Board Chair Introduces Head of School Search Committee

Dear Woodlynde School Community, 

I am pleased to announce the Board of Trustees has established and selected the members of the Woodlynde Head of School Search Committee.

The Search Committee will be primarily responsible for designing, coordinating and executing our plan to identify and hire the next Woodlynde Head of School. The Committee's charter includes selecting a professional search consultant firm, obtaining input from parents, faculty and staff, developing an ideal candidate profile, assessing qualifications and suitability of prospective candidates, and interviewing candidates.

Throughout the process, the Committee's work will be supplemented by the involvement of the Woodlynde Community at large. Committee members were chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to our School and their individual talents and experience. Committee members are representative of the various stakeholders in the Woodlynde Community, and include parents, faculty, staff, and trustees.

The Chair of the Search Committee is Sarah Houston. Sarah has been a member of the Woodlynde - Board of Trustees
since 2015 the mother of a fifth grader. Sarah is a Principal at Vangua!d, has held various leadership roles within its Institutional, Retail and Finance divisions and currently serves as its Chief Audit Executive. She brings a wealth of leadership success and experience to the Committee.

The Search Committee members joining Sarah are:
Rick Hinckley, Upper School Parent and Trustee
Jennifer Hitt, Lower School Parent and Trustee
Elizabeth Maglio, Assistant Head of School (K-8)
Tom Malecki, Upper School Parent
Abe Prontnicki, Upper School Science Teacher
John Schmader, Alumni Parent and Trustee

We are very fortunate to have assembled such an exemplary group of Committee members to ensure that we select the very finest individual to lead our School in the years ahead. Within the next few weeks the Search Committee will interview and select a search firm to assist us in our selection process. Our chosen consultants will then visit Woodlynde to meet with various constituencies (parents, faculty, staff, students, and trustees) in a number of different forums to develop an appreciation of our mission, values and goals. Your participation in this phase of the process is instrumental to ensure that all voices in our community are heard.

Once a detailed candidate profile is created, the Search Committee will review both internal and external potential candidates. We anticipate that final candidates will spend multiple days on campus for meetings and interviews with parents, faculty, staff, students, and trustees. The Search Committee will then make its recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

I am confident that our search process will allow all interested members of our community to participate in the selection process, and we will keep you fully informed as we journey to find our next Head of School.

MaryAnn O'Conor, Board Chair
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergartenelementarymiddle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language- or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Challenges, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.