Head of School Search, 2020-21

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Current Update: July 24, 2020

Dear Members of The International School community:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are writing with more information about the next steps in the search for the next Head of The International School, who will start in July 2021.

As we shared last week, the Board has appointed a Search Committee to conduct a comprehensive, national and international search and hired a national consulting firm, Educators’ Collaborative, to assist with the head of school search. We are committed to finding a Head of School who will continue the TIS mission of fostering an inclusive community of global citizens, language immersion, and academic excellence.

Joan Beauregard and Sally Mixsell of Educators’ Collaborative are both former heads of independent schools and together they bring over 90 years of experience working in independent education. Joan is very active in the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and Sally, a former head of an IB School, is still connected with that community of schools. They both have a strong commitment to building diverse pools of candidates and a proven track record of bringing diverse candidates to the search committees they work with.

The Board is committed to making this an inclusive and transparent process and will provide opportunities for stakeholder input:

Educators Collaborative will send out an on-line survey at the beginning of August to gather input and feedback from the entire TIS community; they will use that input and interviews with trustees and faculty to create the final position description The Search Committee is also creating an Advisory Group who will interview finalists and provide feedback to the Committee. If you are interested in joining the advisory group, please email kristophertaft@gmail.com.

Throughout this process, the Board of Trustees will work to find an appropriate balance between community input and respecting the privacy of the candidates. Assuring candidates of this commitment will help ensure the strongest possible pool of applicants for TIS.

We will continue to update you on the progress of the search through email updates and through this website. Our goal is to conclude the search and announce the new Head of School by January of 2021.

If you have suggestions or questions, we encourage you to talk with members of the Search Committee. In the meantime, the Search Committee and Board of Trustees are grateful for your support and assistance.


Members of the Search Committee:

Damien Munsinger
David Antezana
Emily Emanuel
Kelley Bonsall
Kristopher Taft
Laura Kung
Michael Gurton

Prior Communications

Head of School and Board of Trustees Announcement: July 17, 2020