SCDS is delighted to announce that it has appointed Ms. Kimberly A. Zaidberg as its next Head of School! Following Michael G. Murphy's retirement at the end of this 2017-18 academic year, Ms. Zaidberg will assume the headship effective July 1, 2018. Announcing the decision, SCDS Board of Trustees President Ramona Emerson noted that "the Board unanimously confirmed Ms. Zaidberg's appointment following the enthusiastic recommendation of the Head of School Search Committee. Ms. Zaidberg's warmth, passion, vision, and outstanding record make it clear she possesses the key attributes and qualities necessary to guide SCDS successfully in the next exciting phase of its evolution."
Ms. Zaidberg is in her seventh year as Head of School at Rockland Country Day School (RCDS), a Pre-K through 12 school in Congers, New York. Prior to RCDS, she served as the founding Middle School Principal of Girls Prep Charter School and as Middle School Principal of Connelly Middle School of the Holy Child, both in New York City. Her earlier career was spent leading after school programs with a focus on educational enrichment and remediation as well as social-emotional development. With 25 years in education, she began her career as an educator teaching English and history on St. Croix at St. Joseph High School, her alma mater. She received her BA in sociology from Oberlin College and her EdM in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University.
"During her finalist visit in September, Ms. Zaidberg impressed faculty, staff, parents, and trustees with her intellect, creativity, interpersonal skills, empathy, warmth, and experience in all facets of school leadership and management," Emerson explained. "She demonstrated a respect for SCDS's history, mission, and leadership in the field of gifted and inquiry-based education, as well as the forward-thinking mindset and creativity necessary to inspire teachers, students, parents, and alumni while ensuring our school's continued growth."
The opportunity to head SCDS attracted the interest of an impressive number of remarkable candidates from across the country and Ms. Zaidberg's appointment is the result of a comprehensive search process that began nearly a year ago.
Writing to the SCDS community, Ms. Zaidberg reflected:
|When I began my Head of School Search earlier this year, I had a few criteria for my new school and community. I hoped to find a school that was organized around the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of its students. I sought a school whose pedagogical underpinnings prioritized deep learning through the pursuit of questions and the application and creation of ideas. I endeavored to find a community of educators who, like me, believed in the beauty and necessity of being a diverse community, committed to equity and inclusion. I was captivated by the level of inquiry and discourse in classrooms; I was inspired by the intentionality of the community to be student-centered and socially conscious; I was moved by the warmth and commitment I felt from every single person I encountered...I look forward to joining the community of Seattle Country Day School.|
We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Zaidberg to our community and cherish our final academic year with our current Head of School, Mr. Murphy.