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Head of School Search

Head of School Search

The Board of Trustees and The Walker School seek the next Head of School who will assume leadership of a historically significant, successful, and well-respected independent school in the Metro Atlanta region. The Walker School is the only non-sectarian, non-affiliated independent school in Cobb County that prepares students for admission to highly selective colleges and universities.

Community Updates

List of 5 items.

  • May 26, 2021 - Head of School Search Update

    To the Walker Community,
     
    As you know, Mike Murphy and Jerry Larson from Educational Directions visited Walker on April 28 and 29, meeting with more than 150 Walker community members. The subsequent survey they sent was answered by 547 parents, teachers, students, staff, administrators, trustees and alumni.
     
    We can’t thank you enough for your input. The information gleaned from the visit and from the survey helps us represent Walker to potential candidates. The first step in that process is the production of the prospectus (the “Walker Profile”), a 10-page document that will be circulated to potential candidates to describe Walker and the Head of School position. The prospectus is now available on the Walker website. You will enjoy looking at it!
     
    The next step is to begin collecting applications. We will keep you updated over the summer as the process proceeds.
     
    Thanks again for your help.
     
    Alan Zuckerman                                                     
    Chair, Search Committee
     
    Carolynn Puffe
    Vice-Chair, Search Committee
    Chair, Board of Trustees
  • May 3, 2021 - Action requested: Head of School Search Survey

    Dear Walker School community,
     
    Thank you for welcoming Mike Murphy and Jerry Larson from Educational Directions on campus and via Zoom to The Walker School. Over the course of their two days on campus, they visited with more than 150 Walker community members
    and came away with a real sense of our school and excitement for presenting Walker to prospective head of school candidates. 
     
    As an aspect of the search process, Mike and Jerry would like to provide an opportunity for those unable to participate during their two-day visit to share their thoughts via a confidential survey from Educational Directions. This survey is also an opportunity for community members who did interact with Mike and Jerry to provide additional thoughts and feedback.
     
    To be considerate of your time, they developed a brief survey that should only take between 7-12 minutes to complete but will provide valuable input to our search process. Again, please note that individual responses will remain confidential. Mike and Jerry will summarize the data collected via the survey and will share only this summary with the Walker Search Committee.
     
    The Educational Directions Head of School Search Community Survey is available now and will be open until 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 9. We sincerely hope you can find a few moments to share your ideas and thoughts on the questions posed in the survey. We will be sending two additional notices this week reminding you to participate in the survey.
     
    The link to the survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WalkerHoSSearch       
     
    Thank you for your help.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Alan Zuckerman
    Chair, Search Committee
     
    Carolynn Puffe
    Vice-Chair, Search Committee
  • April 25, 2021 - Invitation: Head of School Search

    Good evening, Walker families. Educational Directions, the executive search firm the Board of Trustees hired to assist in our Head of School search, will be interviewing members of our community this week to learn more about Walker. 
     
    Consultants Jerry Larson and Mike Murphy would like to speak with as many families as possible this Wednesday (April 28) and Thursday (April 29) via Zoom. To join, please use the links below:
     
    Meeting ID: 898 6943 0895
    Passcode: 673926
    One tap mobile
    +13017158592,,89869430895#,,,,*673926# US (Washington DC)
    +13126266799,,89869430895#,,,,*673926# US (Chicago)
     
    Meeting ID: 856 3326 7911
    Passcode: 394538
    One tap mobile
    +13017158592,,85633267911#,,,,*394538# US (Washington DC)
    +13126266799,,85633267911#,,,,*394538# US (Chicago)
     
    We will continue to keep you informed as the search progresses.  If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to hossearch@thewalkerschool.org  
     
     
    Alan Zuckerman                      
    Search Committee Chair 
     
    Carolynn Puffe
    Search Committee Vice-Chair
  • April 15, 2021 - Update: Head of School Search

    Dear Walker Community:
     
    In March, Jack Hall announced that the 2021-22 would be his last year at Walker. We thank Jack for his service and look forward to celebrating Walker’s 65th year with Jack at the helm.
     
    With Jack’s decision to leave, it is now the responsibility of the Board of Trustees to conduct a thorough search to hire the next Walker Head of School. The Board interviewed several reputable search firms and voted unanimously to hire Educational Directions, a nationally recognized executive search firm to assist the Board in this process.
     
    In addition, the Board has leveraged guidance from experts to form a search committee comprised of Trustees, members of the administrative and faculty teams and alumni. This committee will work with Educational Directions and on behalf of the Board to manage the search process and make a final recommendation to the Board. 
     
    The members of the search committee include:
     
    Alan Zuckerman, Chair
    Walker Trustee
    Parent of Walker Alums
    Partner/Owner – Quantum Radiology
     
    Carolynn Puffe, Vice Chair
    Walker Trustee and Incoming Chair of the Board
    Walker Parent
    Owner, CSP Advisors
     
    Sonia Ahmed
    Walker Faculty
     
    Bryce Brickhouse
    Walker Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach
    Walker Assistant Athletic Director
     
    Brad Brown
    Director of Admissions, Trinity School
    Walker Alum
    Former Walker Director of Multicultural Affairs
    Former Walker Director of Admissions
    Former Walker Faculty
     
    Sean Fallmann
    Walker Trustee
    Walker Parent
    President/CEO – Consolidated Container Company
     
    Scott Gregory
    Walker Trustee and Previous Chair of the Board
    Walker Parent
    Managing Member – Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun, and Rogers
     
    Anji Jaglan
    Walker Trustee
    Walker Parent
     
    Katherine Harrison
    Walker Director of Admissions
    Former Walker Interim Head of Middle School and Interim Head of  Primary School
    Walker Faculty
    Walker Parent
     
    Shirley Powell
    Walker Trustee
    Walker Parent
    Senior Vice President – Cox Automotive
     
    Don Robertson
    Former Walker Head of School
     
    Mike Murphy and Jerry Larson will be the consultants from Educational Directions working directly with the search committee and The Walker School. Mike and Jerry will first visit The Walker School in late April to begin the extensive process of learning about the school and community. This process will take place over a few months and involve surveys of and conversations with all members of the Walker community, including administrators, faculty, staff, parents and alumni.
     
