Head of School Search

Dr. Steve Bellis reads to Pembroke Hill studentsIn a letter to the Pembroke Hill School community on Sept. 8, 2017, Board of Trustees president Don Montague announced that Steve Bellis, head of school, had informed the Board that 2018-19 will be his last year leading the school. The Board of Trustees formed a Search Committee and selected Educators' Collaborative to conduct the search for the next head of school for Pembroke Hill.

Frequent updates will be provided to the school community over the next several months as the search process unfolds.

Search Announcements

Head of School Second Finalist to Visit

I am pleased to announce that our second head of school finalist, Brad Shelley, will visit Pembroke Hill next Monday and Tuesday, May 14 – 15. Brad currently serves as the associate head of school with McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md.

During his visit to campus, Brad will meet with faculty, staff, parents, alumni and students. I encourage you to attend the community forums, listed here, to become acquainted with him.

Faculty and Staff Forum
     Monday, May 14 • 3:30–4:45 p.m. • Centennial Hall Theatre
Parent and Alumni Forum
     Monday, May 14 • 7–8 p.m. • Centennial Hall Theatre

As you spend time with Brad, I hope you keep the following broad range of topics in mind:

  •  supporting and challenging students
  •  diversity and inclusion
  •  school community
  •  educational leadership philosophy
  •  community outreach
  •  school sustainability
  •  curriculum and programming
  •  faculty recruitment and retention
  •  fiscal management

Following his visit to campus, we will send an online survey to individuals who attended one of the forums or who met with him during his other scheduled meetings to provide feedback on Brad. I ask that you take a few moments to complete the survey, as your input is essential to the process of selecting our next head of school.

Thank you in advance for your participation in the community forums.

Anne Dema
Chair, Head of School Search Committee

Two Campus Visit Dates Announced

These two, two-day visits will occur on Monday and Tuesday, May 7–8, and the following Monday and Tuesday, May 14–15. During the visits to campus, the candidates will meet with faculty, staff, parents, alumni and students. Closer to the visits, I will provide you with the candidates’ resumes and bios.  I encourage you to attend the community forums, listed below, to become acquainted with the finalists.

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Opportunities for PHS Community Participation

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Representatives of Educators’ Collaborative were on campus, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 18 and 19, to conduct information-gathering sessions with the school’s various constituencies including the Alumni Association Executive Committee.

Additionally, an online survey was distributed to school constituents, including alumni, the week of Jan. 22.

School Profile

Benefiting from the results of two days of meetings with parents, students, teachers, staff and alumni and an online survey completed by over 510 members of our community, Educators' Collaborative consultants and Pembroke Hill have put together an impressive and detailed profile that to inform and inspire candidates interested in applying for the position.

A Special Thanks to Search and Advisory Committees

The Search Committee comprises members of the Board of Trustees to determine priority qualities for the next head of school and evaluates candidates to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Composed of representatives of school constituencies, an Advisory Committee provides advice and counsel to the Search Committee in this process.

Search Committee
Anne Dema, Search Committee Chair
Don Montague, Board Chair
Jean-Willy de Pierre
David Chao
Rita Cortes
Alumna '83, Trustee
Steve Hughes
Alumnus '75, Former Trustee
Kimi Nelson
Alumna '82, Trustee
Clay Patterson
Alumnus '96, Trustee

Advisory Committee
Jamie Allen
Lower School Parent
David Burke
Assistant Upper School Principal, Director of College Counseling, Head Varsity Boys Golf Coach
Bobbi Elliott
Controller, Head 7/8 Volleyball Coach
Billie Howard Barnes
Fifth Grade Teacher
Noah Laible
Upper School Math Teacher, Assistant Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach, Assistant Robotics Coach
Bart Robertson
Assistant Director of Admissions - Ward Parkway Campus
Kit Smith
Early Childhood Teacher
Amanda Willis
Wornall Campus Counselor
Anna Toms
Alumna '05, Middle School English Department Chair, Dean of Students
Greg Wolf
Alumnus '88, Upper School Parent