Head of School Search

Opportunity Statement

Aidan Montessori School (aidanschool.org) seeks a new Head of School for July 2023. Established in 1961, Aidan is an independent, AMI Montessori school, serving 180 students, ages 18 months through Grade 6, in the beautiful Woodley Park neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. 

Aidan is one of the oldest AMI Montessori schools in the United States. In addition to its authentic commitment to Montessori education, faculty and families appreciate Aidan’s welcoming and diverse community, with 53% of students and 50% of faculty/staff identifying as people of color. With strong enrollment and finances, a highly trained faculty, a well-functioning Board of Trustees, and a recently completed strategic plan, this is a great time to join Aidan as its Head of School. 

Aidan seeks an educational leader who shares its commitments to Montessori education, including a deep respect for children as unique individuals, and to ensuring a welcoming, supportive community for all stakeholders. The successful candidate will be an individual who can lead and inspire a well-trained faculty, serve as an inspiring and compelling ambassador for Aidan, and who is comfortable and confident in nurturing, inspiring, and enhancing a diverse community.

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Head of School Search Update from Aidan's Board President

Dear Aidan Community,

Welcome back to a new school year!

I want to update you on the Head of School search. 

As most of you know, Kevin Clark is leaving Aidan at the end of this school year to take on a new professional challenge as a Head of School at a Montessori school near his home town. The Board has engaged an independent school search firm, Independent Thinking, and is partnering with lead search consultant Jane Armstrong, Managing Partner, to help us manage this important process. Additionally, we formed a Head of School Search Committee, consisting of members of the faculty and the Board of Trustees. The Head of School Search Committee is working on behalf of the entire Aidan community to interview and vet candidates as we work to secure a great next Head of School.

Through the course of the summer, our search consultant Jane solicited input from stakeholders, spoke with faculty, administrators, parents, and Board members, and collected additional input through an online questionnaire. The information gathered helped inform an Opportunity Statement that outlines for potential candidates information about Aidan and what we are seeking as we look for our next Head of School.

As I am sure you can understand, there are numerous pieces of a search process that have to remain confidential in order to protect the professional integrity of candidates and thereby attract strong educational leaders to explore this opportunity. While we are still in the early days of the search, there are strong candidates who have expressed interest. In the coming weeks, the Search Committee will begin its work of reviewing candidate materials and conducting initial interviews. We are most committed to finding the right next leader and feel fortunate to have a good amount of time to do so.

You can find a list of Search Committee members and the full Opportunity Statement on Aidan's Head of School Search webpage. The Search Committee appreciates your support of the process and our work.

Thank you,

Zoya Davis

Board of Trustees, President 

A Message From Kevin

Dear Aidan Community,

Today, I am writing to say that the coming 2022-2023 school year will be my last at Aidan Montessori School. In summer 2023, my family and I will move back to Massachusetts, where I will be Head of School at Lexington Montessori School. This new opportunity is an outstanding one, and I look forward to it with great excitement, yet I know that I will miss Aidan and its wonderful community.

On a personal note, my family and I moved to DC from Massachusetts, which is where I grew up. At this stage in my wife’s and my families’ histories, there are many reasons for us to be closer to them, and they are all in New England. 

It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the Aidan community for the past six years, and I am excited to be with the Aidan community for the year ahead and all it will bring. All of the indicators of a healthy school are present at Aidan. Enrollment is strong, finances are positive, and the community has sprung back to life from the (hopefully) waning pandemic. There is a strategic plan in place as well as outstanding people and excellent systems. Were I not compelled to return to New England, there is no place I would rather be.

Aidan has made many gains over the past six years. Visible accomplishments such as upgrades to our facilities with the addition of new windows, HVAC system, and elevator come to mind. The strategic plan and our work on it point to a progressive future for Aidan. There has been much behind-the-scenes work, too, things that are not obvious to children and families such as the professionalizing of systems and processes at the school. I am proud to have been a part of Aidan’s evolution and honored to have worked with the amazing people who compose this community.

