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Congratulations to our client schools and these newly appointed leaders, most of whom will take office in July 2019:

  • Crissy-Headshot (1)November, 2018Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, New York, has announced that Crissy Cáceres will be the next Head of School. Crissy is currently the Assistant Head of School at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. Previously, Crissy was Head of Lower School at Abington Friends School in Abington, PA, where she led a nationally-recognized Early Childhood Program and lead a Lower School division of more than 190 students and 34 faculty members. Prior to her time at Abington Friends, she was Assistant Head of Lower School at Episcopal Academy, where she also began her independent school teaching career.  Since 2009, Crissy has been a faculty member at the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute. She has served as a Middle States Accreditation Commissioner, co-chaired the People of Color Conference in Philadelphia, served on various leadership associations, and has partnered with schools and organizations nation-wide as consultant, presenter, and facilitator on various school leadership, social justice, and school culture and student engagement topics. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in a self-designed major in Urban Policy and Education with a minor in Psychology from Wellesley College. She is also a graduate of the National Association of Independent Schools’ Fellowship for Aspiring Heads.

    One of the most diverse independent schools in the region, BFS serves more than 900 students from age 2 to grade 12. Signature features of the BFS experience include a rigorous educational program culminating in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma and a thoroughgoing commitment to inclusion, equity, social justice, and service informed by Quaker principles.

     

  • Gary WeissermanNovember, 2018Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago, IL has named Gary Weisserman to be the next Head of School. Most recently, Gary was Head of School at Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles, California–the largest community/pluralistic Jewish day school in the United States. Before his time at Milken, Gary was Chief Academics Officer at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach, Florida, where he was responsible for educational programming within all five divisions of the school. Prior to working at Scheck, Gary was Head of School at Oakland Early College, a public, early college high school that serves more than 150 students in Oakland County, Michigan. Previous administrative positions include Director of Early College and K-16 initiatives at the University of Michigan-Flint and Program Director of the Interactive Communications and Simulations Group at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has taught at the University of Michigan, West Bloomfield Public Schools, and Southfield Public Schools. Gary holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A in Educational Studies and Educational Administration from the University of Michigan. He sits on the Board of Echo Horizon School, Adat Ari El Labowe Family School, and the Community Systems Foundation.

    Founded in 1946, Bernard Zell is the preeminent independent, coeducational Jewish day school in Chicago. Located in the vibrant Lakeview neighborhood on the city’s north side, the school serves approximately 530 students, Nursery to Grade 8, and offers the best of innovative education in a rigorous and nurturing learning environment. This strong community welcomes children and encourages academic exploration, inspiring students to intellectual inquiry and the joy of learning rooted in pluralistic Jewish tradition.

  • maureen-fonseca-5771142_220xx458-610-21-0November, 2018The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey, has named Maureen Fonseca as its next Head of School. Formerly Head of The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Maureen Fonseca is currently Chief Executive Officer of Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation/New York Edge, a community based organization serving 25,000 students in 110 under-resourced New York City public schools. Prior to her time at Masters, she founded St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey, a school with a mission of preparing inner city students for competitive secondary schools. Over her 12 years at St. Philip’s, she grew the school from an opening enrollment of ten children in first grade to over 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Maureen received a B.A in French and Russian from Vassar College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in French Literature from Fordham University. An active member of many professional organizations, she is currently a Board member of the French American School of New York, Chair of the Fairchester Heads Association, Treasurer of the Headmistresses Association of the East, and from 2010 – 2018 she was Commissioner on Accreditation for the New York State Association of Independent Schools.

    Founded in 1930 by Constance Chilton and Elisabeth Morrow, The Elisabeth Morrow School (EMS) began as an early childhood and lower school dedicated to the academic, social, and ethical education of young children. Today, the school serves 429 students on a 14-acre campus in suburban New Jersey, just nine miles from New York City. As it has done since its founding nearly 90 years ago, EMS continues to provide its students with a dynamic, comprehensive educational experience in a supportive, child-centered environment.

  • Booth KyleOctober, 2018Indian Creek School in Crownsville, Maryland, has named Booth Kyle as its next Head of School. Booth currently serves as the Associate Head at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington. At Lakeside, Booth is primarily responsible for overseeing Admission and Financial Aid, Athletics, Global Education, Lakeside’s Educational Enrichment Program, and Summer School Programs. He also chairs the Programs Group and was a part of Lakeside’s efforts to open The Downtown School: A Lakeside School, a micro-school  committed to providing a more affordable independent school option for academically talented students in downtown Seattle. Previously, Booth was Director of Financial Aid, Associate Director of Admission, and Head Crew Coach at Deerfield Academy. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director of Admission at Brooks School. Booth earned his B.A. in U.S. History from Connecticut College, and he holds a Masters in Education, Curriculum, and Teaching from Boston University.

