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,
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.
With warm regards,
Chairman of the Board