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11.19.14 - Lower School Principal Search Update

I am pleased to share with you an update on the search process for our next Lower School Principal. 

We have engaged a national search consultant, Mathew Heersche from Educational Directions, Inc.  A former head of an independent Catholic school in California, Dr. Heersche has visited St. Mary’s Academy and met with members of the Search Committee.   He is advertising and posting the position throughout national networks as well as sharing the position with candidates he knows personally.  He will send to us candidates that he has vetted.  Additionally, the position remains posted on our website and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS). 

The Search Committee is chaired by Jane Hoogerwerf and includes Martha Ashley, Deborah Kasberg, Kelly Mansfield and Mark Garcia.  Last spring, the committee met to consider qualifications of the next principal.  We posted the position throughout the summer and received a number of applications. 

As we wrote in the advertisement posted on our website:  “The ideal candidate will possess an advanced degree; experience in school leadership and management; classroom experience; knowledge of 21st century school teaching practices; and excellent communication skills.  This ideal candidate welcomes and works easily with all constituents: students, teachers and parents.  The Lower School Principal is the school's spiritual leader; candidates must be comfortable being the leader of a Catholic school.”  To read the full ad please click here.

This fall, the committee has welcomed a handful of candidates to campus to conduct preliminary interviews.   Formal interviews will be conducted in January and February.  The formal interview process will include inviting parents to meet the candidates, asking the candidates to address the Lower School community and an opportunity for teachers to meet with the candidates.

It is an exciting process for our Lower School community.  I look forward to everyone being involved in January and February.  Any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

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