    Indian Creek School is a co-educational, nonsectarian day school for 556 students age three through grade 12, currently situated on two campuses near Annapolis, Maryland. Founded in 1973, the school is distinguished by a passionate relationship with its community, its welcoming atmosphere, neuroscience-based approach to education, rich co-curricular program, and individualized teaching. ICS intentionally develops both academic and non-cognitive skills in its students, in an effort to give them a full educational experience preparing them to approach the world with confidence, curiosity, and strength of character.

     

  • Christopher Jones PHotoOctober, 2018Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina, has announced that Christopher Jones will be the next Head of School. Currently Associate Director of Schools, Director of Finance and Operations, and Interim Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Christopher is responsible for the overall administrative operations of Lab, including the budget and strategic planning; and he recently completed a $200 million renovation and expansion of the campus. Christopher received an A.B. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2002 and an M.B.A. from University’s Booth School of Business in 2017. He is a ten-year member of the International Association of School Business Officers and sits on the University of Chicago’s Emergency Management and Council and Employee Benefits Committee.

    Founded in 1969, Cannon School has quickly become a leader in JrK-12 education in Charlotte and the Southeast region. Serving over 1,000 students from Concord and the surrounding communities, Cannon offers a rigorous but balanced education that prepares students to meet the challenges of a dynamic and unpredictable future.

  • Megan McHughAugust, 2018The Agnes Irwin School has appointed Megan McHugh to be the school’s Associate Director of Lower School Admission and Outreach. Megan comes to Agnes Irwin from Holy Child at Rosemont, where she was Director of Admission. Previously, she served for six years as the Parents’ Liaison at Holy Child as a member of the Advancement Office. Megan holds a B.A. in journalism from Temple University.

    Founded by Miss Agnes Irwin, the first Dean of Radcliffe College and the great‐great granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin, The Agnes Irwin School (AIS) has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of girls and young women since 1869. Serving 606 girls in Pre‐Kindergarten through 12th grade, AIS is an independent day school offering a lively and stimulating environment in which to work and learn.

     

     

  • Joseph BradleyApril, 2018Joseph Bradley has been appointed Head of School at Davidson Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently, Mr. Bradley served as President and CEO of Phoenix Christian in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, he was Head of School at Dominian Christian Schools in Marietta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Colorado and an M.Ed. in Leadership of Educational Organizations from American Intercontinental University.

    Founded in 1980 as Madison Christian School, Davidson Academy has grown over the past three and a half decades to serve more than 730 students in grades PK-12. Guided by its commitment to providing a Christ-centered education for students throughout the Nashville area, the interdenominational school’s mission and purpose are best captured in its motto: preparing students for college, life, and eternity.

  • kate merrittApril, 2018The John Thomas Dye School has named Kate Merritt as its next Director of Advancement. Since 2014, Ms. Merritt has served as Associate Director of Advancement for Annual Fund and Alumni Programs at Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Previously she held a number of positions at Cate School in Carpinteria, California, including Parent Fund and Events Manager and Research and Special Projects Assistant. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Wakeforest University.

    Founded in 1929 and ranking among the nation’s premier independent elementary schools, The John Thomas Dye School provides 336 students in grades K-6 an educational experience that is both traditional and dynamic. Situated atop a wooded canyon on a charming 10-acre campus in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, JTD has offered generations of young people an idyllic environment for learning.

     

     

  • Jennifer BeltramoMarch, 2018Jennifer Beltramo has been named the next Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of San Jose, California. Currently Director of Academic Excellence for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Ms. Beltramo has served as a teacher, school principal, and the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Archdiocese. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies, an M.Ed., and an M.A. in Educational Administration, all from the University of Notre Dame.

    The Diocese of San Jose is based in Santa Clara County, which is home to more than 600,000 Catholics. Serving the residents of Silicon Valley, the Diocese supports 54 parishes and missions, and three college and university campus ministries. The Diocese’s Department of Education oversees 34 schools that serve more than 15,700 students across 14 cities and townships. Harnessing the local spirit of innovation while remaining rooted in its Catholic mission, the school system is ensuring that Catholic education remains a vibrant, attractive option for the diverse population of Santa Clara County.

