewhat far in my studies but changed paths along the way. I did, however, spend several years after college as a trained volunteer in the neonatal unit of a hospital in Dallas as a “NICU cuddler,” where I spent many hours a week cuddling premature babies who needed extra contact with humans.
What is one lesson you learned from a previous job or colleague that has stayed with you today?
I was taught early on that kindness is always free and should always be given first. I’ve found that kindness almost always dispels potential misunderstandings and helps us see that we are all on the same team and working towards the same goals.
Who do you admire most in the world, and why?
There are so many people who have made an impact on my life who I admire deeply. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I gained a newfound appreciation for the daily work of healthcare professionals, from the pharmacy and the clinic around the corner, to the hospital and our school nurses. They helped us navigate the pandemic and I am very grateful to them!
When thinking about the TAS values of Respect, Responsibility, Honestly, Kindness, and Courage, which of these values has been the most salient for you as a TAS administrator?
While kindness is obviously a hugely impactful value in my own life, I think that Respect dovetails with it in a perfect way. There are so many ways we can show each other respect, and these are most often not large or extravagant gestures. To show respect, I always try to be on time, listen carefully, and let people know that I am truly present with them.
How do you like to start your day, and what does an average day look like for you?
I wish I could say all my mornings started with sunrise yoga, but normally I am first reaching for the coffee and a snuggle with my French bulldog, Gus, before I head to TAS. As a new community member, it doesn’t yet feel like I have had an average day at TAS, but I am normally working closely with the senior leadership team and the Advancement department. Some days, this means working on projects like the Annual Fund or a presentation, and other days it means dealing with long-term planning, organization, and community outreach.