Head of School Search: Community Update

Dear Bertschi community,
We are making great progress in Bertschi’s Head of School search and want to share an exciting update with you.
As you know, last spring we began the process of identifying and selecting the next dynamic leader for Bertschi School. A tremendous amount of work has taken place since then, and we have reached an important milestone. We are thrilled and moved by the number of outstanding educational leaders who have expressed interest in becoming part of our Bertschi community. Our school has attracted a talented and diverse pool of candidates that is local and national in scope. Clearly, Bertschi’s reputation, strong community, and incredible faculty and staff are well known and held in very high regard in the educational field. 
In mid-September, our search partners, Storbeck Search, forwarded the dossiers of the most highly-qualified candidates for the Search Committee’s review and deliberation. This past week, the Search Committee chose a group of semifinalists who have been invited for interviews that will be conducted over the next couple weeks. At this time, all candidates have been promised confidentiality through this stage in the search process. We can tell you that the depth of experience, expertise, and visionary thinking among the group is tremendous and signals a very bright future for our beloved school.
Three candidates will be selected as finalists to spend two days meeting with our community during the weeks of October 18, October 25, and November 1. When we confirm the precise dates and times for each visit, we will let you know.

We strongly encourage you to come meet the finalists, ask questions, and share your feedback with us (hossearch@bertschi.org). This decision is an important one, and we appreciate your engagement in the process. Our trustees and Search Committee are committed to selecting the very best leader to be our next Head of School. As always, please be in touch with any questions or thoughts.


Tiffany Kelly-Gray & Dave Morris
Trustees & HOS Search Committee Co-Chairs 
Search Committee Members

Raney Cumbow | Fifth Grade Teacher (Upper Division Rep)
Mia Santos Herrmann | Library Specialist, Current Parent
Celeste Macapia | Trustee, Current Parent
Becca Ochiltree | Trustee, Current Parent
Bernadette Bulacan Starin | Trustee (past Board President), Alumni Parent
Michael Sung | Bertschi Parent Council President, Current Parent
Chris Walker | Trustee, Current Parent
Melinda Williams | Trustee (Board President), Current and Alumni Parent
Shannon Yergen | First Grade Teacher (Lower Division Rep)

hossearch@bertschi.org | Head of School Search webpage
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