  • K-VellaMarch, 2018Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ, has appointed Karyn Vella as the next Assistant Head of School for Development. Since 2012, Karyn has been Assistant Head for External Affairs, Campaign Director, and Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, NY. Previously, she was Director of Annual Giving at Winchester Thurston School and has worked at Shady Side Academy, Brophy College Preparatory, Bryn Mawr School, and Oldfields School in a variety of roles. Karyn is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth College.

    Founded in 1864, Peddie School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school of 550 students, grades 9 through post-graduate. It is primarily a boarding school, with 63 percent of the students and 90 percent of the faculty living on campus. Among the nation’s premier boarding and day schools, Peddie School is known as a thriving institution with a warm, unpretentious, entrepreneurial culture.

  • Heather Haas photoFebruary, 2018Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, TX, has announced that Heather Haas will be the next Head of Middle School. Heather is currently the Middle School Science Department Chair at the Greenhill School in Dallas where she has been for the past five years. Prior to Greenhill, Heather taught social studies, science, and math in both the Lewisville ISD and Houston ISD school systems.  She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences from Texas A&M and will complete her Masters in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in April 2019.

    Established as a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 1970 and separately incorporated in 1990, Annunciation Orthodox School today ranks among Houston’s leading independent schools, serving nearly 700 boys and girls from age three through grade eight. AOS provides a challenging, well-rounded academic curriculum within a nurturing Christian environment focused on family and community.

  • Gene CampbellFebruary, 2018The Browning School in New York, New York, has named Gene Campbell as the next Head of Upper School. For the past 12 years, Gene has been a teacher and administrator at St. Albans School. In addition to his duties as Senior Dean of Students, he also serves as assistant Director of Upper School Admission, teaches English, helped to create the school’s character education and advisory curriculum, and has coached football and basketball. Prior to his arrival at St. Albans, Mr. Campbell taught at the Kent School in Connecticut. He earned a B.A. in English from Georgetown University and an M.A. in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.

    Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving 402 students in kindergarten through Grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a single-sex setting – to inspire wonder, self-confidence, achievement, and a strong sense of brotherhood among its students.

  • Nigel FurlongeFebruary, 2018Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York, New York, has named Nigel Furlonge as the Upper School’s next Principal. Nigel has been Associate Head of School at Holderness School since 2015. Previous posts include Admissions Director and Dean of Students and Residential Life at Christina Seix Academy, Academic Dean at Lawrenceville School, and Director of Studies at St. Andrew’s School. Nigel is a graduate of Boston Latin School and holds a B.A. in American History with a minor in African American Studies from The University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in American History from Villanova University, and an M.Ed. in Organization and Private School Leadership from Columbia University.

    Since its founding in 1878, Ethical Culture Fieldston School has been a beacon of progressive education in America. Known among New York City independent schools as a place where children are simultaneously encouraged to revel in the joys of childhood and confront the challenges presented by the modern world, ECFS emphasizes ethical thinking, academic excellence, and student-centered learning.

  • Danielle PassnoFebruary, 2018The Browning School in New York, New York, has announced that Danielle Passno will be the next Head of Middle School. Danielle is currently serving as Director of Outreach and Public Purpose at The Spence School and is on the faculty of the Klingenstein Summer Institute. Prior to her current position at Spence, Danielle was Upper School Dean of Student Life and Leadership, Grade 9 Dean, and an Upper and a Middle School Math Teacher at the school. Danielle holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Engineering Sciences modified with Studio Art with minors in English and Education and an M.A. in Education Leadership from Columbia University.

    Founded by scholar and teacher John A. Browning, The Browning School has been a leader in fostering the intellectual and personal growth of boys and young men since 1888. Serving 402 students in kindergarten through Grade 12, Browning strives to combine the best of a traditional prep school environment and curriculum with imaginative teaching and a strong value system – all in a single-sex setting – to inspire wonder, self-confidence, achievement, and a strong sense of brotherhood among its students.

  • Paul PassamonteFebruary, 2018Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, HI, has announced that Paul Passamonte will be the school’s next High School Principal. Since 2010, Paul has been Middle School Principal at Hong Kong International School. Previously he was High School Principal at International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile, and Middle School Principal at International School Manila in Manila, Philippines. Paul holds a B.S. in K-12 Special Education and Middle School Mathematics from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from De La Salle University.

