Student Life

At The Governor’s Academy, the challenge and opportunities of a quintessential New England boarding school merge with a warmth and openness to new ideas and new people that has always made us refreshingly different. Govs has always been a place of open doors, open minds, and open hearts. You can feel it from the moment you arrive—a genuine warmth and an eager welcome.

Day and boarding students learn from each other and from our exceptional faculty as they form a unique community of different cultures and life experiences in Byfield. Days in the classroom are complemented by broad co-curricular opportunities and a family-like residential life experience. No matter if your interests lie in athletics, the arts, or student government, you will be supported by friends and teachers who will celebrate your individuality.

These qualities endure as the hallmarks of a Governor’s education:

  • Family-like atmosphere 

  • Academic excellence

  • Dedicated faculty 

  • Balance

Meet the Deans' Team

Lynda Fitzgerald

Interim Dean of Students; English Teacher

Faith Kagwa

Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life; Junior & Senior Class Dean
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Lynda Fitzgerald

Interim Dean of Students

One of my favorite quotes is "All who wander are not lost." Adolescents, by nature, are wanderers. They explore, question, learn, make mistakes, take risks, mature, observe, and sometimes struggle. But they are not truly lost. They are works in progress and each experience informs them on their life's journey. At Governor’s, we nurture our students and travel with them offering support, guidance, and care.

An over three decade veteran of the Academy, Lynda has served in essentially every role at Govs possible, often breaking barriers in the process. She was the Academy's first female Dean of Students and first female Dean of Faculty. Lynda also started the girls ice hockey team on campus in the 1980s. She is a beloved dorm parent, teacher, and coach. Lynda serves as the interim Dean of Students, teaches English, coaches JV volleyball, teaches yoga, and is on the senior spring term symposium committee. She lives on campus.