In November 2020, Heidi Johnson announced her intention to retire as head of The Waverly School at the end of the 2020 – 2021 school year. Heidi has been our long-serving Head of School, and we are tremendously grateful for all that she has accomplished during her 25 years of service to Waverly. A national search is now underway to find Waverly’s next Head of School. Consistent with NAIS best practices, the Board of Trustees has assembled a Head of School Search Committee and retained Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a highly regarded international search firm, to work with the Search Committee. This page will be updated as the Head of School search progresses.
We welcome your suggestions and questions. For all inquiries regarding the Head of School search please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, please take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions concerning the search process.
Head Search Position Statement
Information about the Head of School Search for candidates from our search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates: Head of School Position Profile (PDF).
April 14, 2021
Dear Waverly community,
We are writing on behalf of the Search Committee to share the Permanent Head of School position profile with you. Like our Interim Head of School position profile, this document serves as a tool in the recruitment process, offering potential candidates a glimpse into our school community and culture.
Over the next few months, we will not have substantive news to announce as our consultants, Jennifer and Bob, work to recruit, interview, and vet the strongest candidates for the permanent Head of School position. We expect that they will present the Search Committee with candidates for the permanent position in mid-July from which we will select a group of semi-finalist interviews in August. Please remember that the Search Committee’s work, interviews, and interactions with potential candidates is done on a confidential basis to protect the candidates until the finalist stage for the permanent position.
The Search Committee, in consultation with Bob and Jennifer, will then select the finalists who will meet with our community in September. Unlike the search process for the Interim Head, we hope that our finalist meetings will be in-person.
After vetting all the feedback, the Search Committee will make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. We would hope to be in a position to announce the next permanent Head of School by October. The timeline outlined above is also summarized here on the school’s Head of School search webpage.
As always, if you have any questions or comments for the Search Committee, we invite you to reach out via email at email@example.com. Thank you all for the input and participation to date.
Nadine Tanio and Serita Young
Head of School Search Committee Co-Chairs
Meet the Search Committee
- Maria Brown (Parent of Aaliyah ’26 & Natalie ’24/Elementary School Teacher)
- Leo Glazé (Middle School Teacher/MS Basketball Coach)
- Jason Gottlieb (Parent of Sam ’20, Patrick ’16, & Eamonn ’15/Assistant Head of School at Elementary School)
- Greg Harrison (Parent of Eiji ’23 & Kazuo ’21/High School Teacher)
- Debbie Lennon (Parent of Megan ’11/Trustee)
- Wendy Lopata (Parent of Murray ’25 & Nolan ’22/Trustee)
- Noah Mayer (Parent of Lucy ’28, Charlie ’30, & Frankie ’33/Board of Trustees Chair): Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
- Vijay Natraj (Parent of Siddarth ’33 & Avantika ’31/Trustee)
- Jeanny Tafoya (Preschool Director & Teacher)
- Nadine Tanio (Parent of Isaac ’21/Trustee): Search Committee Co-Chair
- Joanne Toll (Parent of Jamie ’22/Trustee)
- Serita Young (Parent of Aaron ’29 & Riley ’28/Board of Trustees Vice Chair): Search Committee Co-Chair
Communications to the Waverly Community
April 12, 2021
Dear Waverly family and friends,
We are pleased to announce to you today that on the unanimous recommendation of our Search Committee, the Board of Trustees has selected John Huber as our Interim Head of School for the 2021 – 22 school year. John will begin his tenure on July 1, 2020.
John brings over 15 years’ experience as a Head of School at progressive institutions and over 25 years of experience as an educator in independent schools. John has overseen all aspects of independent school operations, including the development of academic and co-curricular programs and hiring and evaluating staff. John is a leader on diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (“DEIJ”) and is fully committed to our ongoing efforts to expand and integrate DEIJ across all of our policies and practices. Over 94% of our community who met John during his meetings across all stakeholders also agreed that John would fit right in to Waverly’s school culture. His extensive administrative experience and leadership skills make John the right person to lead Waverly during our transitional year as we continue to search for our next long-term Head of School.
We extend our deep gratitude to our entire community for your thoughtful input throughout this process. We are especially grateful to our fellow Search Committee members. Their dedication and countless hours in accomplishing this appointment in a condensed time period is extraordinary.
As you know the Search Committee’s work is ongoing as we now turn our full attention to our permanent Head of School search. Our work will enter a “quiet phase” as we begin confidentially reviewing and interviewing candidates for the permanent position. We will endeavor to adhere to our Search Timeline throughout, and you may always refer to our FAQ or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
In accepting his new position John has asked us to share the attached letter with our community. We are fully confident that John will be able to rely on our entire community, including our faculty, administrators, staff, and parents to facilitate a smooth transition and to help him, our students, teachers, staff, and community succeed in the coming year.
Please join us in welcoming John to The Waverly School!
Chair, Board of Trustees
Nadine Tanio and Serita Young
Co-Chairs, Search Committee
March 10, 2021 — Interim Head of School Search Update (PDF)
December 21, 2020 — Search Process Announcement (PDF)
December 17, 2020 — Search Committee Announcement (PDF)
November 18, 2020 — Board Chair Update and Announcement of Engagement of Carney, Sandoe & Associates (PDF)
November 18, 2020 — Retirement Announcement (PDF)
The Search Process
Download a PDF of the search process timeline here.