Head of School Search
In December 2019, Sally Keidel announced she will be departing Montgomery School at the end of the 2019-2020 school year, following six years of service.
In her letter to the Montgomery community, Sally shared the following message:
"It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to share with you that I will be departing as Head of School in June 2020 to begin a new chapter in my career. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this very special community and for the many meaningful relationships I created and will treasure going forward.”
"I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty and staff, colleagues in education who live the motto of our school so authentically. We could not have succeeded in so many of our endeavors without the commitment of the administrative team, the Board of Trustees, and the unwavering support of our parents. Most of all, I have cherished the daily opportunity to engage with the talented and engaged students entrusted to our care.”
Board of Trustees Patty Dahm P'15 and Kristine Ilaria P'23 '29 will co-chair the search committee for the next head of Montgomery School, a process that will include soliciting input from all constituents from the Montgomery School community.
Montgomery School's community will be informed throughout the search process for the next Head of School, and this page will be updated as the search progresses.
To help guide the search process, the school has retained Carney, Sandoe & Associates, an industry leader among independent school search firms. Carney Sandoe is renowned for their excellent work in independent school leadership search, faculty recruitment, and strategic consulting. Our efforts will be led by search experts Burke Zalosh and Bob Vitalo.
We encourage our parents to share their comments, questions, and thoughts with the search committee during one of the following parent sessions:
Thursday, January 9
6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Library
Friday, January 10
7:45 - 8:30 am in the Library
If you are unable to attend a meeting, please share your thoughts with the search committee by contacting Burke Zalosh at email@example.com or Bob Vitalo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patty Dahm P'15, Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees
Kristine Ilaria P'23,'29, Trustee
Harry Carpenter P'12,'13,'17, Trustee
Julie Diaz P'16,'18,'27, MSCA Vice President, 2019-2020
Paul Gilbert P'17,'20,'23, Secretary, Board of Trustees
Michele Long P'24,'26, Trustee
James McConnel, Director of Finance and Operations
Kami Mulzet, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Marketing Assistant and Social Media Specialist
Staci Williams Seeley P'18, Chair of the Board of Trustees
- A Letter From Sally Keidel, Head of School, December 12, 2019
- A Letter from Staci Williams Seeley, Chair of the Board of Trustees, December 12, 2019
- A Message From The Search Committee
December 12, 2019
Dear Montgomery School Community,
It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to share with you that I will be departing as Head of School in June 2020 to begin a new chapter in my career. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this very special community and for the many meaningful relationships I created and will treasure going forward.
From the moment I stepped onto the campus in 2010 as a prospective parent, I felt the “Montgomery Magic” -- the excitement and sheer joy of children learning; the deep connections between students, faculty and families; the emphasis on academic challenge infused with character education. Immediately, my husband and I knew that Montgomery was where we wanted to send our son. As a Head of School candidate four years later, the positive energy was palpable to me. Remarkably, the magical feeling that greeted me as a prospective parent carried over after I was installed as Head of School.
I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty and staff, colleagues in education who live the motto of our school so authentically. We could not have succeeded in so many of our endeavors without the commitment of the administrative team, the Board of Trustees, and the unwavering support of our parents. Most of all, I have cherished the daily opportunity to engage with the talented and engaged students entrusted to our care.
Together, we accomplished a great deal in the past six years. We celebrated the School’s Centennial birthday and completed a community-based Strategic Plan, A Bold Move Forward, which culminated in our Excellence within Reach initiative. In conjunction with our happy observance of our Centennial, we engaged anew with many alumni, parents and friends, and we made a commitment to secure Montgomery’s short-term and long-term futures with the enrollment growth created by the Excellence within Reach plan.
As a School and community, we have made significant accomplishments in the past six years. We secured reaccreditation from the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. We grew the Annual Fund. We enhanced our curriculum and implemented a faculty evaluation system. We also improved our digital presence through our outreach and social media. For these past six years, the work was always energizing and challenging, and our diligent efforts on behalf of this wonderful school leave it in a better position than it was when we began.
There is quite a bit of important work which remains to be done over the next six months. During this transition, I look forward to partnering with the Administrative Team and our outstanding faculty and staff. I will also be working closely with the Board of Trustees, in particular, with Board Chair, Staci Williams Seeley. Staci and I have collaborated on a series of initiatives in her capacity as the chair of the board of trustees, to see projects through to productive fruition and to always have what is best for Montgomery School at the top of mind.
I very much look forward to seeing how this remarkable Montgomery community will continue to grow, evolve, and strengthen as we finish out this year and long into the future.
With deepest gratitude,
Head of School
December 12, 2019