    Mid‐Pacific Institute was incorporated in 1908 through the combination of Kawaiaha’o Seminary for Girls (established in 1864) and Mills Institute for Boys (established in 1892). Mid-Pacific is an independent college‐preparatory day school of 1,570 students in preschool through grade 12. Situated on a spacious 40‐acre campus in the beautiful Manoa Valley, it is one of the nation’s most dynamic and forward‐looking independent schools.

  • Joanie Dean for WickendenFebruary, 2018Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York, New York, has appointed Joanie Dean as its next Prep School Director. Joanie has worked at CGPS since 2000, serving as Assistant Director of the Prep School, Dean of Academics, Dean of Academic and Administrative Affairs, and Math Department Head. Prior to her time at CGPS, she taught math at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, NY, and at Government High School Fundong in Cameroon during her time as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps. Joanie received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. in Mathematics Secondary Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and an Ed.M. in Leadership for Educational Change from Bank Street College of Education.

    Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to more than 1,300 students in Pre‐Kindergarten through Grade 12. Serving 583 students in grades 8‐12, the Preparatory School program is overseen by a talented and seasoned 108‐member faculty.

  • Brian MahoneyJanuary, 2018Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey, has announced that Brian Mahoney will be the next President. Since 2011, Brian has served as Headmaster of EF Academy in Thornwood, New York. Previously, he was Headmaster of Rockland Country Day School. Before his time at Rockland, he was Middle School Director at The Harvey School. Brian holds a B.A. in History from Siena College and an M.S. in Teaching and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Fordham University.

    Founded in 1955, Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey, delivers a traditional, values‐ centered Catholic education in a 21st century learning environment that prepares young men in grades 9– 12 for lives of leadership, devotion, and service. Bergen Catholic educates the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – by deepening religious faith, developing academic excellence, and strengthening social consciousness and responsibility.

  • Doug BrophyJanuary, 2018The Town School in New York, New York, has announced that Douglas Brophy will be its next Head of School. Currently Academic Dean of The Spence School, Doug serves as Chair of the Academic Planning Committee, K-12 Curriculum Team, and Equity Council. He is a member of the Long Range Planning, College Counseling, Technology, and Building Planning and Design Committees. He is the Vice Chair of the New York Association of Independent Schools Accreditation Team and Chair of the Diversity Job Fair Panel. Doug received a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. with a concentration in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He completed an M.Ed. at Stanford University in 1998. In 2006, he received an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

    The Town School is an independent coeducational day school serving approximately 400 children from Nursery 3s through Grade 8. Since 1913, Town has fostered the educational principle of “Joy with Purpose” by blending both tradition and innovation in order to provide young students with an engaging educational experience designed to inspire creativity, curiosity, and healthy risk taking. A warm, inclusive, diverse, and values-centered school community, Town is dedicated to excellence in academics balanced with an emphasis on joy, nurture, innovation, and character development.

  • Manning WeirJanuary, 2018Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, has announced that Manning Weir will be the next Upper School Principal. Manning has been Upper School Principal at The Brookstone School since 2011. He served as Upper School Assistant Principal at Stratford Academy from 2007-2011 and was Director of Student Life at Memphis University School from 2001-2007 after joining the school in 1998 as Academic Counselor. Manning holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in American History from Connecticut College and an M.S. in Psychology from The University of Memphis.

    As the largest Episcopal parish day school in the country, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School educates more than 1,350 students from age 3 to grade 12. The school offers a balanced college preparatory program to 525 Upper School students, emphasizing academics, athletics, arts, and spiritual growth. Rooted in the Episcopal tradition, HIES is known for its welcoming, supportive environment and commitment to the common good.

  • Sam FragomeniJanuary, 2018Ethical Culture Fieldston School has named Joseph McCauley as the next Principal of Fieldston Lower School. Since 2014, Joe has been Assistant Head of Pre and Lower School at The Packer Collegiate Institute. He joined Packer in 2008 as a fourth-grade teacher.  During his time there, he has been Director of the Teacher Mentor Program, Leader of Year-long Staff Development Groups, and a member of the Lower School Curriculum Leadership Team and the Strategic Plan Task Force on Community and Identity. Joe earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.S. in Elementary Education from Hunter College.

    Since its founding in 1878, Ethical Culture Fieldston School has been a beacon of progressive education in America. Known among New York City independent schools as a place where children are simultaneously encouraged to revel in the joys of childhood and confront the challenges presented by the modern world, ECFS emphasizes ethical thinking, academic excellence, and student-centered learning.

