Head of School Announces Retirement for June, 2019
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Dear Adelson Campus Families and Friends,
The Board of Trustees and I are writing to you today to announce my retirement as of June 30, 2019. At that time, I will have completed 36 years in education, and 4 years as your Head of School, which has been a major highlight in my career.
The decision to retire is solely based on my desire to spend time and enjoy my husband, children and grandchildren. As some of you may already know, I was previously planning to retire back in 2015; however, the opportunity to lead a school with the reputation, vision and potential as Adelson Campus was too tempting to pass up. I was challenged and inspired to help transition the school with a new structure, sound policies, improved communications, and financial stability. Going into my final year, I remain fully committed to the success and sustainability of this great school and look back with pride on its achievements.
The search for a new Head of School is currently underway. An open, collaborative partnership between a Head of School and its' Board of Trustees is vital to an independent schools success. The Adelson Campus Board understands its role in stewardship, commitment to strategic governance and support for the Head of School. The Board's strength in leadership speaks volumes about our school's stability, now and in the future, and will be a very attractive feature to candidates for the Head of School position. As I prepare to bring my joyful engagement at Adelson Campus to an end, I am committed to working with the Board of Trustees and their appointed search firm in any way needed to ensure a smooth transition in leadership for the 2018-2019 academic year.
The Board has appointed the search firm Independent Thinking to assist in the process. Jane Armstrong and Bill Lyons, the partners, plan on visiting Adelson Campus on April 30 & May 1, to meet with the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, students and families. During this time, the search firm will host two open parent meetings, which will provide opportunities to share your thoughts about Adelson Campus and ask the team from Independent Thinking any questions you may have about the search process. Once we have the times and location for these meetings, we will send out an email next week with more information.
I want to express my respect and gratitude to the faculty who live our Mission each and every day. It is a privilege to work with educators committed to excellence in the classroom, who challenge students to maximize their full potential and instill a deep sense of personal independence and social responsibility in a community of learners. I also am grateful for the professionalism, support and teamwork exhibited by our dedicated staff members, especially my Administrative Team. I want to thank our families for entrusting your children with us and for being partners in this process of an Education for Life.
I have seen my work here as important and rewarding, and I will miss Adelson Campus very much; but, I will leave knowing our culture is strong, strategically aligned to create our own future and this dynamic community will continue the legacy of this wonderful school for generations to come.
Rabbi Joyce Raynor
Head of School
The Dr. Miriam & Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus