Whitby Welcomes New Head of School

 

jason-anklowitz-headshotIt is with great pleasure and pride that the Board of Trustees announces the appointment of Mr. Jason Anklowitz as Whitby’s next Head of School. This appointment, effective July 1, 2018, is the result of a comprehensive international search in which Jason clearly distinguished himself from an extensive pool of highly qualified and impressive candidates.

Jason’s dedication to and expertise with both school leadership and student learning are qualities that the Board of Trustees felt were essential in our next Head of School, and we are confident that Whitby will continue to thrive under his leadership for many years to come.  We look forward to welcoming Jason, his wife Kate, and their son Charles to Whitby this summer. 

Bernadette Rohrbasser
Chair, Head of School Search Committee

Head of School Search Committee

Patricia Franklin
Board Chair

Deepa Javeri
Board Treasurer

Jason Korosec
Board Secretary
Lars Nielsen
Board Member

Bernadette Rohrbasser
Board Member and Chair of
Head's Search Committee

Andrew Wiener
Board Member

Communications

October 2017 | We're Pleased to Announce Whitby's Next Head of School

Dear Parents,

It is with great pleasure and pride that the Board of Trustees announces the appointment of Mr. Jason Anklowitz as Whitby’s next Head of School. This appointment, effective July 1, 2018, is the result of a comprehensive international search in which Jason clearly distinguished himself from an extensive pool of highly qualified and impressive candidates.

Based on the community’s feedback throughout the search process and with our school’s strategic vision in mind, Whitby’s Board of Trustees sought out an educational leader who:

has an entrepreneurial mindset and recognizes that empowerment and risk taking are at the forefront for personal growth as a student or teacher;
will embrace students defining success on their own terms by inspiring their love of learning, broadening their sense of responsibility, developing their critical thinking skills, and empowering them to take action in a global community;
is an inspirational leader who can mobilize and direct the passion and commitment of the school community and play an active role in the broader community to support Whitby’s aspirations; and
will commit to the school’s future success by upholding a long-term role as Head of School

We are thrilled to have found these qualities in Jason Anklowitz, whose leadership, commitment, integrity, and passion for lifelong learning are evident in his own career path.

About Jason Anklowitz:
Though a native of New Jersey, Jason first learned to read and write in Spanish while attending a Montessori school in Madrid. The experience left such an impression that Jason later returned to Spain where he worked at the American School of Madrid following his graduation from George Washington University.

Upon his return to the United States, Jason worked for Teach for America in Washington D.C., while simultaneously working towards a Master of Education from Harvard University. He entered the independent school world for the first time in 2004 and, following terms at schools in Boston and Washington, D.C., Jason spent seven years at the International School of Trieste in northeastern Italy, the last five of which he was the school’s Director.

Jason has spent the past five years at Carlthorp School in Santa Monica, California, most recently as the Associate Head of School. This past June, Jason completed his Master of Business Administration at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management with a Certificate in Entrepreneurialism.

“It is both exhilarating and an incredible honor to join a school community dedicated to intellectual curiosity, integrity and inclusion. From the first time my wife Kate and I visited Whitby’s beautiful campus with our son Charles, we felt completely at home. Throughout this school year, Kate and I look forward to getting to know better the school and all of you. All the best in the meantime and I hope to see you very soon!”- Jason

We would like to sincerely thank all members of the Whitby community for your commitment to this search process and your invaluable and thoughtful feedback. We are particularly grateful to our fellow Search Committee members, Deepa Javeri, Jason Korosec, Lars Nielsen and Andrew Wiener, who put in long hours over many months to bring this search to a successful conclusion, and for the continued support of our Board of Trustees.

Jason’s dedication to and expertise with both school leadership and student learning are qualities that the Board of Trustees felt were essential in our next Head of School, and we are confident that Whitby will continue to thrive under his leadership for many years to come.
We look forward to welcoming Jason, his wife Kate, and their son Charles to Whitby this summer.

Best regards,

Patricia Franklin, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Bernadette Rohrbasser, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee


Press Coverage:

Greenwich Free Press
Greenwich Post
Greenwich Time
Greenwich Patch

September 2017 | Update from Whitby Head of School Search Committee

Dear Parents,



The Whitby Head of School Search Committee is pleased to provide you with an update on our search. Throughout the spring and early summer, Bob Fricker of Carney, Sandoe & Associates conducted an extensive, international outreach for qualified candidates. The result was more than 60 educators who either expressed interest on their own or were identified by Bob and his team for their experience base and leadership traits.



From this selection, we reviewed the qualifications of an extensive, diverse and highly qualified group of professionals and invited 11 strong contenders to interview. This was an impressive group of educators serving as current heads of independent schools, heads of divisions, and senior administrators.



After an intense interview process over the last two months, the Search Committee unanimously agreed upon and selected three finalists to introduce to you. The last stage of the interview process will be to bring these finalists to Whitby in mid-September so they can meet with all constituent groups, providing an opportunity for you to get to know the candidates and share your feedback and impressions.



All parents are invited to meet the finalists in open forums with each candidate. The forums for all candidates will be held in the Athletics Center. Please mark your calendars now with the dates and times below so you are able to participate in these forums, an important step in the search process.



Candidate A: Monday, September 11 at 2:10 p.m.



Candidate B: Friday, September 15 at 8:15 a.m.



Candidate C: Tuesday, September 19 at 8:15 a.m.


We look forward to these community meetings and hope that you are able to meet all three finalists. Upon the completion of each visit, you will be asked to provide feedback to the Search Committee through a confidential survey. The input provided by you will be extremely helpful to us during our final deliberations.



A few days prior to each visit, we will send you information about the candidate, as well as a link for submitting your thoughts to the Search Committee following the visit. Until that point, details about the candidates remain private, as they have been assured that, until just prior to their visits, their candidacy will remain confidential.



As always, we invite questions and comments. Please do not hesitate to contact Bernadette Rohrbasser at brohrbasser@whitbyschool.org.

Sincerely,

Patricia Franklin, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Bernadette Rohrbasser, Chair of Head of School Search Committee

June 2017 | Press Release: Whitby School Announces Leadership Transition

Whitby School Announces Leadership Transition

Media Contact: Sarah Mead
Director of Marketing and Communications, Whitby School
203-302-3918 | smead@whitbyschool.org

As of June 30, 2017, Whitby School’s Head of School Bryan Nixon will take on a new position as Head of School at TASIS England. During his five-year tenure as Whitby’s Head of School, Bryan has built a strong and committed Senior Leadership Team to carry out Whitby's mission and vision which now supports this transition. Whitby School is delighted to announce that Simone Becker, Assistant Head of School and Head of Lower School, and Michelle Summers, Chief Financial Officer and Dean of Business Affairs, will lead the school in partnership during this transition period.

"Based on their knowledge, experience and dedication to the School, we are confident that Simone and Michelle will be very successful in their roles and will have the full support of the Senior Leadership team, our faculty and staff, and our community." Patricia Franklin, Chair of Whitby's Board of Trustees

Simone Becker began her international school career when she became one of the three founding teachers of the Berlin Potsdam International School. During her seven years at BPIS she participated in the International School Curriculum Project, which later became the Primary Year Program (PYP) for the International Baccalaureate Organization. Prior to joining Whitby in 2012, she implemented the PYP program at Atlanta International School while also completing her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership in an effort to continue her own professional learning and development. Simone continues to work for the IB as a workshop leader, site visitor and curriculum developer alongside her role as Head of Lower School at Whitby.

“To be of service to the Whitby community during this transition time is a great honor. Whitby is an exciting and dynamic place to be with dedicated and passionate faculty and staff, inspired and engaged students, a highly supportive parent community and a committed leadership team. It is with great enthusiasm and gratitude that I am looking forward to guiding our community through its next stages of development.” says Simone Becker

Michelle Summers joined Whitby School as the Chief Financial Officer/Dean of Business Affairs in May of 2016 and brought with her more than 14 years experience of non-profit and government finance and accounting. Before joining Whitby, Michelle was the Director of Finance for the Town of Kent, New York and also worked as a Controller for Greenwich Academy.

Whitby's Board of Trustees is now actively engaged in the Head of School search process. After evaluating a number of well-qualified search firms, the Board of Trustees has chosen Bob Fricker of Carney Sandoe & Associates to oversee a comprehensive selection process for Whitby’s next Head of School, with an anticipated appointment for the 2018-19 school year. Fricker recently engaged faculty, staff, administrators, students, parents and trustees in a two day site visit to help gain a deeper understanding of the School’s program, philosophy, culture, and aspirations as well Whitby’s vision for the future.

"Selecting a new Head of School is the most important function of a Board of Trustees and we are determined to find an outstanding educational leader who will embrace the School’s mission and continue to move Whitby forward into the future." - Patricia Franklin, Chair of Whitby's Board of Trustees

The Board is filled with enormous gratitude for Nixon's visionary leadership. Over the past five years, he has been a strong partner with the Board in transforming and growing our School. To name a few accomplishments, he strategically led Whitby through three in-depth reaccreditations studies, the construction of a four classroom addition, new Athletics Center and Makerspace; the acquisition of new neighboring land, and last year's full enrollment capacity for the first time in Whitby's history. 

"From enhancing our campus to growing enrollment, nothing has given me more pleasure than spending time in our classrooms. To see the engagement of our children, and to witness the ownership and empowerment they have for their learning journey, has been my inspiration....Whitby will always hold a special place in our lives and we are grateful to have been part of such a caring, dynamic and inspirational community." says Bryan Nixon

"I have no doubt that the considerable impact and momentum that Bryan has built in partnership with the Board and our community will continue in the coming years." says Patricia Franklin, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Press Coverage:
Greenwich Time
Greenwich Free Press
Greenwich Patch

May 2017 | Survey Email to Parents, Faculty and Staff

Dear Whitby Parents, Faculty and Staff,



Thank you to all who shared their thoughts and perspectives about Whitby’s next Head of School during Bob Fricker's visit on April 24 and 25. This campus visit has already ensured us of a comprehensive, inclusive, and diverse set of views about Whitby, which we will use to further refine our criteria in the selection process for our next Head of School. 



As a next step, we have created a survey, which is available for all community members who were unable to meet with Bob or had additional thoughts after meeting him. This additional opportunity for your voice to be heard will allow us to identify the professional and personal qualities you feel are important in the next Head of School.



Your responses will be confidential and go directly to Carney Sandoe. The survey should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will remain open through Friday, May 12.


Please Click Here to Complete the Head of School Survey

The Board and HOS Search Committee would like to thank you, in advance, for your participation in identifying the right Head of School to lead our wonderful community. Should you have any further thoughts or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.



Best regards,


Bernadette Rohrbasser

Chair, HOS Search Committee

April 2017 | Whitby Head of School Search Firm Announcement

Dear Parents,

On March 30, I wrote to inform you that Bryan Nixon will be leaving Whitby School to take on a new position as Head of School at TASIS England. To that end, the Board of Trustees has initiated a search for Whitby’s next Head of School. Selecting a new Head of School is the most important function of a Board of Trustees and we are determined to find an outstanding educational leader who will embrace the School’s mission and continue to move Whitby forward into the future.

The Head of School Search Committee will be chaired by Parents Association President and Board Trustee Bernadette Rohrbasser. Trustees Deepa Javeri, Jason Korosec, Lars Nielsen, Andrew Wiener and I will also serve on the Search Committee. As we engage in this search, we will also be joined by a faculty and staff advisory committee.

After evaluating a number of well-qualified search firms, the Board of Trustees has engaged Bob Fricker of Carney Sandoe & Associates to develop a comprehensive selection process for Whitby’s next Head of School. We are pleased to be partnering with Bob, a seasoned search consultant who is also the former Head of a Connecticut independent school, a former Board member of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and currently serves as an Honorary Board member of the Beijing City International School, an IB World School.

Bob will visit the Whitby campus next Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 to meet with the Whitby community. All parents are invited to join us for a meeting with Bob Fricker of Carney Sandoe next Tuesday, April 25 at 8 a.m. in the Library.

During his two day visit, Bob will interview faculty, staff, administrators, students, parents and trustees in order to gain a deeper understanding of our School’s program, philosophy, culture, and aspirations as well our vision for the future. Bob’s findings will be incorporated into a position description, which identifies the skills and abilities needed to take Whitby forward.

Although the primary responsibility for naming Whitby’s next Head of School lies with the Board of Trustees, the Board is committed to an inclusive and transparent search process that allows constituents to provide input about the important attributes we should consider when selecting the next Head of School.

There will be opportunities for the parent community to participate in the search process, and we welcome you to email Bernadette Rohrbasser at brohrbasser@whitbyschool.org with any thoughts and ideas over the coming months. We will also have a dedicated area on Whitby’s website for the search process that will include all information relevant to the search. Please keep in mind there will also be times when the work of the Search Committee needs to be confidential, so there will be quiet phases during this process.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank you for your continued support and commitment to Whitby School.

