Doctors Charter School, a college preparatory charter school in Miami Shores, recently appointed Nicholas Dorn to be the new executive director for the school, effective in July. He will replace former executive director Gary Meredith, who retired earlier this year due to illness.
Doctors opened its doors in 2005 and has since become one of the most respected schools in the area. The school has received national recognition including being recognized by Newsweek, The Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report as one of the best high schools in the country. Currently, the school serves 576 students from grades six through 12 with a long waiting list for prospective students.
The school’s status as a municipal charter school — a charter school operated by a municipality — also is unusual. Doctors is one of only 16 municipally operated charter schools in the state. While the school is mostly supported by public funds, the school also receives support from private donations.
After Meredith announced his retirement, the school conducted a national search for candidates who would likely maintain the school’s rigorous academic programs.
Dorn, 36, has been an educator for 14 years. Most recently, he has been working at St. Andrews School in Boca Raton since 2009, currently as the director of student leadership and co-curricular service programming, and as an instructor. He also grew up in Miami Shores.
“To lead such a unique school is an amazing blessing and [it gives me] the chance to come back home and serve the village I grew up in,” said Dorn.
Miami Shores Mayor Herta Holly says that his connection to the local community, as well as his personal qualities, make him an exciting candidate for the role.
“Dorn has the vitality as well as the ideas and vision to help shape the future of Doctors Charters School and help strengthen the community he grew up in,” Holly said.
Dorn is a graduate of Miami Country Day School and the University of Florida. His fiancée is the Rev. Hallie Hottle, the associate pastor of the Miami Shores Presbyterian Church.
While Dorn does not officially take the position until July, he has already begun working with the school’s governing board members on initiatives he hopes to pursue when he begins his role. While he says he is committed to strengthening the school’s programs and helping build better futures for the school’s alumni, Dorn says he also thinks the job will be fun.
“I would be failing the kids if I did not say that I hope to have a great deal of thoughtful fun along the way.”