Dr. Kevin Navarro Named Head of Greensboro Montessori SchoolUpdate February 16, 2017
Dear Parents, Alumni and Friends,
Over the last six months it has been an honor serving you on the search committee for our School’s new head. More importantly, it has been inspiring to see our entire community unite around the important work of finding our next leader. Each of you has participated in one way or another, and your commitment to this process has brought us to this exciting point.
On behalf of your board of trustees and the head of school search committee, we are delighted to announce that Dr. Kevin Navarro has been named head of Greensboro Montessori School, effective July 1, 2017.
Throughout the search process, we have been impressed by Kevin’s passion for children, commitment to education and inclusive approach to leadership. His sincere respect for our School revealed itself early when he wrote in his application: “your image of the child, your respect for faculty, your belief in children’s construction of meaning, and your mission … they all resonate deeply with me. My primary goal as an educator is to empower each individual student and staff member to discover and realize their full potential.” Kevin’s personal and professional values align with both our rich history and current culture, and his exceptional leadership skills and unique ability to articulate the benefits of experiential learning will help carry Greensboro Montessori School well into the future.
Since 2005, Kevin has served as assistant head of school at The College School, a pre-K through eighth grade independent school in St. Louis, Missouri. The College School provides experiential and thematically-integrated education to 260 students on two campuses, a main, suburban campus and a 28-acre property which serves as the “headquarters for learning beyond the classroom” just 30 minutes down the road. We can’t help but marvel at the synergies between The College School and Greensboro Montessori School and know Kevin’s reverence for learning beyond classroom walls will significantly benefit our students’ academic success and our community as a whole.
As assistant head of school, Kevin joyfully oversees long-range strategic planning; technology integration in the classroom; curriculum coordination, development and documentation; faculty and staff hiring, onboarding, goal-setting and professional development; internal and external communications; and accreditations with the Independent Schools Association of Central States (ISACS). Prior to joining administration, Kevin taught language arts as a full-time middle school faculty for eight years.
A lifelong student himself, Kevin recently received his doctoral degree in character education and democratic school governance from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. He presented his thesis work, Vulnerable leadership: Definition and relation to effective character education, at the Association of Moral Education symposium at Harvard Graduate School of Education in December of 2016. Kevin also holds a master’s in teaching and a bachelor’s in developmental psychology with minors in educational studies and Russian studies.
Joining Kevin in his move to Greensboro are his wife, Jessica (“Jess”), and three children, Dylan (seven), Annabel (five) and Grayson (two-and-a-half). The entire family is committed to this next step in their lives. Jess is preparing to begin her own doctoral pursuit in social work and plans to attend either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Greensboro. The kids are looking forward to seeing their cousins beyond their current visits during summer and winter breaks. Kevin’s brothers and their families live in North Carolina, one in Charlotte and the other in Raleigh. We are confident Kevin, Jess, Dylan, Annabel and Grayson will contribute to our vibrant community, both as individuals and as a family already dedicated to the mission and values of Greensboro Montessori School.
In our School’s journey to find and hire Kevin, your search committee completed a methodical and thorough nationwide search in collaboration with Carney, Sandoe & Associates, a recognized educational recruiting firm specializing in independent schools. We first sought input from the entire community on the qualities and skills we needed in our next head of school. Hundreds of you completed an online survey and participated in an on-site visit with Marlene Shaw, our dedicated search consultant. Marlene captured your invaluable feedback and crafted a customized position description for our head of school opportunity. After a three-month open application period, Marlene compiled 20 dossiers from qualified and well-matched candidates for your search committee’s review. From there, we narrowed the field down to six with whom we conducted Skype-style interviews. We named three finalists who each spent two days on our campus interacting with students, families, faculty and staff.
After his visit and receiving survey feedback from the community, it was evident Kevin possessed an extraordinary combination of professional experience and academic achievement that would provide us with a dynamic leader who has the passion, ability and skill set to gracefully shepherd our students and faculty to new, unprecedented levels of success.
As we welcome Kevin, Jess and their children to the Greensboro Montessori School community, we also want to thank members of the search of the committee who have dedicated countless hours to this process. They channeled their love and dedication to our School to find a leader whom they respect and look forward to working with for many years to come. Most importantly, they wholeheartedly know Kevin is the best leader for the most important people on our campus, your children!
David Bouska, M.D.
Search Committee Chair
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Remaining Candidates Visit Campus, January 25, 2017
First Head of School Candidate Visit, January 16, 2017
First Round Interviews Scheduled for January, December 7, 2016
GMS Engages National Firm to Aid Search Process, September 13, 2016