Head of School Transition & Search
In January 2021, Rafael del Castillo announced his intention to step down as Head of School at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
We are committed to conducting an inclusive and extensive search to identify the best possible Head of School to lead Bertschi’s next chapter. The Board of Trustees has organized a Head of School Search Committee to conduct a thorough national search for our new Head of School with trustees Tiffany Kelly-Gray and Dave Morris serving as its co-chairs.
This page will be updated as the Head of School search progresses.
Teri Barnett will serve as Interim Head of School for the 2021-22 School Year
The Board has unanimously appointed Teri Barnett, currently the Associate Head of School, as Interim Head of School to steward Bertschi in the upcoming school year. The Board is grateful to her for providing leadership and continuity during the 2021-22 school year.
Head of School Search Committee
A national search is now underway to find Bertschi's next Head of School. Consistent with NAIS best practices, the Board of Trustees is in the process of assembling a Head of School Search Committee and will retain a search firm to work with the Head of School Search Committee under the leadership of:
- Tiffany Kelly-Gray | Co-Chair & Trustee
- Dave Morris | Co-Chair & Trustee
Throughout the process, there will be several opportunities for community members to share views about and hopes for our next Head of School and to meet with finalists. We strongly encourage every member of our community to participate.
Communications to the Bertschi Community
February 2, 2021: A New Chapter | Rafael del Castillo will continue DEI work at Rainier Scholars Read the update here>>
January 21, 2021: Letters from Rafael del Castillo (Head of School), Bernadette Bulacan Starin (President, Board of Trustees), and Teri Barnett (incoming Interim Head of School) Read them here>>