November 10, 2016

Dear Walden Community,

What a journey this has been!  It has been inspiring to see the Walden School community come together and work to find its next Head of School. Faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and trustees all actively participated in candidate visits, eloquently voiced their opinions, and impacted the final decision.

I am very pleased and proud to announce that Alison Tyler has been offered and has accepted the position of Head of School, effective January 1, 2017. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously for Alison.

The Search Committee conducted a very structured and thorough national search with the help of Ashley|Rountree & Associates. The Committee’s goal had always been to find the right person to lead our school into the future.

Being the leader of an independent school requires varying skills, including fundraising, working with and strengthening administrative structures, marketing, and building community. The leader also needs a strong team of individuals who bring experience, care for students and families, both inside the classroom and out. Walden School certainly has that team. Alison will be a Head who is a facilitator of learning; empowering others to be good teachers. Alison will work with the Division Heads, who act as the educational leaders of the school’s divisions, to provide the highest curriculum standards available. Alison will work to generate a new excitement and awareness about Walden in the community.

Alison has a strong sense of the need for diversity in the classroom both among students and faculty.  She will guide the School towards growth in academics and enrollment while maintaining the culture and values that have been present since Dr. Edward Vermillion founded the School in 1975. Partnership with families, which includes our faculty, staff and administrative personnel, will flourish. Alison intends to have a strong relationship with the Board of Trustees; championing the Board and working in partnership to move the School forward.

The role of the Head of School is to lead.  “We have 40 experts in education; the school needs someone to lead and manage,” Alison says. She has the ability to be diplomatic, clear, and firm while also being authentic.

Since joining the School six year ago as Director of Admissions, Alison has successfully impacted the growth in enrollment. As the daughter of educators, and a self-described “lifelong learner” Alison understands the importance of an independent school education. As Director of Admissions, Alison’s responsibilities included, not only selling the caring environment of Walden School to potential students and families, but also its curriculum and extra-curricular options. She meets regularly with families to ensure they feel supported and engaged. Alison has been a strong influence in the development of programming for our Summer Camp which offers fun and educational components for Walden families and the community at large.

Alison’s work at the YMCA of Greater Louisville gave her the opportunity to manage and support 12 area YMCA annual giving campaigns, raising over $1 million annually; trained over 600 volunteers; managed budgets; developed and implemented successful marketing plans; hired, trained and supervised 17 staff members.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Head of School Search Committee. While every member of the committee dedicated many, many hours to this effort, the amazing aspect to watch was the collective love for, and dedication to, Walden. They kept Walden’s interest first and foremost always.

It is with great anticipation that our community looks forward to the passion and energy that will guide Alison as Walden’s Head of School.

Sincerely,
Beverly Lewis
Board Chair

October 14, 2016

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,

Thank you all for giving your time during the past few weeks to meet with the Head of School candidates. Your involvement, as well as the students who participated, is a big sign to the candidates that we are living our mission; in partnership. The feedback you provided on each candidate provides us with insight and perspective. Observing how the candidates interact with each of the constituent groups is vital to the process of choosing the next Head of School. 

The Search Committee will be meeting soon to review each of the finalist's background, responses to constituents questions and references input. 

We are on schedule to announce the new Head of School prior to the December holidays. Please continue to be patient as we reach these final steps. Above all, continue to support our students, families, faculty, staff and administrators as they are what makes Walden School the warm community that each of our candidates have described and felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience. 

Sincerely,
Christy Sherman Llewellyn, ‘78
Chair, Search Committee

September 1, 2016

Dear Parents, Faculty & Staff, 

The Search Committee has been working over the summer months reviewing resumes and conducting interviews with candidates for the position of Head of School at Walden. In the next couple months, all constituent groups will have the opportunity to meet with the finalists when they visit the school.

At the time the finalists are visiting the school, the Search Committee will be soliciting your feedback about each of the candidates. We appreciate the support and partnership of each member of the Walden community as we proceed with identifying the right person to lead our school into the future.

Sincerely,
Christy Sherman Llewellyn, ‘78
Chair, Search Committee

April 22, 2016

Dear Parents, Faculty & Staff
 
As you know, over the past few months, our consultants, Ashley | Rountree and Associates, conducted interviews with stakeholders in our community. These stakeholders included parents, past parents, faculty, administrators, trustees, alumni, and supporters of the School. The “Call for Candidates” for the position of Head of School has been posted in several professional publications and online sites.
 
