Head of School Search

 

The Search Process
Follow this page for the latest updates on Village School's Head of School Search. 
 

Mrs. Nora Malone current Head of School

Current Head of School,  Nora Malone will conclude her tenure with Village School at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. By the time of her departure, Nora will have led Village for 23 years and will have been the most instrumental leader in shaping Village School into the wonderful and successful institution that it is today. We will miss her greatly.
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Head of School Search Update: 08/06/19

Dear Village School Community,

Welcome back to school! Our head of school search process has advanced over the summer, and we are pleased to provide an update on our progress.

Over the last three months, the Search Committee, in partnership with our consultants from Carney Sandoe & Associates (CS&A), evaluated a highly qualified slate of candidates with an impressive breadth of experience from all over the country. We assessed each candidate's educational background, work experience and, most importantly, cultural fit with the Village School mission and community. We reviewed dozens of resumes, conducted phone screens, engaged in extensive one-on-one discussions, and hosted 12 semi-finalist candidates for in-depth interviews.

We are pleased to announce that we have narrowed our search down to four exceptional finalists, each of whom possesses the experience, leadership capabilities, and mission orientation that we are seeking in our next head of school. We are optimistic about all four of the candidates and the unique perspective each would bring to a potential headship at Village.

The four finalists will come to meet our Village School community in late September and early October. The purpose of these campus visits is not to determine whether the candidates are qualified – the Search Committee has already made this determination. Instead, it is to provide each candidate with a chance to experience our community first-hand, as well as to provide an opportunity for all Village School constituents to gain a sense for how each candidate fits within our culture.  

Each finalist will be on campus for two full days to participate in individual and group meetings with faculty, staff, administration, trustees, students, VSPA, parents and alumni.  A survey will be distributed to the community after each candidate's visit to gather feedback. The Search Committee will consider the input from the surveys, in combination with other factors, to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Once approved by the Board, the new head of school will be announced to the community, ideally by the end of the calendar year.  Nora Malone will continue to serve as our head through the remainder of the school year and is deeply committed to working with the Board of Trustees and the incoming head to ensure a smooth transition. The new head of school will assume the position as of July 1, 2020.

To respect the confidentiality of the candidates, finalist names and bios will be shared with the community 1-2 days prior to their respective visits. We strongly encourage everyone to attend an open forum for each candidate and to utilize the survey to provide feedback. As always, survey responses will be anonymous and compiled by CS&A. The Search Committee is committed to listening to your feedback and we take this responsibility very seriously.

Please mark your calendar for the following open forums for parents, alumni, and alumni parents which will provide you with an opportunity to hear from our finalists and engage in a Q&A session.

FINALIST OPEN FORUM SCHEDULE FOR PARENTS AND ALUMNI (in the Library):

  • September 19, 6:00 p.m. – Candidate #1
  • September 23, 6:00 p.m. – Candidate #2
  • September 26, 6:00 p.m. – Candidate #3
  • October 3, 6:00 p.m. – Candidate #4

On behalf of our entire Search Committee, we sincerely thank you for your support, patience, and engagement in this process. We are optimistic about our panel of finalists and hope you all enjoy meeting them in the coming weeks. As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly.

Sincerely,
Mary Genow & Suzanne Ginestro
Co-Chairs, Search Committee

Head of School Search Update: 07/31/19

Village Community,

It has been a very productive summer as it relates to our search for the next Head of Village School. Throughout the summer, the Search Committee has been working diligently with our search consultants, Carney Sandoe & Associates, reviewing materials from a number of candidates.  Carney Sandoe has built an outstanding pool of candidates who come with great experience and diverse backgrounds.  We are on track with our timeline and are feeling confident in the process and potential outcomes.  As a next step, the Search Committee will be conducting face-to-face interviews with the goal of inviting a smaller subset of candidates to campus in September for the community to meet.  As always, confidentiality of the candidate pool is critical at this point in time, but we look forward to sharing more information with the community once we complete our interviews. 

Best,
Suzanne & Mary
Search Committee Co-Chairs

Head of School Search Update: 04/26/19

Meet Carney Sandoe & Associates!

We are thrilled to announce that we have hired Carney Sandoe & Associates to lead our Head of School search process. Carney Sandoe brings a wealth of knowledge about independent schools from their nearly 40 years of experience in placing school leaders, administrators, and educators both inside and outside of the United States.  They are a highly regarded firm and have successfully placed heads of school for several prominent independent schools in Los Angeles, including Brentwood School, The Center for Early Education, and St. Matthews.

 

Many thanks,
Mary Genow & Suzanne Ginestro
Search Committee Co-Chairs & Trustees

Search Committee Members

Kenzo Bergeron
Lead Math Specialist Teacher 

Mary Genow
Search Committee Co-Chair
Village School Trustee
 

Suzanne Ginestro
Search Committee Co-Chair
Village School Trustee 

Jennifer Heenan
Village School Trustee

Shea Morris
Kindergarten Teacher 

Jeff Richardson
Village School Trustee

Mark Rosenbaum
Board Chair 

Lisa Pierson Weinberger
VSPA Executive Committee Member

Meet the Search Committee