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Head of School Search

Latest Update - November 2018

The HOS Search Committee has begun finalist round interviews which involves bringing candidates to our community. The first visit took place November 12 and 13 and comprised a 1.5-day itinerary with opportunities for teachers, parents, administrators, community leaders, and trustees to meet the candidate and provide feedback. A second candidate visit will be scheduled for early December. As our interview round progresses into the third round for some candidates, the HOS Search Committee is also still reviewing candidates in the second round to ensure a healthy candidate pipeline. After each candidate visit, the search committee meets to discuss observations and evaluations. A recommendation will be made to the Board of Trustees when all visits have been completed.

October 2018 Update

The HOS Search Committee has completed first round interviews and will be going into second round interviews in the next three weeks. This second round is the second of three interview rounds. While candidate identities are confidential at this point, please note that there will be opportunity later in the year for members of the community to meet with finalist candidates.

Interim Head of School Announcement

The Wornick Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Lillian Howard as Wornick's new interim Head of School for the 2018-19 academic year. Lillian was the Head of School at Kehillah High School in Palo Alto from 2007-2013, and prior to that she founded a Jewish Community High School in Baltimore. In the years since retiring from Kehillah as a full time administrator, Lillian has held several leadership roles in education including spending a year at Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo where she oversaw the curriculum and programming for their Jewish Studies program, as well as chairing the English department at Mission College Prep in San Luis Obispo.

Lillian brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked closely with students, faculty, parents and the community as a collaborative team builder who has a passion for mentoring staff and educators. In addition to her strong background in school management and administration, she is passionate about advocating for children to allow them to become confident, critical thinkers, and ethical decision makers. Lillian is a well-known and respected educator in the community and has a reputation as a sincere, effective, and inspiring leader. Over the course of her tenured career, Lillian has demonstrated a deep love of Jewish education. Her thoughtfulness and confidence as an experienced Head of School makes her the ideal candidate to lead Wornick’s transition for the next academic year.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

For more information, please refer to this list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Wornick's Head of School Search.

Original Announcement

On December 8, 2017, we announced that our beloved Head of School, Dr. Barbara Gereboff plans to retire after ten years at R.C. Wornick Jewish Day School. Barbara has led the Wornick Jewish Day School with exceptional wisdom, passion, thoughtfulness, commitment, and heart. Among her many outstanding achievements is her success in building Wornick as an academically progressive institution, one of the early independent schools to adopt a curriculum steeped in inter-disciplinary learning. Under Barbara’s leadership, Wornick has become a school known for developing engaged, resilient leaders. This spring, she was approached by a national Jewish non-profit organization for an amazing opportunity to work with them. She will be leaving Wornick on June 30, 2018, rather than at the end of the 2018-19 school year, as previously announced.

Barbara will continue in her role as head of school through June 2018, and she is committed to a smooth leadership transition. Any communications to the Head of School should be directed to her through that date. She and the administrative team will be working closely with the Board to support and implement key strategic planning initiatives.

Head of School Search & Timeline

The Wornick Board of Trustees is committed to finding a passionate and skilled leader who both appreciates and embodies Wornick’s mission and core values, and who will lead our school with vision and enthusiasm into the future. The search committee, led by Wornick parent and trustee, Limeng Stroh, will develop a plan to ensure a smooth transition. The committee and entire board are committed to a thoughtful, thorough and transparent process. Limeng and the committee will provide updates over the next eighteen months to provide for an informed process.

Spring 2018
Conduct town halls, meetings and surveys with different stakeholders to gather community input and develop an opportunity statement (with job description). Community completed a survey and DRG SEARCH visited the campus on Apr 23-24, 2018, where numerous teacher and parent interviews were held, as well as, two community town halls.

May
Job description now posted – please see side panel and apply here.
Applicants should apply asap and no later than mid-August.

Summer 2018
Search firm leads international search for candidates and search committee starts reviewing applications in August.

Fall 2018
1st Round interviews in September: All interviews will be held confidentially off-campus
2nd Round interviews in October: All interviews will be held confidentially off-campus
Nov/Dec: Finalists visit campus
Stakeholders will have opportunities to meet finalists

Spring 2019
New HOS Announcement is made

Summer 2019
Onboarding process starts

Fall 2019
Search firm conducts check in

Announcements

FAQ for Wornick's HOS Search

Head of School Job Description

Interim Head of School Announcement from the Board of Trustees

Letter from Lillian Howard, Interim Head of School

Search Committee

Rabbi Dennis Eisner, Peninsula Temple Beth El
Nicole Haire, School Administrator
Daphne Kaufer, Trustee & Board Chair
Rabbi Darren Kleinburg, Head of School at Kehillah
Fran Lent, Trustee
Tamar Miller, Trustee
Larry Pascal, Trustee
Limeng Stroh, Search Chair & Trustee
Jeremy Verba, Trustee

Letter from Dr. Barbara Gereboff

Letter from Board of Trustees

We'd like to hear from you

We welcome your thoughts and invite you to share them with our search committee over the coming months. Please contact info@wornickjds.org

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