Head of School Search
Episcopal School of Nashville is an independent co-educational Pre-K through middle school, serving students of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Valuing the education of the whole child, the school encourages students to engage their minds, bodies, and spirits as they grow in confidence and communion with others.
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Head of School Search

The School

Opening doors to students in 2016, the Episcopal School of Nashville’s vision is to shape students who are intellectually, spiritually, and responsibly engaged with the place, community, and world they call home. The school is located in the historic Ross Building in the heart of East Nashville. Located across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville, East Nashville is a culturally diverse, eclectic area, full of historic homes, a vibrant restaurant scene, and a pedestrian and bike-friendly environment. The school serves a diverse population of students in grades Pre-K-6. For the 2021-22 academic year, the school will add Grade 7, and the anticipated enrollment will be 130 students. The school will also add Grade 8 for the 2022-23 academic year. The school has experienced tremendous growth since the first class of 16 students and has remained true to its mission to serve a population of students in an underserved area of Nashville. The school “is dedicated to nurturing the joy of learning and the spirit of discovery in each of its students.”

 

The Position

In seeking their next Head of School, Episcopal School is looking for a dynamic leader committed to building upon the school’s strong culture as well as focusing on the important aspects of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The next Head of School must be innovative and adaptive, someone who prioritizes academics and faculty leadership, while also having a proven track record with admissions and fundraising. Every effort will be made to hire a candidate to start July 1, 2021, however, the Search Committee will be interviewing interim heads of school to ensure the strongest candidates are being recruited for the position.

 

To Apply

Interested candidates should provide a resume, cover letter highlighting their interest in and appropriateness of the candidate’s experience and strengths relative to the position, statement of philosophy on leadership, and a list of five (5) professional references with contact information, as a single attachment, by May 1, 2021. These materials should be sent to one of the consultants listed below:

 

Peter Cheney | peter@educationgroup.com | 917-676-4568

Katherine Moncure Stuart | katherine@educationgroup.com | 434-989-7054

 

Candidates will be evaluated as received. The full position profile will be posted soon.

www.educationgroup.com

April 6, 2021

 

Friends and Families of Episcopal School of Nashville,

Our school will soon face a momentous transition. Founding Head of School, Harrison Stuart, was recruited by another Episcopal school and has accepted their offer. Harrison’s success in building our school from the parking lot up, nurturing our children, and most recently managing our growth into the Ross School, puts us in a solid position for the next phase of ESN. Harrison’s new role is a testament to his leadership, and he will be deeply missed. We are also sorry to see Katherine and their four children leave Episcopal School and Nashville, but we recognize this opportunity for them.

As hard as this may seem, transitions of leadership are inevitable in schools and always hold the potential for growth and development of new strengths. We are no exception to that rule.

Already, the Board has engaged a team from The Education Group to help with our search for a Head of School. We have named five current or former Board members to a search committee and expect to have two more. Very shortly, there will be a page on our website with FAQs and regularly updated information for families. Once we have narrowed the field of candidates to finalists, you will have a chance to learn about and/or meet the candidates and offer opinions via survey. Your input is vitally important to the future of the school. Know that we expect little change in your children’s daily rhythm.

Harrison will be at school and working until June 30. He and the Board are committed to providing as smooth a transition as possible for everyone involved. The school has come a long way since its founding only six years ago, with no building and no students. Today, we have almost 100 smiling faces in our halls. A dynamic and approachable Head of School, Harrison has forged invaluable relationships with parents, Board, and the wider community. He has helped raise considerable funds for our operation and has hired wonderful and experienced teachers. We managed to have classes during a pandemic and to weather a tornado in our neighborhood. All this has been challenging, and Harrison has led us through it with optimism and resolve. He will now move to new challenges at another school, and we will rise to meet those that are presented to us. As one Board member put it, “It’s all about the School.”

We are confident that Episcopal School of Nashville has bright days ahead, and we, with your continued support, pledge to do our best to help make that happen. You may feel free to contact us at any time.

With faith and optimism,

Ellen Wright, Board Co-Chair

epwright@gmail.com

 

Dave Goetz, Board Co-Chair

dave.goetz@comcast.net

April 6, 2021

 

Dearest Episcopal School of Nashville Family,

With a full heart, I’m writing to share that I will be leaving Episcopal School of Nashville at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. When I arrived with my family in Nashville six years ago, our school was then only in the imagination of our Board of Directors, led and inspired by Ketch Secor. As a community, and with the generosity of many committed volunteers, we founded this school. From 16 students five years ago, we hope to grow to over 130 at the start of the next academic year; our campus began in trailers in a parking lot and we have now moved to the beautiful historic Ross Building, in the middle of a pandemic! Our excellent academic program has successfully weathered the challenges of distance learning, and we have continued our growth from Pre-K through 6th grade. Seventh grade is planned for the 2021-22 academic year; eighth grade is planned for the 2022-2023 school year and will complete the school’s vision.

In the Gospel according to Mark, we learn the parable of the mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. Jesus tells us that, if planted with faith, that tiny seed will grow and become the largest of plants. Our school was like that mustard seed: It has been watered with faith and love and has grown into the Episcopal School of Nashville. These past six years in Nashville have been some of the most rewarding of my life as I’ve watched the school, its students, teachers, and our larger community continue to flourish and grow.

I must first thank our dedicated Board, led by Ellen Wright and Dave Goetz, for partnering with me to build our amazing school in the heart of East Nashville. Next, a heartfelt thank you to the parents who have entrusted their children to a young school and have, thereby, been integral to our success. Then, I must honor the dynamic and hardworking faculty and administrative staff who care for Episcopal School students and provide for them a safe environment on a daily basis. Lastly, I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our volunteers, organizations, including the Diocese, and the larger Nashville community, for your support and faith in us.

There is still much to be accomplished in continuing to grow and nurture our school, building on its foundation. This is good and important work. We have created a school of inclusivity, affirmation, and openness. As your Founding Head of School, Episcopal School of Nashville will always be in my heart. Let us continue to grow like the mustard seed, providing a solid educational and spiritual environment for your children, and for generations to come. Thank you to everyone for your inspiring and unwavering support.

Sincerely,

Harrison Stuart
Founding Head of School

April 14, 2021

 

Dear Parents, Faculty, Staff, and Friends of Episcopal School,

As part of our search for the next Head of School, we are asking for your input and feedback. Your participation is essential, and we appreciate your taking the time to complete the online survey in the link below to ensure that we capture your opinions about the professional and personal qualities sought in the next Head of Episcopal School of Nashville.

The search committee, comprised of Ellen Wright, Dave Goetz, Mary Lea Bryant, Bill Forrester, Drew Holcomb, Katherine Murrie, Gracie Porter, Trina Secor, and Brooks Smith, has already begun its work and will meet regularly and tirelessly until a new head is found.  We are being guided by The Education Group (TEG), who will provide the position profile and will define the criteria for the selection process.  This is where you come in.  The surveys are completely anonymous and confidential and will be handled exclusively by a member of TEG’s team, who will compile and analyze the results, before reporting them in the aggregate.  We would also like to gratefully acknowledge that TEG is donating their time to this search.

The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. We are hoping for as much participation as possible, in order to have the best idea of the community’s views. The Search Committee is deeply grateful for your participation in this process, and we will keep you informed over the next weeks, as the process unfolds.  If you have any difficulty following the link, please be in touch with us.

 

Sincerely,

Ellen Wright and Dave Goetz
Board Co-chairs and Chairs of Search Committee
epwright@gmail.com; dave.goetz@comcast.net