Rachel Friis Stettler
Rachel holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) and an M.A. in Critical Theory and Architecture from Parsons School of Design (New York, NY). Subsequently, she was awarded and completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University’s Teacher College (New York, NY). She has since returned to Columbia as a field instructor and mentor for students in the Master’s Program in Private School Leadership.
Her career in education began at The Montclair Kimberly Academy (Montclair, NJ). For 16 years, in addition to teaching in the history and English departments and coaching swimming and lacrosse, she served in various administrative roles including Freshman Dean, Associate Director of College Guidance, and Director of Admission and Financial Aid. From there, Rachel was hired by The Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, NY) as the Founding Director for CITYterm, an experienced-based semester program for students in grades 11 and 12 that explores academic subjects through the lens of New York City. After The Masters School, Rachel became Principal of the Fieldston Campus (grades 7-12) of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School (Riverdale, NY). In 2004, Rachel became the seventh Head of School at The Winsor School (Boston, MA).
Rachel has dedicated herself to a number of professional organizations, including the National Association of Independent Schools where she was a mentor to participants in the Aspiring Heads Fellowship, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, and she served as a trustee of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls. She is a member of the corporation of The Belmont Hill School, where she also served as a trustee, and The Winsor School. She is a member of the Foundation Board for Grace Cottage Hospital (VT).