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Head of School Search


The Mission of Harbor Country Day School:
'Harbor cherishes childhood, cultivates wonder and inspires confident learners and leaders.'

On March 4, 2021, Harbor Country Day's beloved Head of School, John Cissel, announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2022.  Following the announcement, Harbor's Board of Trustees appointed co-chairs for the Head of School Search Committee. The co-chairs, along with the board chair, spoke with four and interviewed three educational leadership search firms to identify one to serve as consultant for Harbor's search.  After careful deliberation and due diligence, the Board hired Educators' Collaborative and its Co-Managing Partner, Jean Lamont, to work with Harbor to manage the search process.

Input from all constituents of our community will assist us in identifying the critical skills, experience and vision necessary to ensure the continued success and future growth of Harbor. Our next leader will be charged with continuing the growth of Harbor's whole child-centered curriculum, while upholding our core values and honoring the school's mission.  Moreover s/he will be working to fulfill the school's fundraising, strategic and master plan goals to ensure a strong foundation for the future of Harbor.

This page will be updated as the search progresses. Please check back regularly throughout the next few months. 



April 2021 - Community Survey & Review Period
April 2021 - Constituent Sessions with Consultant 
August 1, 2021 - Deadline for Candidate Applications
August/September 2021 - Review and Evaluation of Candidates
September/October 2021 - Finalist Visits* to Harbor Country Day School
October 2021 - Selection and Approval of New Head of School

Dates may change due to scheduling issues. Please watch this space.


Candidate #1: September 27-28
Candidate #2: September 30 and October 1
Candidate #3: October 12-13



Rose Antilus
HCDS Trustee, P'25, 27
Alex Doboli
HCDS Trustee, P’17, 20
Nicole Fotis
Principal of HCDS Upper and Lower School
Bob Gaffney
HCDS Alumnus ‘76
Corinne Hammons
HCDS Board Chair, P’20, 22
Nancy Hickerson
HCDS Board Secretary, P’12, 15
Cynthia Wong Lippe
Co-Chair, Former Board Chair, P21, 24
Adrienne Owen
Co-Chair, Former Board Chair, P'20
Ralph Pepe
HCDS History Teacher, Upper School Advisor and Coach 


Laura Huang Ernst
2nd grade teacher, Co-Chair*
Erik Johnson
5th grade parent, Co-Chair*
Diane Abrams
Director of Finance and Business Manager
Brooke Bergen
Pre-K 3 and 2nd grade parent
Krystina Gallo
Pre-K 3 teacher and Early Childhood Division Head
Robin Herrnstein
3rd grade parent
Bart Jones
7th grade and alumni parent
Kandra Kane
5th grade teacher and Upper School math teacher
Ariya Lapan
Pre-K 4 and 1st grade parent
Artie Weissbach
Director of Technology and Upper School technology teacher