Sincerely,
Patricia Franklin
Chair of the Board of Trustees

March 2017 | Announcement from Patricia Franklin

Letter from Patricia Franklin, Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dear Parents,

As Chair of the Board of Trustees, I am proud to reflect on the tremendous passion, leadership and growth that Bryan Nixon has brought to Whitby School over the past five years. Today on behalf of the Board, I write to inform you that as of June 30, 2017, Bryan will be leaving Whitby School to take on a new position as Head of School at TASIS England. Though this was a difficult decision for Bryan, it is a unique opportunity for him to return overseas with his family and we are truly saddened to see him transition from Whitby.

The Board is filled with enormous gratitude for Bryan's visionary leadership. Over the past five years, Bryan has been a strong partner with the Board in transforming and growing our School. To name a few accomplishments, he has strategically led Whitby through three in-depth reaccreditations studies, the construction of a four classroom addition, new Athletics Center and MakerSpace; the acquisition of new neighboring land, and last year's full enrollment capacity for the first time in Whitby's history. But above all, Bryan has exemplified true leadership through our mission statement, as he has modeled passion, empowerment, open-mindedness and global perspective for our entire community.

During his tenure, Bryan has built a strong and committed Senior Leadership Team to carry out Whitby's mission and vision which now supports this transition. We are delighted to announce that Simone Becker, Head of Lower School, will take on the role of Assistant Head of School, to lead Whitby in partnership with Michelle Summers, Chief Financial Officer and Dean of Business Affairs, during this transition period. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Alissa Helgesen, Lower School Science and Math Coordinator, will take on the role of Assistant Head of Lower School. Based on their knowledge, experience and dedication to the School, we are confident that Simone, Michelle and Alissa will be very successful in their roles and will have the full support of the Senior Leadership team, our faculty and staff, and our community.

The Board will begin the search process for a new Head of School with an anticipated appointment for the 2018-2019 school year. The search process will involve representation from all constituencies in our community and will include frequent communication to our community as we advance our search process. We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to identify a new leader who can continue to build on Whitby’s many recent successes.

I have no doubt that the considerable impact and momentum that Bryan has built in partnership with the Board and our community will continue in the coming years, and we hope you will join us in celebrating Bryan’s contributions over the coming months. The passion and inspiration that Bryan has brought to our community is contagious, and we continue to look forward with excitement about the future of our School.

Sincerely,

Patricia Franklin
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Whitby School

March 2017 | Announcement from Bryan Nixon

Letter from Bryan Nixon, Head of School

Dear Parents,

It has been a privilege to serve the Whitby School community as your Head of School for the past five years. My wife and I have been blessed to be parents within this community and to see the exceptional learning opportunities that our three children have benefitted from. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I now inform our community that I will be leaving Whitby at the end of June 2017 to take up the post of Head of School at TASIS England beginning 1st July 2017. This transition was not anticipated, but it provides an opportunity for my family and me to return to the U.K.

The past five years have been a significant period of growth and development for Whitby School due to the work and dedication of each member of our community. A talented and innovative leadership team has guided this process, supported by a dedicated and committed Board of Trustees. Our students have experienced and lived our mission and, as they graduate, are flourishing in their high schools. Our community has enjoyed significant support from our parents through the gifts of their time, talent and treasure in so many wonderful and diverse ways.

However, from enhancing our campus to growing enrollment, nothing has given me more pleasure than spending time in our classrooms. To see the engagement of our children, and to witness the ownership and empowerment they have for their learning journey, has been my inspiration. This passion for learning extends into the work of my faculty and administrative colleagues. It has been a joy to lead a group of professionals who have a desire to not only continue their learning journey, but also to facilitate the learning of others and to challenge our students to take responsibility as open-minded, principled citizens within and beyond Whitby.

This sense of collective ownership for our development from classroom practice through to strategic planning will ensure that the school transitions smoothly beyond my leadership. Processes and procedures are in place to guide the school and to continue our development and growth. It is with deep appreciation that I pass over the reins to Simone Becker. Simone and I have worked together in different capacities for almost 20 years and I am so thankful that the Board of Trustees has determined that she will continue the progress we have enjoyed for the past five years. Simone will be supported by the Trustees, the Leadership Team and the faculty and staff. I look forward to hearing about the school’s continued success under her leadership and guidance.

To close, I want to thank everyone for their continued support and understanding as my family transitions to the U.K. Whitby will always hold a special place in our lives and we are grateful to have been part of such a caring, dynamic and inspirational community.

Warm regards,

Bryan Nixon
Head of School
Whitby School

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