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NATIONAL CALL FOR CANDIDATES HEAD OF SCHOOL,
Walden School - Louisville, Kentucky
 
Walden School is an independent, nonprofit K-12 school founded in 1975 offering a student-centered and academically rigorous college preparatory curriculum. With a current enrollment of 295 students, Walden is a vibrant learning community that inspires students to think critically and creatively encourages and supports creative and innovative approaches to classroom learning from students and faculty. Walden’s mission statement is: In partnership with families, Walden School provides an educational environment - both academic and social - that fosters a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and challenges individual students to reach their full potential so they may flourish in a diverse and changing world. The Head of School reports to the Board of Trustees, oversees a budget of $3.5 million and supervises 66 employees (faculty of 36 full-time and 2 part-time teachers). Walden seeks a confident, engaging, forward-thinking, compassionate, and strategically oriented educational leader with a deep background in school administration, ideally including experience as a teacher and leader in independent schools of high quality. We seek candidates who have: 10 years experience in the K-12 education (experience with independent schools is preferred); experience as a K-12 classroom teacher is strongly preferred; a Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree is preferred; experience working successfully with parents and the admissions processes; experience in fundraising is strongly preferred; experience managing significant budgets, ability to understand and monitor financial reporting and track specific metric performance; and evidence of working successfully, thoughtfully and decisively with teachers, parents, trustees, donors and community members. The Head of School is an outgoing, community-facing leader. Resumés requested until such time as the Search Committee of the Board of Trustees determines satisfactory finalists are found.  We will conduct preliminary interviews in Spring and Summer 2016 and we anticipate onsite interviews in Louisville with finalists in Fall 2016. PLEASE CONTACT our Search Counsel by mail or email only:     

Mark W. Rountree, VP and Partner  
mrountree@ashleyrountree.com     
Ashley | Rountree and Associates     
2525 Nelson Miller Parkway, Suite 106     
Louisville, KY 40223
 
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Screening of candidates will occur through August. By the end of October, interviews will be conducted as well as onsite visits by the finalists. All constituent groups will have an opportunity to meet with the finalists when they visit the school. The Board of Trustees is committed to the mission of the school and those core values that we hold most dear. We appreciate the support and partnership of each member of the Walden community as we proceed with this very important step towards Walden’s future.

Sincerely,
Christy Sherman Llewellyn ’78
Chair, Search Committee

January 29, 2016

Dear Parents, Faculty & Staff

Everything has a season, including the hiring of a Head of School. Independent schools typically issue contracts to their employees from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Those who are seeking the position of Head of School have usually been offered a position by November or December, which gives them time to notify their current employer and, if employed by an independent school, finish out their current contract so they can begin their new position on July 1.   

We were notified of the resignation of our Head of School in April 2015. At that time, the top candidates for Head of School would have already found new positions at other schools. Individuals seeking this position are beginning their networking, application process in December and January.  The search for top leadership in any business or industry is never accomplished in a short time frame. We realized that in order for Walden to access the biggest and broadest pool of qualified candidates, we would not be able to have a new Head of School in place before July 1, 2017.

The Walden School Board of Trustees is committed to its fiduciary duty to the community by completing its due diligence to ensure the best individual is chosen as the next Head of School. As we reported earlier this month, our consultants, Ashley/Rountree & Associates, will be conducting interviews with stakeholders in our community. These stakeholders include parents, past parents, faculty, administrators, trustees, alumni, and supporters of the School. These interviews have begun and should be completed by the end of February. The result of these interviews will be the creation of a Profile of Walden School and attributes of the new Head of School that will be critical to the hiring of this individual. These documents should be completed by the end of April.

Outreach to potential candidates has begun and will continue through July with the official job posting occurring in April. Screening of candidates will occur through August. By the end of October, interviews will be conducted as well as visits to Walden by the finalists. All constituent groups will have an opportunity to meet with the finalists when they visit the school.

The Board of Trustees is committed to the mission of the school and those core values that we hold most dear. We appreciate the support and partnership of each member of the Walden community as we proceed with this very important step towards Walden’s future.

Sincerely,

Christy Sherman Llewellyn ‘78
Chair, Search Committee

 

January 4, 2016

Dear Parents, Faculty & Staff

The Board of Trustees has hired the firm of Ashley/Rountree and Associates to assist us with our search for a permanent Head of School.  In the coming weeks, associates with Ashley/Rountree will be in touch with a few individuals from our community so you can share your ideas and views of Walden – both what you value most about the school and what opportunities and challenges exist moving ahead.  Later in the process, the broader community will be given an opportunity to share your ideas and views as well.  These first steps will be to help develop the document that will become the Profile of Walden School.

Few decisions are more important to a school community than selecting its next leader.  With your ongoing support, the Search Committee is committed to hiring a Head of School who will lead us forward, embrace our core values and the mission of Walden and remain focused on our students and families.

On behalf of the Search Committee, I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season.

Sincerely,
Christy Llewellyn, '78
Chair, Search Committee