Head of School Announcement

The Westside School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Steve de Beer as our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2018. With an exceptionally strong recommendation from the search committee, the Board voted unanimously to hire Steve.

October 16, 2017
Denver, CO

Dear Westside community,

It is with great joy and tremendous honor that I accept the Board’s offer to become your next Head of School.

Westside School clearly aspires to provide children with strong foundational skills and to equip them to become flexible, creative thinkers and engaged citizens. The school’s mission to challenge students to achieve academic success, and to connect their human spirit and imagination to learning, resonates with me deeply.

During my two days on campus earlier this month, I was moved by the hugely passionate and talented school community I found. The teachers are skillful, impassioned, and hard-working. The leadership team of assistant head and division heads are highly qualified and accomplished. The parents are committed and supportive. The students are delightful and exceptional. The board is smart, dedicated, and generous. The building is warm and welcoming, and designed perfectly for the great learning that happens every day. All of this points to a wonderful recipe for success. I am excited to join this stellar team.

My wife Steph and I are thrilled to be moving to West Seattle. We look forward to purchasing a home and integrating ourselves fully with the community. Mostly, we look forward to getting to know all of you and to becoming your neighbors, and to continuing to build the relationships that we have already started to form. My daughters, Emma and Leah, who will both be in college during my first year at Westside, are excited to explore all that the area has to offer.

I am very grateful for the incredible amount of work the Board, the Search Committee, and the whole community has put into this search. The commitment to the school is admirable. Over the next few months, I am planning to visit Westside on a few occasions and I look forward to connecting with you personally.

As my family and I plan this transition from Colorado to Washington, I am looking forward to being a part of everything that the Westside community has to offer. I am grateful to be playing a role in the amazing future that the school has in front of it.

In appreciation and anticipation,
Steve de Beer

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