Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends,
As the search for our new Head of School gains momentum, I wanted to take a moment to re-introduce the Search Committee and update you on the exciting work in which we’ve been engaged. The Board of Trustees created the Search Committee to help identify candidates for the permanent Head of School position, and we humbly ask the entire community to be involved in this important process. The Search Committee is dedicated to a professional, open and inclusive process and is looking forward to keeping you informed along the way. Our Committee members are listed on the right sidebar of this page for your easy reference.
As announced at Back to School Night and upon recommendation from the Search Committee, the School has engaged the services of Carney, Sandoe & Associates (CS&A), a nationally recognized educational recruiting firm specializing in independent schools. We selected CS&A after thorough research, interviews and reference checks and are confident the School will benefit from CS&A's nationwide network of contacts and industry expertise in Head of School searches.
Another tremendous advantage of partnering with CS&A is the ability to work with a dedicated, personal consultant throughout the entire process. Marlene Shaw will serve in this capacity for Greensboro Montessori School, and we are looking forward to the rich experience and caring focus she will bring to our search.
Marlene is a former Head of School at Chatham Hall School in Chatham, Va. and St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn. Marlene holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Education in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans. She has also completed postgraduate work in financial stability, advancement and major gifts for independent schools and has attended the Harvard Counseling Institute. For the last four years, Marlene has worked as a senior search consultant for CS&A.
Marlene has already begun working with the Search Committee and School administration to cultivate her relationship with and knowledge of our School. We are excited to welcome her to campus from September 27th through 29th to further her understanding of our unique needs for our next Head of School. While here, she has requested to meet with you, our parents and friends of the School, along with the Teaching Faculty, Administration, Alumni, Search Committee and Board of Trustees.
Prior to her arriving, Marlene would like to gather preliminary views from the community via an online survey which will be sent this Monday, September 19. On behalf of the Search Committee, I respectfully request you make every effort to participate in this survey. Marlene will be recruiting from a large variety of excellent educational leaders who will want to understand Greensboro Montessori School through the eyes of all of us in our school community. Through your survey input and the insights from her visit, Marlene will work with the Search Committee to formulate the formal Head of School position description which will be a primary communication piece used for recruiting candidates.
I look forward to keeping you informed of our efforts and progress throughout the search process. If you have any questions or specific input for me, the Search Committee or Marlene, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, and more importantly, please take advantage of upcoming opportunities – like the survey and soon-to-be-announced meeting times with Marlene – to provide feedback.
Search Committee Chair