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.

Click here to read Rafael's letter to the community.

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.

Click here to read Teri's letter to the community.


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.

Click here to read a letter to the community from Board President, Bernadette Bulacan Starin.


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>>