Head of School search

The Head of School search presents an exciting opportunity to think ambitiously about ASL’s future, and to be selective and deliberate in choosing the leader best equipped to fulfill that vision. The Search Committee is looking forward to finding an outstanding leader for our school. We are committed to a thoughtful, thorough and rigorous search, while keeping the community well informed and engaged throughout. At the same time, we must balance the desire for transparency with the need for confidentiality that is critical in any search process.

Update (7 September 2022)

Dear ASL community,

We hope that you had a restful summer and that your families are enjoying the start to a new school year. We are grateful to be together again.

We write with an update from the Head of School Search Committee.

The opportunity to lead ASL has attracted a very strong pool of candidates. Our consultants from RG175, Tom Hudnut, Debbie Reed and Jim Scott, spent the summer evaluating applications and interviewing potential candidates from a large and diverse applicant pool. We are grateful for their continued hard work.

In August, RG175 presented our committee with the dossiers of 19 highly qualified applicants. The dossiers include cover letters, CVs, interview notes and writing samples. The search committee recently met to thoroughly review and discuss these dossiers, and have now narrowed the applicant pool to the 10 most impressive semi-finalists. Each of our semi-finalists has been invited to meet with our committee for confidential in-person interviews in the next two weeks, after which we will select our finalist candidates.

Of note, prior to the dossier review, our committee met to receive bias-mitigation training. Additionally, we received guidance and best practices for reviewing applications and considering selection criteria.

Later this fall, the finalists will each visit our campus separately for a two-day visit. They will meet with representative groups across our community, such as administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents. These visits will be scheduled in the same way as was our visit from RG175 in the spring so that we can gather viewpoints on the candidates from across our community. This is also an important opportunity for the candidates to get to know and evaluate our school and see all that ASL has to offer.

After each finalist visit, members of our community will be invited to submit their feedback via an online survey. Our committee will carefully review the survey feedback and factor it into the search committee’s final recommendation to the Board of Trustees, which is ultimately responsible for the appointment of the Head-elect. We value everyone’s opinion and we hope that you can attend the sessions to meet the candidates and share your feedback via the surveys.

Please note the following tentative dates for the finalist visits:

Monday-Tuesday, 3-4 October
Thursday-Friday,13-14 October
Tuesday-Wednesday, 18-19 October

Once we have finalized the visit dates, we will be back in touch with further information and you can find updates on our webpage. Confidentiality is very important to this process so information regarding the finalists will not be distributed until just before each visit.

Once again, this is an exciting opportunity to think ambitiously about the future of our school. Thank you for your continued engagement in this most important process.

Warm regards,

Hahnah Seminara P ’24 ’27 ’30, Trustee
Co-chair, Head of School Search Committee

Kavi Thakrar P ’29 ’31, Trustee
Co-chair, Head of School Search Committee

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Members of the Search Committee include board members:

  • Hahnah Seminara (Co-chair)
  • Kavi Thakrar (Co-chair)
  • Darren Allaway
  • Alison MacDougald
  • Sherine Magar-Sawiris
  • Erin Roth
  • Nikos Stathopoulos

Faculty, staff and school administration are represented by:

  • Megan Gomm
  • Jen Kirstein
  • Ruksana Murtaza
  • Matt Twiest