The lower- and middle-school chaplain at St. Martin’s School in Metairie has been promoted to assistant head of school, establishing long-term leadership for the school in light of Merry Sorrells’ decision in April to accept a new five-year contract as head of school.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Kuhn brings more than 30 years of experience to his expanded role as assistant head of school. Prior to joining St. Martin’s, he spent more than two decades at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans, where he served for 13 years as headmaster and 7 years as chaplain. Kuhn is also the priest associate at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Metairie and has served Episcopal churches in New York City and Boston.

Sorrells, who assumed leadership of the school in 2012, is the first female head in the school’s 68-year history.

“The work she has done for our school in only a few years has had a huge impact on our students, the curriculum, and our community,” said Stephen Huber, chairman of St. Martin’s board of trustees.

Under her leadership, St. Martin’s has introduced The Idea Lab for Innovation + Design, which integrates design thinking across the curriculum with a focus on engaging students in real-world, creative, collaborative problem-solving; formed the STeaM Lab, which, with its 3-D printers and scanners, uses technology and creativity to teach design skills to elementary students; and expanded the George Cottage early childhood program.