Dear Parents, Faculty and Friends,
We are pleased to announce that Laura Kang, the current Head of Mizzentop Day School in Pawling, New York, has accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees to be the next Head of East Woods School effective July 1, 2017.
Beginning in September, the Search Committee, worked with our search consultants from Educators’ Collaborative, and reviewed the credentials of candidates from all parts of the country and abroad. Following preliminary confidential interviews three of these applicants were then invited to visit the school, where they met at length with the Search Advisory Committee (representing faculty, parents, and past-parents/alumni) and with the full Search Committee as well as with students, parents, faculty and the administration team in various forums. The community provided valuable feedback to the Search Committee on each candidate as part of the process. The active participation and feedback demonstrates the commitment of this community to East Woods.
Following these visits, the Search Committee evaluated all of the feedback received from the community and voted unanimously to recommend the appointment of Laura Kang as the next Head of School to the full Board of Trustees. At a meeting on January 16th, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee.
Laura Kang has spent thirty-four years in education. In addition to her current position, she has served as Head of Eagle Cove/Gibson Island Country School in Pasadena, Maryland. Prior to that she was a teacher, Assistant Head and then Head of the Middle School at the Severn School from 1986-2008. She began her career at Cynthia Warner School in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she served as an English teacher and Dean of Students from 1982-86. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Education from Loyola College. Laura is the mother of twins, Maya and Parker, age 15, who reside with their father and attend ninth grade near Annapolis, Maryland.
We are confident that Laura’s warmth, breadth of experience, and intimate knowledge of Nursery-8thgrade education uniquely positions her to serve as East Woods’ next Head of School. Laura commented, “I’m thrilled to have been chosen to lead East Woods School. The incredible array of talents, skills, energies, hearts and minds within the East Woods community together constitute a powerful force that will propel us into the next decade and beyond.”
I would like to especially thank Kristin Dennehy for chairing the Search Committee and the other members of the Committee, Doug Arthur, Dana Bratti, Jennifer Casey, Cynthia Hemley and Kevin Mercier, who devoted countless hours and great care to the search process to ensure its successful outcome. I would like to thank the faculty, staff, students, parents, past-parents and alumni that participated in the search process and provided valuable feedback to the Search Committee. And finally, I would also like to thank our current Head of School, Matt Bradley, for his assistance in the search process and his leadership of our school through a time of renewed focus on curriculum, character, and community - the hallmarks of the East Woods mission.
The selection of the Head of School is one of the greatest responsibilities of trusteeship, and all of us in the East Woods family can be proud not only that Laura has accepted the appointment, but also that the scope of the search was so extensive and the qualities of the interested candidates so outstanding. We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to welcoming Laura to our community.
Brian G. Sweeney
President, Board of Trustees