September 21, 2023
Dear Harborlight Friends,
We are reaching out to provide you with an update on our Head of School search process and to alert you to some important upcoming activities.
As you know, we have recently retained Carney, Sandoe, & Associates (CS&A) to lead the search for our next Head of School. With the help of our consultants at CS&A, we are launching a global search for our new Head of School. Throughout the process, we are committed to keeping the community informed while also respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process.
A vital component of the process will be a visit to the school by our consultants John Faubert and Burke Zalosh on Tuesday, September 26, and Wednesday, September 27 to meet with parents, faculty, administrators, staff, trustees, and students to develop a highly informed profile of the qualities and abilities that our school community is seeking in its next leader. It is critically important that we hear your thoughts and receive input from you throughout the search process. These meetings will be an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the search and to voice your ideas about the qualities you value in our next Head of School. Please mark your calendars to attend one of these sessions.
Parents are invited to attend one of two open sessions:
Tuesday, September 26, at 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 27, 8:30 am - 9:30 am
Times for faculty and staff to meet with the CS&A consultants will be distributed internally.
All interested parties will also have an additional opportunity to provide feedback by participating in a community-wide, online survey. On or about September 26, we will email you a link to a confidential survey so that you can share your views. We strongly encourage all members of our community to participate in the survey, as this will be another important avenue through which CS&A and the Search Committee will be able to capture the valuable insights of each constituent group.
With input and information gained from on-campus meetings and from our community survey, we will complete a final Harborlight Head of School position profile, which is one of many ways we will be publicizing this search. To keep the search timeline on track, our consultants will be conducting preliminary screening of candidates this month and after preliminary and semi-finalist interviews during the fall, we will identify a group of finalists to bring back to the School for public, on-campus interviews/forums this winter. Flexibility is a key component of this process, so please understand that the timing of some of these events may shift as we proceed. Updates will be provided through periodic emails and a dedicated section of the school’s website will provide additional information.
The ultimate responsibility for hiring a new Head of School rests with the Board of Trustees. To aid in that effort, the Board has appointed a Search Committee comprised of trustees, faculty, current and former parents. This group brings a deep understanding of Harborlight Montessori and represents a broad range of perspectives and voices.
The members of the Search Committee are:
1. Brandi Johnson, current parent, Board Vice Chair, and Search Co-Chair
2. Dean Tsouvalas, Board Member, Search Co-Chair
3. Eileen Caruso, current parent, Board Chair
4. Sue Sullivan, Upper Elementary Teacher
5. Cynthia Perreault, Lower Elementary Teacher
6. Jose Iglesias, current parent
7. John Cusolito, former parent, Board Member
If you have any questions or concerns about this process, or if you have someone to recommend for the Head of School position, please email us at email@example.com
The Board of Trustees is committed to finding an extraordinary leader who embraces Harborlight’s mission and values and can lead our school into an exciting and successful future. Thank you in advance for your participation and support in this important initiative.
Brandi Johnson, Search Co-Chair
Dean Tsouvalas, Search Co-Chair