Head of School Search

On March 12, Steve de Beer announced his plan to retire as Head of Westside School at the end of the 2024-2025 school year. 

During the past six years, Steve has brought a culture of community and collaboration, growing enrollment to more than 400 students and navigating the school through a pandemic to emerge stronger than ever. By the end of his tenure, Steve will have completed initiatives to improve teacher compensation, to bring a much-needed focus on DEIB, and to expand program offerings and learning support. He led the launch of a new preschool with a beautiful facility, orchestrated a rigorous once-in-a-decade re-accreditation process, and revitalized Westside community engagement. We will all miss his energy, his endless optimism, and his high-fives at the front door!


Head of School Search Process

The Search Committee, partnering with our search consultants Educators Collaborative, will work diligently to identify a new Head of School to start on July 1, 2025.

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  1. This search will rely on assistance and input from the Westside School community, starting with gathering feedback through a community survey and in-person visit with Educators Collaborative on April 15 & 16.
  2. From this input, EC will develop a leadership profile and position statement, which will be advertised extensively, leveraging EC's sizeable database and professional networks.
  3. Over the summer, the Search Committee will review detailed candidate dossiers and interview semifinalists to select the best matches for Westside.
  4. In late September and early October, there will be opportunities for our community to meet the finalists and provide feedback. An Advisory Committee composed of a variety of community members will be established to further support the vetting of finalist candidates.
  5. The Search Committee will conclude their work when they recommend a candidate to the Board for approval sometime in the fall.
  6. We expect to introduce the Head-Elect to the community by Thanksgiving break.


HEAD OF SCHOOL Job DescriptionWestside School Overview for Candidates

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About the Consultants

After reviewing proposals and interviewing several search firms, the Board retained Educators Collaborative (EC) to support us in conducting this search. EC has conducted over 1,000 successful head of school searches since 1971, many of those in the Pacific Northwest. Joan Beauregard and Eric Temple, our EC partners, have served as heads of schools throughout the Seattle area and California, have strong connections with leaders throughout the independent school community, and are well-respected by educators across the country.





Search Committee Members

Rory Tipton
Head of School Search Committee Co-Chair; Board of Trustees President; 8th, 4th, and 2nd Grade Parent.
Radhika Makhija
Head of School Search Committee Co-Chair; Chair of the Board DEIB Committee; 4th and 2nd Grade Parent.
Courtney Flora
Board Secretary, Governance Committee; 6th Grade Parent.
Garrett Bandy
Board Trustee, Building & Grounds Committee; 5th Grade Parent.  
Jason Bennett
Board Trustee, Finance Committee: 1st and 3rd Grade Parent. 
Jen Pham Corbett
Board Trustee, Advancement Committee; 1st & 4th Grade Parent. 


Head Search Upcoming Dates

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