Head of Schools Search

Head of Schools Search
 
Introducing Ms. Amy Hollinger, Incoming Head of Schools
Amy Hollinger Photo
 
"I am thrilled by the opportunity to join the inclusive and innovative community that is Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH. The commitment to making sure every student has an individual path for their learning combined with a robust arts program and an inclusive approach to athletics in a supportive community seems the ideal environment for students to thrive. I am delighted to be joining this passionate group of educators, students, and families that make up this vibrant community!"
 
- Ms. Amy Hollinger
Incoming Head of Schools
Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH Schools
 
 

It’s with absolute pleasure and enthusiasm that the Board of Trustees announces our unanimous decision to appoint Ms. Amy Hollinger as the Head of Schools for Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance and REACH Schools. Ms. Hollinger, who will be the first woman Head of Schools our 40-year history, will join us on Thursday, July 1.

After spending substantial time with Ms. Hollinger, it became clear to the search committee that she possesses the academic, managerial and strategic planning skills to take our schools to the next level. She has strong listening skills and a keen attention to detail. Moreover, her ability to observe, evaluate and develop solutions is remarkable. Ms. Hollinger is dedicated to academic excellence for all students—gifted, typical and neurodiverse learners. And her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is rooted in Ms. Hollinger’s continuing education and experience as an educator. We know that Ms. Hollinger will be an effective advocate for our schools and students, giving voice to the benefits of our unparalleled progressive education model in the Los Angeles-region and nationwide.

The RHP, Renaissance, and REACH community made resounding calls for change and unity throughout the search process. At this pivotal time in our schools’ history, we believe Ms. Hollinger will successfully answer those calls.

An educator with 27 years of experience, Amy is coming to us from Puget Sound Community School, a 6th-12th-grade Seattle independent school where she is the Head of School. Amy received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in education, in addition to a specialist degree in educational leadership from the University of Florida. After beginning her career in the classroom and serving as a cross country and track coach, Amy shifted into administrative roles, including serving as associate head of Westside School, director of professional learning for Global Online Academy and executive director of TESLA, a school she co-founded. 

 

“Congratulations to the Husky Community! As Head of School, Amy Hollinger will shower you with her warm smiles, grace you with her love for children, their families, and their pets, she will brighten any day, all while delivering with a velvet-gloved hand, state of the art leadership. I am thrilled for your community, you will thrive experiencing her steady, calming ways.”

 

- Eve Keller
Board Chair
Puget Sound Community School

 

 

We would like to thank our search committee, advisory committee, and our advisory committee co-chairs Josh Esquibel and Sue Mathews for their incredible work. Over 25 members of our community, including students, parents, teachers, staff, alumni parents, alumni, former trustees and community leaders, generously volunteered their time to support our search. We also would like to thank you—our RHP/Ren/REACH community—for your invaluable feedback throughout the search process which was crucial to bringing it to a successful conclusion.

Please join us in welcoming Amy, Randy, Jack, David and Sophie, to our Husky Family!

 
About Ms. Amy Hollinger
 

An educator with 27 years of experience, Ms. Hollinger holds a tireless commitment to equity and social justice. Ms. Hollinger is currently the Head of School at Puget Sound Community School, a small 6th-12th-grade independent school in Seattle’s International District. Ms. Hollinger’s career has included working in both public and independent schools, ranging in size from 44 to 1100 students. The ideal school size for her is 200 to 400 students. After teaching in all grades from Kindergarten to college, Ms. Hollinger shifted into administration as an Assistant Principal at the University of Florida’s lab school. Her other leadership experiences include serving as Associate Head of Westside School, Director of Professional Learning for Global Online Academy, and Executive Director of TESLA, a school she co-founded. Ms. Hollinger enjoys facilitating parent education events and working with educators around the globe. She has presented at national and international conferences, developed a professional learning program for educators, and successfully led schools during times of transition.

Ms. Hollinger attended the University of Florida where she received her bachelor’s degree in education, a master’s degree in education, and a specialist degree in educational leadership. In her early career at the University of Florida’s lab school, Ms. Hollinger was exposed to a way of working that promoted continual learning about the intersection between educational practice and personal identity. She specifically became aware of and interested in unpacking how identity markers and privilege impact experiences of students, teachers, parents, and staff. Teaching at the lab school afforded Ms. Hollinger a solid foundation in progressive individualized pedagogy as well as a front-burner commitment to educational equity. In her administrative role she was instrumental in both daily operations and strategic planning. These experiences shaped Ms. Hollinger into a lifelong learner. After being a teacher, a cross country and track coach, and an administrator, Ms. Hollinger had the opportunity to start a school and design a professional learning program.

Ms. Hollinger has spent the last eight years of her career meticulously crafting experiences that have allowed her to learn the business side of schools. Working alongside a CFO and Director of Advancement, she explored the intricacies (and balancing acts!) of school finance, development work, communications, and enrollment management. During this time, she was also overseeing both the school facilities team and the academic programming. Later, when she was a Head of School, she was able to apply all she had learned. From mediating passionate debates about what color to paint classroom walls to instilling leadership opportunities for students in school governance, Ms. Hollinger has truly learned the ins and outs of running a school!

Ms. Hollinger grew up on a horse ranch in Tucson, Arizona. She spent most of her time in a barn, which helped her develop a disposition towards rolling up her sleeves and getting hard work accomplished. She attended The Gregory School, where she learned the value of an independent school education. Ms. Hollinger currently lives in Seattle with her husband of 23 years and their three teenage children. Jack is currently a freshman at the University of Washington, David is completing his senior year of high school, and her daughter, Sophie, is a freshman in high school. When Ms. Hollinger is not working as a Head of School, she loves to hike with her family (including her dog, Luna) and cheering on her beloved Seahawks!

 

The Search Process

The schools secured the services of Marcus Hurlbut and Joan Beauregard of Educators' Collaborative to assist with the identification and assessment of qualified Head of Schools candidates. Additionally, both a board-level search committee and an advisory committee comprised of stakeholders from various constituencies took part in the selection and assessment process. We value the input and participation of our general community and encouraged all community members to fill out the Head of Schools Search Survey to have their initial thoughts heard.

 

 
Search Committee Members
 
Chloe Reid Boutelle
Board Chair
Director of Development
USC Gould School of Law
Parent ‘22
 
Mike Quarry
Board Secretary
Vice President
Fidelity Investments
Parent '23
 
Mari-Jo Deutschman
Trustee
Co-Founder
Little Dolphins By The Sea School 
 
Arthur Berg
Former Trustee
Parent '13
 
 
Rose Contreras
Former Trustee
Parent '13
 
 
 
Search Advisory Committee
 
Search Advisory Committee Co-Chairs
 

Josh Esquibel

Current RHP Parent

Search Advisory Co-Chair

Sue Mathews

Associate Head of School for Advancement

Search Advisory Co-Chair
 
Search Advisory Committee Members
 
Michael Altieri

Former Board Member

Former Renaissance School Parent

 

Cheryl Beshke

RHP and Renaissance School Teacher

 

Matthew Blanchette

DEI Co-Coordinator

Renaissance School Teacher

 

Bria Booth

RHP Alumna

 

Jonny Brammah

RHP and Renaissance School Teacher

 

Dr. Cindy Chun

Head of School

Peninsula Heritage School

 

Laura Connell

Current Renaissance School Parent

Former RHP Parent

 

Kate Critchett

Current Renaissance School Parent

 

Rick Curcio

Former Board Member

Former RHP Parent

 

Traci Dalke

Current RHP Parent

 

Devon Darley

Current RHP Student

 

Burnadean Dyment

Director of College Counseling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Franks

REACH Teacher

 

Arsenio Hernandez

Current RHP Parent

 

Shannon Kitani

Associate Director of Admission

Former RHP Parent

 

Ellen Lauricella

Current REACH Parent

 

Jennie Linthorst

Current RHP Parent

 

Alex McCulloch

Current Renaissance Parent

 

Charlotte Oduro

Renaissance School Teacher

 

David Olson

Former Board Chair

Former RHP Parent

 

Sarah Platte

Former Renaissance School Parent

 

Nia Quinonez-Kurnick

Current Renaissance School Student

 

Karla Reid

Current Renaissance School Parent

 

Cameron Rogers

Director of Marketing and Communications

RHP Alumnus

 

Robert Van Nice

Former Board Member

Former RHP Parent

 

Kimberly White-Smith

Current Renaissance School Parent

 

 
David Maher's Departure as Head of Schools
 

On November 13, 2020, David Maher, Head of Schools for Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH Schools announced that he will conclude his service at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year. David Maher's commitment to the schools throughout his six-year tenure has had a positive impact on our schools and we look forward to finding a successor with a similar sense of drive and perseverance in the year ahead. You may find letters from both David Maher and Chloe Boutelle, Chair of our Board of Trustees, regarding David's resignation at the bottom of this page. 