    If you have any questions, send them to hossearch@thewalkerschool.org. We will keep you informed as the search progresses. 
     
     
    Alan Zuckerman                                           Carolynn Puffe
    Chair                                                                     Vice-Chair
  • March 24, 2021 - Head of School Announcement

    Dear Wolverine Nation,
     
    There is a unique ebb and flow to the life of any organization, and the Board of Trustees and I agree that the time is right to share that next year will be my eleventh and final year as Head of School at The Walker School.
     
    It has been, is, and will continue to be a privilege to serve this outstanding school, and I look forward to next year as we celebrate our school’s 65th Anniversary! As always, we will be focused on creating an environment where students develop meaningful relationships with exceptional teachers, which results in transformational learning.

    As I look back over the past decade, I realize that we have accomplished much together:
    • Warren Science & Technology Building
    • Twenty additional acres at 815 Allgood Road
    • Significant upgrades to our Fine Arts classrooms and facilities
    • Creation of the New Avenues Dyslexia Program
    • Morning and afternoon bus services, which have greatly expanded our school’s admission footprint
    • The beautiful fence along the west side of our campus on US 41
    • The multipurpose turf that now adorns Robertson Field
    • The addition of Early Learners, our program for 3-year-olds
    • The growth and development of our robotics program
    While those accomplishments are considerable, what I will remember most about The Walker School is the people. As you know, Walker is a school that values the infinite worth and dignity of every individual, and it has always been important to me to ensure that our Walker community lives out our first Core Value. Long after my time has been completed here, it is the relationships that I will miss the most.
     
    There are so many people to thank, and in truth, there is not enough room here to recognize everyone for all you have done to make Walker a stronger school during my time here. Please know that over the next year and a half, I will be purposeful in reaching out to acknowledge my gratitude for your support. But, I would like to thank my family – Cathy, Joseph, Alice, Logan and Lucy (and soon, Annie) for your love and support.
     
    I am proud to be a part of such a vibrant and important educational community. Our world depends on schools like Walker to work with parents to develop citizens who are skilled at civil discourse, able to work collaboratively with others, and understand the value added by critical, perspective-widening thinking. Parents, alumni, faculty, staff, all of us, know that Walker students learn these core competencies from a young age, and this is one of the key reasons The Walker School is so important to this community and poised so well for the future.
     
    Now, it is time to focus on finishing strong in this current school year and celebrating the Class of 2021.
     
    All the best,
    Jack Hall
    Head of School

    ____________________________________________

    A letter from the Board of Trustees

    Dear Members of The Walker School Community,
     
    I hope everyone is healthy and well as we continue to work through a challenging year of COVID.
     
    I write to let you know that the 2021-22 school year will be Jack Hall’s last as our Head of School. Having served since 2011, Jack may be the only Head of School many of our present students, and many of our current parents, have ever known. There will be many opportunities between now and June 2022 to recognize and celebrate Jack’s contributions to Walker, but please allow me to begin such an acknowledgment with this note.
     
    Jack has been a strong steward of our mission and core values. Through his leadership, the culture of our school is one of joy and supportiveness – with a fully engaged community that cares about, and is dedicated to, one another. He has created an environment that fosters the deep and genuine connection between our faculty and our students. He has led with integrity, compassion and empathy. He has led Walker through tremendous growth, including our new STEM building, expansion of our athletic facilities and our new Immersive Dyslexia Program. A discussion of his tenure would not be complete without reference to his focus on the social and emotional well-being of our students and his desire to know as many of them as possible. Jack concentrated on the professional growth of our faculty and completed, with great success, Walker’s largest-ever capital campaign. These achievements are all products of his courage and vision.
     
    On a personal note, I am grateful to Jack for the commitment and guidance he has given the Board of Trustees, and to me. Between now and June 2022, I know that he will continue to work tirelessly and enthusiastically on behalf of our students, faculty, administration and staff, as well as the broader Walker community. In announcing the plans now, the Board has ample opportunity to conduct a thoughtful and thorough search for his successor. We are forming a search committee, which will be led by Board of Trustee Dr. Alan Zuckerman, and report to the full Board. We will be assisted by an experienced and highly regarded search firm, which we are in the process of selecting now. We are committed to being as communicative and transparent with you as possible within the confines of what will be a highly confidential search process, and I am grateful for your support and understanding in this regard.
     
    The transition from a long-serving head to a new school leader is a period to reflect, and our search will be informed by input from all parts of the Walker community. The search will provide us an opportunity to broadly consider who we are as a school today, and to be aspirational about our future. We will focus on Walker’s deep-rooted strengths, proud traditions and our educational goals to prepare our students for the future.
     
    Our mission to provide each student with an engaging educational experience within an intimately scaled, caring and diverse community where opportunities abound and meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning remains paramount. Our core values drive our focus and commitment to make Walker a school that both values the infinite worth and dignity of the individual and ensures that student learning is its chief priority.
     
    The Board of Trustees and I look forward to working with the entire community in the months to come. I know you will join me in thanking Jack for his tireless leadership and dedication to our valued community.

    Please send any questions you have to HOSsearch@thewalkerschool.org.

    With warm regards,
    Glenn Shaw
    Chairman of the Board


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