October 18, 2016
Dear City and Country School Community,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee, we are delighted to announce that Scott Moran will be the next Principal of City and Country School, succeeding Kate Turley as she completes her 18th year as our Principal in July 2017.
The Search Committee recommended Scott to the Board of Trustees after an exhaustive search in which numerous talented candidates were interviewed, and four very worthy finalists were invited to visit C&C to meet with students, parents, faculty, staff, and the Board. The Board unanimously accepted the Committee’s recommendation and approved Scott as our next Principal at its meeting on Monday, October 17. And Scott has very enthusiastically accepted our invitation to lead C&C.
Scott emerged as our choice from the group of very strong finalists because of his unique and compelling qualities, and his experience as an educator and leader. Scott has been the Head of School at the Westland School in Los Angeles since 2012. He skillfully led Westland in achieving many key goals during his tenure, including the school’s successful accreditation, completion of its strategic plan, the tripling of its financial aid budget, initiation of a comprehensive diversity and inclusion initiative, a doubling of kindergarten applications, and a significant increase in giving to its annual fund.
But Scott’s roots are deeply with City and Country, where his teaching career began. Scott was a student teacher in Todd Rosenthal’s VIIIs class in 2000, and then went on to be a head teacher of the VIIIs, from 2001 to 2003, and the IXs, from 2004 to 2006. After that, Scott was C&C’s math specialist and specials coordinator in 2006–2007. Then, from 2007 to 2012, he served as Director of the Middle and Upper School. Scott’s graduate degree is also rooted in C&C, as he earned his M.S.Ed. in Early/Elementary Education at Bank Street College with a thesis entitled: “Learning from Meaningful Work: The Post Office Job at City and Country School.” He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester.
Most importantly, Scott has a personal love and understanding of C&C and its mission, and he is deeply grounded in the ideals of progressive education as lived at C&C. Among his many strengths is a great ability to marry an intellectual understanding of the principles of progressive education with the concrete and direct expression of those principles in the classroom. This is coupled with a remarkable ability to relate to children and understand their needs. Scott is also committed to looking forward, and he has a vision for how progressive education, and C&C in particular, fit into the broader educational and societal trends of our time. Scott has the capability to both nurture and protect C&C’s unique pedagogy and its position in progressive education while envisioning its future in a dynamic world. He is exceptionally well-qualified not only to help us tackle our near-term goals but also to lead us forward, with fresh perspectives and ideas, in our long-term journey.
Scott will complete the 2016–2017 school year as Head of School at Westland, but he will also be working with Kate and her team, the faculty, and the Board to plan for and ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Kate and Scott are both looking forward to collaborating closely in that effort, and we know that the entire community will support them in the process—this year, next year, and beyond—as Scott assumes his new role.
In closing, some thanks must be given. First, thank you to the other members of the Search Committee: Elise Bauer, Kate Bostock-Shefferman, Ellen Breslow Newhouse, Tom Fiorella, Barry Munger, Paul Salmon, Veronica Savage, Will Sears, and Pete Weiss. Their many hours of hard work, thoughtful and thorough consideration of the candidates, and deep commitment to the process of selecting our next head was a true testament to the spirit of C&C, and it was invaluable in reaching this great result.
Many thanks as well to Kate Turley, for her extraordinary leadership of City and Country. In the coming months, we will find numerous ways to celebrate Kate and express our gratitude for the tremendous impact she has had on our School and its students.
And thank you to every member of the C&C community—students, faculty, staff and parents—for your support of, and your participation in, the search. The thoughtful feedback we received from many of you was extremely valuable and important to our decision, and your support for and confidence in the process we undertook was essential to its success.
Looking forward to the exciting path ahead,
Chair, Board of Trustees
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Search Committee
October 18, 2016
Dear City and Country Community,
It is with great pride and excitement that I have accepted the position of Principal of City and Country School! Jennifer, Hazel, Cecilia, and I are very much looking forward to returning to the C&C community.
City and Country is an extraordinary and unique school. It has served as a beacon of progressive education for more than 100 years, and it is with great enthusiasm that I rejoin this vibrant community. In my new role, I look forward to working with all of you to preserve and build on C&C’s foundational strengths while expanding its vision and exploring the intersection of progressive education and 21st century contexts.
Kate’s legacy is a tremendously strong one. I want to thank her, not just for her stewardship of the School, and the very solid position in which she will leave it, but also for her support throughout my years at C&C. As a result of her dedication over nearly twenty years, I have the privilege of coming into a school that is thriving. With such a strong foundation for the School, and in collaboration with Kate and all of you, I anticipate a smooth transition that will allow us to focus on the work of the School and its students in short order.
I look forward to engaging in the areas that came out of my meetings with parents, teachers, staff, and students—such as the important work to be done on diversity and social justice and the practical and programmatic challenges posed by the School’s relatively new size. I know many more themes will emerge as I spend time with faculty, staff, parents, and Trustees, exchanging ideas with all of you and learning how the School has evolved since I was there. I look forward to collaborating with the talented and committed teachers and staff of C&C, and all of our families, to engage on the challenges and explore the opportunities together.
I hope our work over the next several years will also involve exploring the question, “What does a progressive school ideally look like in this modern era?” as we solidify, innovate, and communicate our vision for education now and in the future. In doing so, we will not only be benefitting City and Country but also the broader educational environment. It is a part of our mission not only to develop and hone the most meaningful educational experiences for the children at C&C, but also to be a beacon of progressive practice in the wider world.
I am deeply excited for what lies ahead as we move into this next phase for City and Country School and to be sharing it with all of you and the children. On behalf of myself and my family, I want to thank the School, and each of you, for the incredible opportunity to lead City and Country and work together in pursuing its unique and important mission.