The NAIS Member Voices podcast features stories from the thoughtful, hard-working individuals who make up the independent school community. You'll hear from faculty and staff at NAIS member schools about their roles, challenges, successes, inspiration sources, and more. Whether you are currently part of the NAIS community, considering joining, or simply interested in learning more about our industry, we hope you will listen and enjoy!
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Season 1 Episodes: 2017-18
Episode 1: Alex Brosowsky, Head of School, The Quaker School at Horsham
Alex Brosowsky, head of school at The Quaker School at Horsham (Pennsylvania), talks about running and marketing a small school, changes he’s noticed in independent schools over time, and the need to stop and take deep breaths.
Episode 2: Ann Klotz, Headmistress, Laurel School
Ann Klotz, headmistress at Laurel School (Ohio) speaks with us about her theatrical background, women in independent schools, and daring to fail gloriously.
Episode 3: Ruth Glass, Head of School, Lake Tahoe School
Ruth Glass, head of school at Lake Tahoe School (Nevada) discusses the need for community, how she approaches meeting with parents, her proudest moments, and more.
- NAIS Connect, an online community to share ideas and resources with peers.
Episode 4: Crissy Caceres, Assistant Head of School, Georgetown Day School
Crissy Caceres, assistant head of school at Georgetown Day School (Washington, DC), joins us to discuss best practices for creating an inclusive school community, the value of social activism, and how she spends her “free time.”
Episode 5: Chaka Cummings, Middle School Director, Blake School
Chaka Cummings, middle school director at the Blake School (Minnesota), explains how his background in corporate finance shaped his pedagogy. He discusses his experience as a division head of color and shares some of his favorite movie quotes.
Episode 6: Stacy Routhier, Director of Marketing and Communications, Renbrook School
Stacy Routhier, director of marketing and communications at Renbrook School (Connecticut), discusses marketing do’s and don’ts, staying afloat as an office of one, and the importance of getting away from your desk.
Episode 7: Marja Brandon, Head of School, Woodland School
Marja Brandon, head of school at Woodland School (California), shares stories of her Quaker upbringing, growing up with learning differences, and the importance of a strong handshake.
- The NAIS School Heads community allows heads of school to connect with peers to share ideas, find solutions, and expand their network.
This specific group is open to heads of NAIS member schools only, but there are many other groups available for other roles. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding this resource.
- The Spring 2017 issue of Independent School magazine, with the theme “The Innovation-Education Continuum.”
- Learn more about Marja on her blog.
Episode 8: Matthew Pearce, Executive Principal, Princeton International School for Mathematics and Science
Matthew Pearce, executive principal at Princeton International School for Mathematics and Science (New Jersey), discusses being a founding head of school, working with non-native English speakers, and his school’s unique model and approach.
Episode 9: Deanna Dement Myers, Director of Development, Fayerweather Street School
Deanna Dement Myers, director of development at Fayerweather Street School (MA), provides tips for development officers, talks about what it’s like to work in and have a child who attends an independent school, and describes how she, as a multiracial administrator, learns from students of color.
Episode 10: Lisa Damour, Consulting Psychologist, Laurel School
Lisa Damour, consulting psychologist at Laurel School (OH) and author of Untangled, describes what it’s like working at an all-girls school, how to help students build resilience, and what she’s reading right now.
Episode 11: Martha Perry, Principal, St. Clement's School
Martha Perry, principal at St. Clement's School (Canada), tells us about her leadership journey, how she approaches transgender issues at her school, and what surprises her most in her role.
Episode 12: Amani Reed, Head of School, The School at Columbia University
Amani Reed, head of school at The School at Columbia University (NY), joins us to discuss his work in equity and justice, what he's baking right now, and the importance of laughing a lot.
Episode 13: Larry Goodman, Head of School, Andrews Osborne Academy
Larry Goodman, head of school at Andrews Osborne Academy (OH), tells us why he has the best job in the world, the vital importance of creative thinking, and his dream of becoming the play-by-play announcer for the Baltimore Orioles.
Episode 14: Kathryn McNamee, High School Principal, St. Mary's Academy
Kathryn McNamee, high school principal at St. Mary's Academy (CO), tells us about the challenges that come with modern technology, her passion for her students, and what she's planning to do in retirement.
Episode 15: Peter Gurt, President, Milton Hershey School
Peter Gurt, president at Milton Hershey School (PA), speaks with us about servant leadership, life at a boarding school, and his acting background.
Episode 16: Doug Worthen, Director of Mindfulness, Middlesex School
Doug Worthen, director of mindfulness at Middlesex School (MA), joins us to discuss his practice, what it's like living with 30 adolescent boys, and meditating while scuba diving.
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