"I really feel so strongly about making life choices," Glickman said. "I told the students that this is not about me moving on to another job. It is about all of us making life choices that integrate our family life, individual interests and professional growth, and about continually learning."
Glickman, who has her Ph.D. from USC, is a living example of someone who has integrated her values, work and personal life in the growth she has instigated at the school, as well as in the manner in which she is leaving. In January 2008, Glickman will become head of school for the Sage Hill School in Newport Beach. But for six months between her jobs, she and her husband, Bud, have opted to take a personal-growth sabbatical overseas, spending time together and fulfilling a lifelong personal dream of enjoying travel, photography and reading in exotic locations.
The Glickmans' current plans include home stays in Marrakech, Morocco and New York City, but they will also spend time in London and with grandchildren.
Glickman's creative approach to life has extended into the work she has done at La Jolla Country Day. Her leadership has been called visionary, and she hopes she has left her students with an understanding of the importance of living a life of vision, imagination and passion.
"If you visualize yourself on the back of the camel traveling through the Atlas Mountains," Glickman said, using an analogy from her upcoming trip to Morocco, "you can plan backwards. You think about how you're going to include the Atlas Mountains in your life and see how to use that opportunity to catapult yourself to the next stage."
Everything we do, Glickman believes, can be woven into the fabric of our lives and become part of our personal, interpersonal and professional growth.
When she came to Country Day in 2001, Glickman found a school with excellent academics and a globally-reaching program which focused mainly on European cultures. The school offered Spanish and French instruction and overseas travel to some European countries. Glickman was hired, in part, because of her desire to extend those offerings to include a broader vision of the world.
"Our program now emphasizes cultural and language immersion and service learning," Glickman said.
She described a recent trip she took with a group of students to Ecuador.
"We were immersed in Incan culture," Glickman said. "We did home stays and lived within a self-sustaining community."
Glickman described how students worked with the locals to build a community store and tend an organic garden and helped teach English to the community.
"That, to me, embodies everything that is important to our students' future," Glickman said. "At this point, their world is the full world and they need to have a clear understanding of cultures beyond their homeland, a firm ability to express themselves in other languages and a clear understanding of how much of an ability they have to make a difference."
Under Glickman's leadership, Country Day has expanded exchange programs to send students and faculty to Ecuador, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Shanghai. Part of the exchanges focuses on language. The school's most recent debate is whether to include Mandarin or Arabic as a third language choice. But much of the exchange program's focus is on service learning.