  • jenn-rhodesJanuary, 2018Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School has named Jennifer Rhodes as its next Director of Development. Since 2013, Jennifer has been Director of Institutional Advancement at The Cathedral School in New York City. Previously, she was the Senior Advancement officer at Viewpoint School in Los Angeles and Alumnae Director for The Chapin Centennial Campaign at The Chapin School in New York. Jennifer Holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Rollins College and is a graduate of The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut.

    Founded in 1764, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School (CGPS) is one of the nation’s oldest private schools and the largest independent school in Manhattan. CGPS offers a rigorous and comprehensive college preparatory education to more than 1,300 students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Relaxed, caring, and more academically diverse than many of its peer New York City independent schools, CGPS seeks to inspire and support students in an atmosphere that is cooperative rather than intensely competitive.

  • joe-coxDecember, 2017La Jolla Country Day School in La Jolla, California, has named Dr. Joseph Cox as its next Head of Upper School. Joe is currently serving as Interim Head of Upper School. Prior to his time at La Jolla, Joe was Headmaster at the Haverford School for 15 years. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Education and served as the Executive Director of the International Boys’ School Coalition. Joe is a retired Army Colonel and served as a Professor of English at the United States Military Academy.

    Joe Holds a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Lafayette College.

    La Jolla Country Day School is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood through Grade 12. The school prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”

     

  • Sam FragomeniDecember 2017Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston, Texas, has appointed Sam Fragomeni as its next Head of School. In 2014, Sam began his work with Explore Schools in Brooklyn, which serves more than 2,000 students in its four elementary and middle schools. Initially the Managing Director of Leadership Development, he was promoted to Chief Academic Officer, where he was tasked with creating and executing the schools’ academic vision. Before his time at Explore, he spent nine years at Harlem Village Academies, serving as Director of Elementary Schools & Lead Principal, Middle School Principal, and as a fifth grade teacher. In the fall of 2017, Sam moved to Houston with his wife, who recently took a position at MD Anderson.

    Sam holds a B.A. in Government and Psychology and an Ed.M in Elementary Education from the University of Notre Dame. He earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Pennsylvania.

    Established as a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 1970 and separately incorporated in 1990, Annunciation Orthodox School today ranks among Houston’s leading independent schools, serving nearly 700 boys and girls from age three through grade eight. AOS provides a challenging, well‐rounded academic curriculum within a nurturing Christian environment focused on family and community.

  • Helvie-Sherri_640x640_High-150x150December 2017The Orchard School has announced that Dr. Sherri Helvie will be the school’s next Head. Sherri currently serves as the Assistant Head of School at Gateway School, a premier progressive K-8 school in Santa Cruz, California. Before she was promoted to her current post at Gateway, she served as Middle School Coordinator. Previously, she taught Ancient and Medieval Literature at Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, and she also served as English Department Chair and Director of the After-School Tutoring Program. Simultaneously, she taught courses on Charles Dickens and 20th century British fiction at University of California-Santa Cruz. Before her time in education, Sherri worked as a project manager in Silicon Valley.

    Sherri holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, as well as a master’s degree in English with emphases in Women’s Literature and Critical Theory, and a minor in Classical Greek. She earned her doctorate in Literature with a degree notation in Women’s Studies from University of California-Santa Cruz.

    The Orchard School is a nonsectarian independent school serving 555 students, age 3 to grade 8. For nearly a century, Orchard has honored the vision of its founders by offering a joyful learning environment grounded in experiential learning, curricular integration, ready access to the outdoors, and emphasis on the unique academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each child.

  • michelle bartonDecember 2017The Shlenker School in Houston, Texas, has announced that Michelle Barton will be its next Head of School.  Michelle joins Shlenker from the Rabbi Jacob Pressman Academy in Los Angeles where she currently serves as the Elementary School Principal. Prior to her appointment as Principal, Michelle served for five years as Lead Teacher in third grade and for one year as Literacy Coordinator.

    Michelle received her B.A. cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned Dean’s Honor’s List. Michelle is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education in the Educational Leadership Program at UCLA and expects to receive her degree during the summer of 2018.