 

 
Letters from Head of Schools and Board of Trustees
 
Please click the bolded text below to view letters from David Maher and Chloe Boutelle in their entirety.

November 13, 2020

 

Dear Trustees,

 

David Maher

I write to tell you that I will end my tenure at Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance, and REACH Schools at the end of the current school year. I am truly appreciative for the opportunity to have served as the Director of Upper Schools, Assistant Head of School, and Head of Schools over the last six years. My daily interactions with our faculty and staff, parents, and most importantly, our students, have given me countless memories and a deep passion for the mission and impact of our three great schools.

 

Taking part in our family of schools’ incredible progress as we provide a transformative education for our students has been a privilege. I am confident that our innovative and incredibly talented faculty, staff, and administrative team, along with our dedicated Board of Trustees will continue Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance and REACH Schools on their current path of success and growth in the coming years.

 

Most pressingly, there is much to do in the months ahead. I am committed to leading all three schools through the winter and spring and as we continue to anticipate our return to in-person instruction and campus-based life.

 

I look forward to the events and celebrations commemorating the milestone anniversaries of both RHP and Renaissance, and to the conversations with so many of you to extend my personal gratitude. Laura and I are grateful for the positive impact the schools have had on our lives and we truly appreciate the chance to be a part of the incredible Husky Community. In the spirit of “Once a Husky, Always a Husky,” I look forward to staying in touch and learning about the continued accomplishments that are on the horizon.


With sincere appreciation,

 

David's Signature

David Maher

Head of Schools

 
 

November 13, 2020

 

Dear Husky Community,

 

Chloe Reid Boutelle, Board ChairOur Head of Schools David Maher has informed the Board of Trustees that 2020-21 will be his last year at Rolling Hills Prep, Renaissance and REACH Schools. The Board received this news with tremendous appreciation and respect for what David has accomplished in his six years at our Schools, but also with regret that his tenure is coming to an end. While David will always be a Husky at Heart, we understand and support his desire to pursue new challenges.

 

As part of the Husky family, David has demonstrated his profound commitment to our Schools’ mission of finding the potential in every student. David’s accomplishments include the successful WASC reaccreditation of both RHP and REN; hiring the most experienced and diverse leadership team in the Schools’ history; the renovation and installation of the Adam Z. Rice Memorial Theater; the approval to be a candidate school for an RHP International Baccalaureate for Middle School Years Program; introduction of three specialized diploma programs; creation of admissions agreements with both the University of LaVerne and Marymount California University; and most recently the launch of our newest school, REACH Elementary School.

 

And while these accomplishments are easy to see, David’s signature one-on-one relationships with students, parents, guardians, faculty, and staff are equally important and cherished. No doubt, his big smile and genuine charisma will be missed by all. David has been the embodiment of our four pillars – disciplined minds, sound character, healthy bodies, and creative spirits. As evident in the talent of our faculty, staff, and students, his leadership will positively affect our community for years to come.

 

David will serve as Head of Schools until June 30, 2021 and is committed to a smooth and orderly transition. This includes continuing to help bring students back to campus with the hope that schoolwide in-person learning will be achieved when it is safe to do so.

 

With this announcement, the Board of Trustees established a core group of trustees who will serve on a search committee. And, as is considered best practice for these searches, I will chair the committee. In addition, I will appoint a Search Advisory Committee comprised of members of our community who will participate in the interview process of the finalists. We have also retained Educators’ Collaborative, LLC, a search firm with almost four decades of experience, which will lead a national search process for our next Head of Schools. Educators’ Collaborative recently led the successful head of school searches for Chadwick School and Vistamar School.

 

Let me assure you that everyone in our community will be given opportunities to weigh-in on our search process. We value your input and support as we embark on the search process in the coming days. Information will be forthcoming about upcoming ZOOM focus groups. To keep everyone informed, we have created a webpage dedicated to the search to provide regular updates. Our goal is to appoint a new Head of Schools by the spring of 2021.

 

On behalf of the Trustees as well as those who have worked with David over the past 6 years, we express our deepest gratitude for his leadership and friendship. And while we will have opportunities to celebrate and recognize his work before the school year ends, I know that I speak on behalf of our entire Husky community when I say thank you, David. We wish you and your family all the best.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chloe's Signature

Chloe Reid Boutelle

Chair, Board of Trustees

Parent ’22