Head of School Search

Head of School

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia is seeking an inclusive leader who fully embraces its mission and philosophy to become our new Head of School.

The Head of School is appointed by the Board of Trustees to implement the school’s strategic plan, provide management and oversight of the school’s operations and staff, and ensure that the school is financially and operationally sustainable. The Head of School collaborates with pedagogical leadership in the development of school programs and pedagogical policies that will continue to meet the needs of our students now and in the future. The Head of School is an active member of the school community, our surrounding neighborhood, and both the larger Waldorf and local independent school movements.  

There has never been a more exciting time to join the Philly Waldorf community. We are a diverse, energetic, and urban community with a strong commitment to a deep understanding of each student's needs. Our mission is to create a vibrant learning community based on a deep understanding of the child, integrating the intellectual with the artistic and the practical with the beautiful. We provide a decidedly independent form of education that creates decidedly independent thinkers. 

In January 2021, our current Head of School announced that he would be leaving at the end of the 2020-2021 school year after six years of service. A Search Committee was formed in February to oversee the development and implementation of a strategy for finding experienced, talented and diverse candidates. The Board emphasized that they wish to ensure the position is filled as soon as possible while balancing the need to take time to find the best possible candidates. Soliciting input and suggestions from all our stakeholders, a Head of School Prospectus has been developed and the Search Committee is actively carrying out significant outreach to identify a recruitment firm and attract candidates. The Search Committee will be updating the community at regular intervals throughout the search process. 

The Board is excited about our school’s future. We hope that you share our optimism, and we welcome any questions you may have along the way. You can reach us at [email protected].

All interested candidates are encouraged to send a resume, cover letter, and statement of educational philosophy to The Waldorf School of Philadelphia Board Chair, Theresa Kaskey, [email protected].

About Waldorf Education

Waldorf schools offer a developmentally appropriate, experiential, and academically rigorous approach to education. They integrate the arts in all academic disciplines. Waldorf education aims to inspire life-long learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities.

Founded in the early 20th century, Waldorf education is based on the insights, teachings and principles of education outlined by Rudolf Steiner. The principles of Waldorf education evolve from an understanding of human development that address the needs of the growing child.

Teachers in Waldorf schools are dedicated to generating an inner enthusiasm for learning within every child. This eliminates the need for competitive testing, academic placement, and rewards to motivate learning and allows motivation to arise from within. It helps engender the capacity for joyful life-long learning.

Head of School Search Committee

Alex Borders, Interim Head of School
Toni Chapman, Former Board Trustee
Zdenka Gottwaldova, Faculty
Brendon Jobs, VP, Board of Trustees
Theresa Kaskey, President, Board of Trustees
Joe Mair, Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Leah Milito, Board Trustee
Irene Richardson, Faculty

Head of School Search Communication Archive

January 21, 2021
March 10, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

As primary stewards of the school’s mission and its fiscal health, the Board of Trustees has charged the Search Committee to lead a comprehensive search for exceptional candidates. The Search Committee will ultimately recommend the finalists to the full Board. The Board will meet the final candidate and vote to approve the next Head of School.

The Board of Trustees has selected a Search Committee to oversee the process of finding a new Head of School. The Board of Trustees and Search Committee expect to select a recruitment firm to assist in all aspects of the search. Search Committee members have leadership experience including HR expertise and Head of School search expertise.

The Search Committee has been actively seeking feedback from all constituencies. Each member of our community is encouraged to share thoughts with members of the Search Committee or with the Board at [email protected] We continue to collect feedback from community members as the search progresses. 

The Search Committee is committed to an inclusive and transparent search process and will provide frequent updates via email to the immediate school community. Archived updates will be posted on this page.