Rachel Friis Stettler
Rachel is a Senior Consultant for head of school searches and mentoring. She currently coaches several heads of school in the Northeast and Midwest and works on leadership searches.
Rachel has over 30 years of educational leadership experience. She most recently served as the Head of School of The Winsor School (MA) for 12 years. Previously, she was the Principal of The Fieldston School ( NY) and the Founding Director of CITYterm at the Masters School (NY). She began her teaching and leadership career at Montclair Kimberley Academy (NJ) where she taught history and English, coached swimming and lacrosse, and was also appointed Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and served as Associate Director of College Counseling.
She also has extensive experience as a trustee on non-profit education boards both regionally and nationally. She was a mentor to participants in the National Association of Independent School Aspiring Heads Program and a field instructor for the Master’s Program in Private School Leadership at Columbia Teacher’s College.
Education & Interests
Rachel received a B.A. in politics from Princeton University and an M.A. in critical theory and architecture from Parsons School of Design. Subsequently, she was awarded and completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teacher College.
In addition to enjoying music and visual arts, hiking, biking, and travel, she is an avid cellist who has played in the Wellesley and Newton Symphonies, the Melrose Symphony, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, and the Midcoast Symphony of Maine. She also plays traditional Appalachian fiddle.