I want again to express my profound and sincere thanks for all you have done throughout the search, Ben. For me, there was a special bond that developed among us. When we first met, you may recall that I emphasized we were looking for true partners in the search. That is exactly what we got. You were also an adviser, guide, cheerleader, traveler from remote places, and realist. Your patience inspired me, and you put up with the many demands I placed on you. You educated me about a world that was largely unfamiliar to me. You guided us to a successful conclusion. I would like to thank you for your friendship and all that you have done.
The Packer Collegiate Institute
Lawrence Alexander works beautifully with independent schools on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have found him to be the perfect match for our DEI work at East Woods School.
Lawrence Alexander works beautifully with independent schools on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. His background as an independent school administrator, faculty member, and parent positions him uniquely to understand the most effective and lasting way to help schools bring about needed change. He believes it's important to start this work with the community you have rather than to wait for the community you would like to have. He draws on a wealth of resources as well as years of experience, and he brings his whole heart and mind to each community he helps. We have found him to be the perfect match for our DEI work at East Woods School.
Working with Bill Clarkson as an executive coach has been an enlightening experience for me. Although I was not an inexperienced head, I felt that I needed help to navigate my relationship with our board of trustees in a difficult context. My coaching sessions with Bill have helped me frame the questions and challenges I was facing and establish strategies to deal effectively and professionally with complicated situations. Bill has been a very effective coach because he is an excellent listener who knows to ask and make one ask oneself the right questions.
In addition, he has superb analytical skills and has the ability to walk one through problems, helping one separate the mundane from the important. Moreover, Bill has a long experience both as a school leader and as a coach that he is able to draw from, encouraging one to devise both tactical and strategic solutions to complex questions. In addition to coaching me with governance issues, Bill has also helped me with all the matters with which a head deals on a daily basis, favoring, there again, the development of long-term strategies to address issues.
Bill encouraged me to develop a strategic proactive mindset with every aspect of my job and his advice and coaching has been instrumental in my growth as a school leader. I recommend him with the utmost enthusiasm to any school leader who wants to hone his/her skills.
Bob Windham and Bill Christ did an excellent job for Trinity School of Midland last year in conducting the head of school search. They represented the School well, identified and helped recruit several strong candidates, and gave good advice to the Search Committee all throughout the process.
I want to take a moment to thank the three of you for your guidance, professionalism, insight, and constant vigilance as we undertook this most important undertaking. I think we had a series of good decisions in this process but the best one we had was the selection of Carney Sandoe as our search team. It got us off to a great start and an ultimately successful end! I learned a great deal through this process and I will always be grateful for the experience.
Carney Sandoe provided tremendous support to the Hockaday search. The breadth of the candidate pool, the connections within the independent school community, and the depth of the personal interviews with candidates were all hallmarks.
Carney Sandoe provided tremendous support to the Hockaday search. The breadth of the candidate pool, the connections within the independent school community, and the depth of the personal interviews with the candidates prior to meeting the search committee were all hallmarks. In particular, our consultants, Rayna and Aggie, were keenly aware of and sensitive to not only the requirements of the position but also the emotional needs of our school during our time of transition. They were accessible 24/7 and immediately responsive to all of our requests. The success of our search was due to their thorough process, their talented candidate pool, and their wise counsel along the way. I highly recommend CS&A for any independent school search.
Executive coaching is great because I can schedule sessions to fit my work week. I can make phone meetings with my coach for most any time of day or week that works for both of us. I customize our sessions to address my immediate questions while also asking my coach for general insight about issues connected to the work of a head of school. I value the wisdom and knowledge of Ann Teaff and genuinely look forward to regularly connecting with her. It’s an opportunity for me to step away from the business of the work to truly reflect with what feels to me to be a close friend who has my best interests in mind. I highly recommend Ann!
My personal gratitude for your guidance, patience, expertise, and professionalism at every turn of our Search and Transition is difficult to put in to words. I couldn’t have done it without you. For that and so many other things, we at SAS (and especially the Search Committee) are so indebted to you. Our successful search began with CS&A, but it was working with you that really made it happen. I am sure you sensed that the stakes couldn’t have been higher, and we hit the ball out of the park thanks to you.
Thanks go to Amanda Riegel of Carney, Sandoe & Associates. She did a wonderful job first of learning a great deal about our school and then seeking out the candidates who were the best fit for us. I have never met a consultant who works harder on behalf of a school.
Sarah and I have found Jennifer to be an absolute gem. She’s fun to work with and her expertise is tremendous. She carefully vetted the candidates up front and then followed up with the references incredibly well. So pleased that we took on this pioneering process together. We just hired a really super new counselor!