I have great confidence in Aidan’s Board of Trustees and the process that they have put in place to identify and bring on Aidan Montessori School’s next head of school. I know the process will be inclusive and exhaustive and that the best possible person will be found. 

Thank you to all of you for entrusting me with so much. As a community, we have both accomplished and endured much. A school is an interesting organism, and Aidan comprises many fantastic moving parts, personalities, and ideals. May Aidan’s every year be its best.

With great respect and appreciation,

Kevin Clark

Head of School

A Message from Aidan's Board Presidents

Dear Aidan Community,

Over the past several years, when we have all been challenged by the global pandemic, we have been lucky to have the steadfast leadership of our Head of School, Kevin Clark. Kevin’s tireless work ethic and commitment to Aidan Montessori have kept our community safe and strong throughout this exceedingly tumultuous time. 

We are writing today to let you know that Kevin has informed the Board that the 2022-2023 school year will be his last one at Aidan. He has accepted a wonderful opportunity to serve as Head of School at Lexington Montessori School, a school in the Boston area, mere miles from where he grew up. We are thankful that we have had Kevin as Head of School for the past six years and that we will continue to benefit from his leadership in the coming school year. Not only has Kevin successfully shepherded Aidan through difficult times, but he is leaving the school on a high note. Accomplishments from the past school year alone are numerous: Aidan’s retention and enrollment rates are strong, the school is financially well-positioned, fundraising is extremely healthy, and community morale is positive. We are also pleased to report that our community is far more diverse than in prior years and is all the better for it—and that Kevin and his team should be credited for recognizing that the work of diversity and inclusion is important and necessary work for our school.  On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to work closely with Kevin as a trustee and as Board President.  

By informing the Board of Trustees of his plans more than a year in advance, Kevin has enabled us to make this transition as smooth as possible. Our task is to select a Head who will build on Kevin’s legacy and also continue to lead a school that remains true to its Montessori mission. The Board is happy to say that the process of managing a national search for Aidan’s next leader is already well underway. We have convened a Search Committee and identified a highly regarded national search firm with extensive experience in placing candidates at Montessori schools. As we work through the process, we will regularly update the community and offer opportunities for stakeholders to provide input.

This past year, we celebrated the school’s Diamond Anniversary—60 years of being the gold standard for Montessori education in the region. The Board of Trustees is confident that Aidan will continue its legacy of strong, compassionate, and forward-looking leadership. We thank you in advance for your support during this process.

With gratitude,

Rachel Li

Board of Trustees, President (Outgoing)

Zoya Davis

Board of Trustees, President (Incoming)

Independent Thinking (IT)

After researching and interviewing several search firms, Aidan's Board has engaged the independent school search firm Independent Thinking (IT) to partner with the school on this important search. IT has worked with schools throughout the country on leadership searches for over twenty years, including numerous Montessori schools and independent schools in the D.C. region.

Jane Armstrong, a founder and managing partner of IT, is the consultant partnering with Aidan Montessori School. With guidance from Jane, the Board has formed a Search Committee that will be responsible for the important work of interviewing and vetting candidates, and ultimately making a highly informed recommendation to the Board as to which candidate should be offered the position.

Learn More About IT

Head Search Committee

Zoya Davis

Search Committee Co-Chair, Board President, & Upper School Parent

Eoin Healy

Search Committee Co-Chair, Board Secretary, & Lower School Parent

Contact Co-Chairs

Josh Ackil

Vice President, Board of Trustees & Lower School & Alumni Parent

Claudia Caihuara

Primary Teacher & Lower School Parent

Julia Isaza

Upper Elementary Parent

Phillip Katinas

Director of Auxiliary Programs

Lucy Liu 

Board of Trustees & Lower School Parent

Jennifer Paige

DEIA Committee Co-Chair  of Board & Upper School & Alumni Parent

Daniel Widome

Vice President, Board of Trustees & Lower School Parent