Head of School Search

As announced in June 2018, Speyer has begun a search for a new Head of School. After completing her four-year contract with Speyer in June 2019, Dr. Tischler will be taking up a new role in 2019-20 to work in consultation with our country’s leading experts in gifted education to develop a proprietary training and professional development curriculum for the Speyer faculty.

While the primary responsibility for managing the process of nominating the next Head of School lies with the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees is committed to making this an inclusive process and will provide opportunities for community input through in-person gatherings and electronic surveys. All announcements regarding the search process and Search Committee activities can be found on this page. Please check back for information and see below for updates.

SEPTEMBER 12 VISIT WITH DEIRDRE LING AND JO BUTLER OF EDUCATORS' COLLABORATIVE

All current parents are encouraged to meet the Educators’ Collaborative consultants during  a drop-in session with Deirdre and Jo at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, September 12.

HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH CONSTITUENT SURVEY

All members of the Speyer community are encouraged to fill out this brief survey, which will help the Search Committee in their process of finding and nominating a new Head of School. Please click on the link below to provide your insight and thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpeyerSearch

MESSAGE FROM SEARCH COMMITTEE CHAIR, JENNIFER SELENDY

This message was sent to the Speyer community on September 5, 2018:


Dear Members of the Speyer Legacy Community, 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am writing to share with you an update regarding our search process for the next Head of The Speyer Legacy School, who will succeed Barbara Tischler on or about July 1, 2019. As I mentioned in my message to you in June, the Board has appointed a Search Committee to conduct a comprehensive national search for a new Head of School. I am chairing the Search Committee and will be joined by the following members: Olga Breydo, Dr. Dev Brar, Kristina Berger, Leah Gardiner, Marjorie Mvemba, Matt Thoren, Samantha Gabrielli, and Diane Borgmann (Head of the Sycamore School).

While the primary responsibility for managing the process of nominating the next Head of School lies with the Search Committee, the Board of Trustees is committed to making this an inclusive process and will provide opportunities for community input through in-person gatherings and electronic surveys. The first opportunities in this regard will occur when our search consultants visit the school, presently scheduled for Wednesday, September 12, and through the brief on-line constituent survey which we would appreciate you completing. The survey can be found at: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SpeyerSearch

Deirdre Ling and Jo Butler of Educators’ Collaborative, a national consulting firm which specializes in working with independent schools, have been engaged to assist us with our search. As noted above, the Educators’ Collaborative consultants will be visiting Speyer Legacy on September 12, to interview members of the school community and to meet with the Search Committee. They have already begun the work of building a pool of candidates by listing the position with appropriate agencies and associations, contacting selected educational leaders to solicit recommendations for the position, and reaching out to potential candidates with whom they and their colleagues are familiar. After the candidate pool has been developed, the Search Committee will meet to review the credentials of the top candidates identified by our consultants. 

I would like to invite all current parents who are not already scheduled to meet the Educators’ Collaborative consultants to attend a drop-in session with Deirdre and Jo at 3:30pm on September 12.

The Speyer community can follow the Search Committee’s progress on the Speyer Legacy website where there will be a Head of School search process page which you may access within the next few weeks. Our goal is to complete the search process and announce the appointment of a new Head of School no later than December and perhaps earlier.

If you have questions, we encourage you to talk with members of the Search Committee. The members of the Search Committee and Board of Trustees are grateful for your support and will offer periodic updates on the search as the process moves forward. We look forward to seeing current parents at the information session in September. 

Sincerely,
Jennifer Selendy, Chair
Head of School Search Committee

HEAD OF SCHOOL SEARCH COMMITTEE

Jennifer Selendy, Chair
Olga Breydo
Dr. Dev Brar
Kristina Berger
Leah Gardiner
Marjorie Mvemba
Matt Thoren
Samantha Gabrielli
Diane Borgmann (Head of the Sycamore School)

Information for candidates

Deirdre Ling and Jo Butler of Educators’ Collaborative, a national consulting firm which specializes in working with independent schools, have been engaged to assist Speyer with the Head of School search. You can read information about our search on the Educators’ Collaborative web site here, and also peruse the Information for Candidates here.