Dear Garrison Forest Community,
As the search for our next Head of School begins, we want to share a few updates as well as let you know how to get and stay involved in the search process.
We are committed to finding the very best leader to build on the strength of our community while continuing to move Garrison Forest forward as an institution of 21st century learning. In order for our 11th Head of School to lead GFS into its next phase, it is vital that he or she understand what is at the heart of Garrison Forest —the culture and tradition that are woven into the fabric of who we are and the spirit that will propel us forward into a bright future. We want to ensure that our entire community is heard in making the decision about that future, and will provide the opportunity to involve every member of our community in a transparent and collaborative search process.
We are pleased to announce that a committee has now been established to direct the search. This group, made up of faculty from each division of the school and Trustees who are current parents, past parents and alumnae, brings with it a deep understanding of our school with insight into the strengths that we can build upon as well as our opportunities for growth.
The Search Committee includes:
Kim Gordon, Co-chair
Helen Zinreich Shafer '93, Co-chair
Kimberly Hubbard Cashman '85
Stacy Garrett-Ray '92
Kit Jackson '83
Nick Burns, Upper School
Tung Trinh, Middle School
Amy Welling, Preschool and Lower School
Please click here for a link to bios for each Search Committee member.
We have also hired Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a highly regarded educational search firm, to help guide us through the process. The consultants will gather feedback from the community and work closely with the Search Committee to identify the type of Head who will be the best fit for Garrison Forest. On May 17 and 18, our Carney consultants will be on campus for meetings with GFS faculty, staff, students and representatives from the Parent and Alumnae Associations, as well as our Board of Trustees to gain an in-depth understanding of our school.
On May 8, you will also receive an online questionnaire about Garrison Forest. Please take the time to fill out the questionnaire. We encourage all of you to participate in what will be a community-wide effort to find our new Head of School.
We will continue to keep you updated as the search progresses. Please visit the Head of School search page to find Frequently Asked Questions, search timeline and all other search-related information and updates at gfs.org/headsearch.
Search Committee Co-chair
Helen Zinreich Shafer '93
Search Committee Co-chair