Next Steps in the Search Process
May 17, 2022
Dear Miquon Community,
As we shared with you previously, Susannah’s tenure as Principal will end in June 2023. While the coming year will bring many opportunities to celebrate Susannah’s contributions to Miquon, we want to outline the process we are undertaking to identify our next Head of School.
The Board of Directors is committed to finding an exceptional leader who, like Susannah, embraces Miquon’s mission and values and who will guide the school through the opportunities and challenges ahead. To this end, we have formed a search committee, hired the premier educational search firm Carney, Sandoe & Associates, and will solicit community-wide feedback in a variety of ways.
Our Search Committee
Our Search Committee is composed of six current Board Members and led by Cerys St. John Richter (Board Chair, parent and alum parent) and Miriam Rock (Board Secretary, alumna). They are joined by Bill Curran (parent), Dimitri Pappas (Board Treasurer, parent), Rachel Reynolds (parent), and Frances Sayers (parent and alum parent). The committee members bring a wide variety of expertise in education, business, human resources, and DEI, and share a deep commitment to the stewardship of our school. Please see the board directory to learn more about them.
Our Search Consultants
After an extensive process, we have engaged Carney, Sandoe & Associates to guide our search. More specifically, we’ve selected the team of John Faubert and Chaya Keefe to partner with us in this important search. John has spent more than twenty years running leadership searches for Carney Sandoe, and as such has worked closely with independent schools, their boards, and members of their leadership teams, forging close relationships in the market. He is a former teacher himself, having worked at The Hun School of Princeton. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children—twelve-year-old Sebastian and nine-year-old Sophie. Chaya’s twenty years of independent school experience include a decade as a teacher, work as the Director of Accreditation for the Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and a headship at Bright Water Waldorf School. She is parent to twenty-three-year-old Vinay and twenty-one-year-old Soumya, and lives in Seattle, Washington.
Next Steps: Community Meetings and Survey
The first phase of our search begins this month with a two-day visit to campus from John and Chaya. They will spend a great deal of the visit in conversation with our staff, and will also host forums for students and parents. We hope you can join John and Chaya for a conversation with parents on campus the afternoon of Wednesday, May 25, from 3:00 to 3:45 or on Zoom that evening from 6:30 to 7:15. There will be aftercare available for the 3pm meeting. A Zoom link will be sent out closer to the event for the evening meeting.
Following these conversations, you will receive a confidential survey. Your responses will help guide John and Chaya as they develop the Head of School posting and will inform the search committee as we seek a candidate who fits Miquon’s needs. We encourage all members of our community to share their thoughts and perspectives.
The search committee is committed to an inclusive and transparent process and intends to update the community frequently.
This is an exciting period in Miquon’s ninety-year history; it is also a significant one. As a search committee, we are committed to carrying out our charge diligently and collaboratively. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions at [email protected].
Cerys St. John Richter P’21, P’24, Chair, Board of Directors
Miriam Rock ’04, Secretary, Board of Directors