Head of School Search

In May 2019, Head of School Nishant N. Mehta announced his intention to step down as head of The Children’s School at the end of the 2019-20 school year following seven years of service. The Search Committee has engaged a consulting team from RG175 to spearhead the search for a new head of school. This page will be updated regularly with news about their progress.


  • May 2, 2019: Nishant Mehta and Board Chair Fran Gary announce news of his departure in June 2020
  • May 2019: TCS Board selects Resource Group 175 (RG175) as the firm to help lead the search for our next Head of School
  • July 25, 2019: Search Committee is announced
  • Aug. 26 – 27, 2019: Search consultants Tony Featherston and Coreen Hester on campus to meet with parents, faculty and administration
  • October 2019: Deadline for candidate applications

Position Statement

Click here to see the TCS Head of School position statement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the role of the Search Committee?

It is the responsibility of the Board to hire, support, and evaluate its sole employee, the Head of School. To this end, the Board of Trustees has appointed a Head of School Search Committee. The Search Committee, along with the search consultant firm RG175, is tasked with directing the new Head of School search process from start to finish. The Committee will coordinate input from TCS’s various constituencies, work with the search consultant to develop the detailed job/position description, and review the first round of candidates. They will then organize and conduct interviews with the semifinal and final candidates. At the end of the process, the Search Committee will present one candidate as a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The final decision rests with the Board of Trustees. During the entire process, the Search Committee and the Board will keep the TCS community informed and engaged while ensuring and respecting the confidentiality of the recruitment process.

Q: What is the role of TCS’s faculty, staff, and administration in the process?

Faculty, staff and administration will be actively engaged throughout the search by taking the time to meet candidates when they visit the school, welcoming visitors into their classrooms, and providing other means of input as requested by the Search Committee.

Q: How can I be involved in the search? How can I give my input?

Community input in this process is very important. The Search Committee will vet the initial pool of candidates and identify a group of semi-finalists who will be interviewed in a confidential setting. The need to maintain confidentiality primarily helps to ensure that expressing interest in this position will not compromise those potential candidates who have not yet informed their current schools of their possible interest in a career move. The finalists (usually 3-4 individuals) will be invited to campus and have an opportunity to meet with members of the TCS community through a variety of venues and forums.

Q: Will the Head of School search impact my child’s experience at TCS?

There is only one Head of School at a time, and Nishant continues to lead the school with the same heart and passion as he has over the past six years. Our faculty, staff and administrators are committed to our primary goal, which is to provide your child with an outstanding educational experience and to fulfill our mission: to develop collaborative, creative, and brave/confident learners with the strength of voice to follow their hearts and make a difference.

Q: How long will the Head of School (HOS) search last? When do you expect to hire the next HOS?

A head of school search takes between 6-12 months. Our goal is to select a new head of school before the end of this calendar year, with the new Head to start on July 1, 2020.

Q: How will the school community be kept informed about the search?

Updates regarding the search will be shared through periodic emails to the community when particular milestones have been reached. Updates will also be made to this webpage.

Q: Who will make the final hiring decision?

The Board of Trustees is responsible for hiring TCS’s Head of School. During the search process, the Board – through the Search Committee – will seek input from the entire community, but the final hiring decision will be made by the Board.

Search Committee

Chair, Fran Gary
Trustee/Immediate past board chair and TCS parent

Jeff Beckham
Trustee and TCS parent

Callie Benson
Faculty/Administration representative

Matt Ford
Trustee and former TCS parent

Jane Gore
Trustee and TCS parent

Sonya Halpern
Trustee/Board Chair and TCS parent

Damian Kavanagh

Michele Reiner
Parent representative and former board chair

Mike Ryan
Trustee and TCS parent