Head of School Search
The heart of Bellwether is its teachers and students, as well as the families that value and trust in the unique educational experience that happens here. We are looking for a leader to join us in this wonderful journey and lead us to an even stronger future.
Information for Candidates
Current Update: September 21, 2020
Dear Bellwether Families,
The Bellwether Board of Directors would like to wish you a wonderful start to the 2020-2021 school year! We hope the first days have been as smooth as possible for your family, and that your children have come home each afternoon with joyous stories of their time with teachers and friends. We also want to thank you all for your support and patience as we navigate the new landscape of learning in a pandemic.
As you know, we have been working on a coordinated search for our next Head of School. We wanted to share some news and information about the search as well as the transition plan we developed over the summer to support students, staff, families, and the school.
We are thrilled to announce that we have engaged Jean Lamont of Educators’ Collaborative, LLC to lead our Head of School Search. Educators’ Collaborative has a fantastic reputation for managing searches and vetting high-quality candidates for long term leadership positions in independent schools, and Jean herself has extensive experience in finding leaders for progressive schools. She is particularly passionate about Bellwether because she loves Vermont and has many ties to our area. She even expressed that she already has a few people in mind for this special role.
This new way of approaching the search should be very beneficial to us all, as it brings in additional expertise, will pull from a pool of candidates that we may not have access to, and reduces the time-consuming task of some of the more cumbersome stages of the process. We are very impressed with Jean’s expertise and optimistic about her ability to find great candidates.
Coordinating the process in this way also allows the staff to continue to do the important work that is needed in the classrooms, and it will allow us as Board to support the school while the search continues. As part of the process, Jean will solicit input from all school constituencies so we will keep you updated as this moves forward. The job should be posted within the next few days.
We are confident that this leadership plan is the right one for our school as we all work together to provide a great educational experience during a new and unprecedented school year. We are excited about the Search for a new Head of School and how that will bring Bellwether into its next iteration of education.
Your Board of Directors
Morgan Donohue, Board President & Administrative Liaison, Bellwether Parent
Marta Beede, Search Committee Co-Chair, Board Member, 1st Bellwether HOS
Bethany Gibbs, Search Committee Co-Chair, Board Member, Bellwether Parent
Jessica Liggett, Board Secretary, Bellwether Parent
Jen Winegar, Board Treasurer, Former Bellwether Parent
Jenn Lauder, Board Member, Former Bellwether Teacher