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Head of School Transition

Beginning in 2021 and concluding in 2022, the Board of Trustees in partnership with Head of School Dr. Lori-Anne Brogdon, faculty, staff, and parents from across divisions embarked on developing a “next chapter” Strategic Plan for Catherine Cook School. This plan builds on the school’s solid foundation as a leader in whole-child education; innovation immersion; and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programming to achieve next-level excellence and sustainability in all areas. As the school began to implement this plan in 2023, the Board of Trustees considered the longer-term leadership needs of the school and appropriate transition points. Thus, Dr. Brogdon will continue to lead the school throughout the 2023–2024 school year and conclude her contract on June 30, 2024, after five impactful years at Catherine Cook. The new Head of School will start effective July 1, 2024.



Search Consultants: Educational Directions
Dr. Jerry Larson and Mr. Mike Murphy

Head of School Search Committee

Flavio Arana
Co-Chair of Board of Trustees, Alumni Parent

Karen Dahlquist
Treasurer of Board of Trustees, Current and Alumni Parent

Megan Altmayer
School Librarian, MS Advisor, Current EC Parent

Nathan Davis
Current EC & LS Parent

Kelly Dietrich
 Current MS Parent

Jolene Fairchild
LS Teacher

Lisa Hall
Vice President of Parent Association, Current EC & LS Parent

Alanna Higgins

 Current LS Parent

Ellen Kellogg
Member At Large of Board of Trustees, Current LS & MS Parent

William Peek
MS Humanities Teacher

Laura Pollack
Current LS, MS, and Alumni Parent

Search Timeline

  • October - Early November 2023: Educational Directions recruits Head of School candidates, conducts initial interviews and background/reference checks, and together with the Head of School Search Committee selects a subset of candidates to progress to the second round

  • November - Early December 2023: Head of School Search Committee conducts second-round interviews and selects finalists

  • January 2024: Finalist interviews and campus visits; town hall meetings with whole community

  • January - February 2024: New Head of School announced

  • Winter/Spring 2024: Announce plans and process for Head of Early Childhood placement 

  • July 1, 2024: New Head of School assumes responsibility

Below are some frequently asked questions from across our community. The Board of Trustees and Head of School Search Committee will work to keep this list and our responses up to date. Please respect that some aspects of this process must remain confidential; however, we are committed to keeping all members of our community engaged and informed to the extent possible. If you have any follow-up questions, please email us at headssearch@ccookschool.org.

Frequently Asked Questions