Head of School Search
On April 14, 2021, Gladwyne Montessori announced that Carrie Kries will be transitioning from her role as Head of School at the end of the 2021-22 school year, coincident with the end of her contract.
At that time, Carrie will have worked with our community for more than six years. We are profoundly grateful for her energy, enthusiasm, partnership and commitment to our mission, but most especially for her heartfelt interest in advocating for our students as they embark on a lifetime of learning.
The Board of Trustees’ most critical work at an independent school is identifying, recruiting, hiring, and supporting a mission-aligned Head of School. Gladwyne Montessori's Board has enlisted the help of Educators' Collaborative, a well-known, national firm that specializes in providing Head of School and Senior Administrator search services as well as strategic planning and leadership coaching to independent schools. Their partners have decades of academic institutional leadership experience both in the U.S. and abroad, have developed a solid track record in identifying heads for Montessori schools and are confident in their ability to assist us in onboarding a new Head of School to succeed Carrie in July 2022.
Our search process will involve our entire community and will be led by the Search Committee that is specifically named below. This leadership transition represents an opportunity for our community to reaffirm its institutional values as well as its mission and vision.
We look forward to your partnership in identifying the right person to lead as we enter the next chapter of Gladwyne Montessori's history.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Search Committee
Search Committee Members
Ashley Govberg, Chair
Trustee, Prior Parent
Stefanie Langer, Board Chair, Prior Parent
Leahann Iannotta, Board Secretary, Current Parent
Alec Schoenfeld, Trustee, Alumnus
Scott Gregorchuk, Trustee, Prior Parent
Jason Brown, Trustee Emeritus, Prior Parent
Dalip Puri, Prior Parent
Gretchen Sprafke, Prior Parent
Rose Follmer, Current Faculty Member
Matthew Heil (Committee Advisor/Alternate) Trustee, Prior Parent
Embarking on Our Search Process
Gladwyne Montessori's Board of Trustees has engaged Educators' Collaborative, LLC, a leading executive search firm, to conduct a comprehensive search for our next Head of School. Please click here to learn more about Educators' Collaborative's expertise and to get to know Mary Seppala and Doug Jennings, who will be leading our search process.
Our search will begin with a community-wide survey, followed by a series of information sessions with constituent groups from our community. Feedback received from these first steps will be carefully considered during the development of a position description and candidate profile that aligns with our school's mission, vision and values.
Updates will be posted on this website throughout the duration of our search.
*Survey responses will be collected through May 10, 2021.