    Founded in 1987 by Congregation Beth Israel, with which it shares a well‐equipped 16‐acre campus, The Shlenker School offers a 10‐year program for more than 325 children from 15 months old through grade 5. As a Reform Jewish Day School integrating Jewish learning into all areas of the curriculum, Shlenker aspires to instill in its students a strong sense of Jewish identity and positive self‐esteem.

  • Fech_Scott5_(003)December 2017Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has named Scott Fech as its next Head of School. Currently Director of the Upper School at Nova Southeastern University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Scott previously served as High School Principal and Director of Educational Programs at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from 2012-2017. Additionally, Scott has been a guest lecturer at the university level and served on the Board of ChiTech Academy Charter High School in Chicago. Scott holds a B.S. in Education from Indiana University, a Master of Theological Studies from University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, an M.S. in Education from Purdue University-Calumet, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Loyola University Chicago.

    Committed to cultivating confident, curious, students who are articulate and self-directed, Winchester Thurston serves 685 students, grades Pre-K-12, on two campuses. Guided by its founding credo, “Think also of the comfort and the rights of others,” Winchester Thurston School has been a beacon of progressive education in Pittsburgh since it opened its doors in 1887.
  • Billy HandmakerDecember 2017Billy Handmaker has been named the next Head of Keystone School in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2011, he has been Head of Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has served as a teacher and administrator in independent schools since 1989. From 1989-96, Billy taught history, chaired the History Department, and served as the Dean of Faculty and the Assistant Head for Faculty and Curriculum at Whitfield School in St. Louis. From 1996-2011, Billy was the Head of School and taught history at Crossroads College Preparatory School in St. Louis. Billy earned a B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University and an M.A. in Teaching/History from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Founded in 1948, Keystone School serves more than 500 academically talented and motivated students in grades PK3-12. Keystone students are self-assured and academically-ambitious. It is a school with a fervent intellectual culture that cultivates a fierce love of learning and deep commitment to achievement and excellence.
  • Dan quesnelDecember 2017The Oakwood School in Greenville, North Carolina, has named Dan Quesnel as its next Head of School. Dan has worked at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, North Carolina since 2007. Initially a Middle School teacher, coach, and the school’s General Counsel, Dan has served as Middle School Director and General Counsel since 2013. Prior to Dan’s independent school career, he practiced law in a number of areas and industries, including education. Dan received a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina Asheville.

    Founded in 1996, The Oakwood School serves more than 320 students, grades PreK-12. Driven by its mission to instill in its students the wisdom, creativity, and strength of character needed to make a difference in the world, the Oakwood community is earnest, warm, and motivated by a genuine love of learning and teaching.
  • November 2017Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School (CRSJ) in San José, California, has appointed Dr. Margaret Higgins to serve as President, beginning in December. Dr. Higgins brings 25 years of experience working in Catholic colleges and universities including Santa Clara University (SCU), the University of San Francisco, The Catholic University of America, Merrimack College, and Suffolk University. Since 2015, she has worked at SCU, initially as Director of Development and, beginning in 2016, as Senior Director of Development and Scholarship Initiatives. Before her time at SCU, Dr. Higgins served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Salve Regina University, Assistant to the President at San Francisco University, and Dean of Students at The Catholic University of America.

    Dr. Higgins holds a B.S. in Communication Disorders from the College of Saint Rose, an M.Ed. in Guidance and Psychological Services from Springfield College, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy from The Catholic University of America.

    One of 32 schools in the national Cristo Rey Network, CRSJ serves approximately 500 low-income students in grades 9-12. CRSJ blends rigorous academic preparation, significant professional work experience, broad-based preparation for college, and Jesuit values to create a culture of high expectations that empowers young people to succeed and lead as men and women for others.

     

  • November 2017Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia, has named Ashley Harper as its next Head of School, beginning in July, 2018.  Currently serving as director of Advancement at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ms. Harper has been at the school since her 2012 appointment as Director of Lower School. Prior to her time at Winchester Thurston, Ms. Harper served as Middle School Director at the Brookwood School in Thomasville, Georgia, where she also taught algebra and 5th grade. Ms. Harper holds a B.A. in Economics from Florida State University and an M.A. in Teaching and Learning and Curriculum and Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. She was a National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring School Heads Fellow in 2011-2012.

    Founded in 1972 and located since 1996 on a campus 50 miles outside of Washington, D.C., Wakefield is an independent day school serving 301 students this year in junior kindergarten through grade 12. A vibrant learning community, Wakefield fosters a spirit of inquiry and the development of the skills and habits necessary for success in college and beyond.