Head of Lower School Search

Dear King Community,

I am writing to let you know that Amy Vorenberg, Head of Lower School, and Tom Vorenberg, History and English Faculty, will be leaving King at the end of this school year in order to have the opportunity to return to their beloved home and community in Norfolk, Connecticut. Amy has accepted a position as Head of Lower School at the Indian Mountain School, which is only about 10 miles from their home in Norfolk.  We wish them both well and are very thankful for their many contributions to King School.  

We are grateful for Amy’s partnership with the Lower School faculty and the Leadership Team to optimize curriculum design, teaching practices, and culture across the Lower School. We are also thankful for how Tom so thoughtfully and dynamically has engaged and challenged King Middle School students. 

We already have begun a search for a new Head of Lower School. King has retained a national search firm, Resource Group 175, to begin the process of identifying potential candidates for the position. Search Consultant Anthony Featherston will guide the process, working closely with me and our soon-to-be-named search committee.  

Under Amy’s leadership, our Lower School over the past two years has meaningfully developed through important mission-critical initiatives including:

  • Hiring expert faculty to join our exceptional team; 
  • Increasing opportunities for Lower School students to build their skills and self-confidence through experiential learning, problem-solving, and making; 
  • Building a vibrant, cohesive culture throughout the Lower School through programs such as responsive classroom and the Lower School assembly;
  • Introducing Reggio Emilia-inspired, project-based PreKindergarten and Kindergarten programs; and 
  • Increasing opportunities for our Grade 5 student-leaders to be prepared to excel in Middle School.

I am committed to finding the best person to continue to enact our vision for excellence in the Lower School, and I will keep the community apprised of our progress during the search process.  The timing of this search in the hiring cycle is very good, and we expect to attract a very strong pool of applicants for the position.

I invite our current Lower School families to attend a meeting with search consultant Tony Featherston to share your perspectives.  We have scheduled meetings at different times with the hopes of seeing as many of you as possible; please choose one of the following meetings to attend: 

  • Monday, January 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Main Commons
  • Tuesday, January 14, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Lower School Library

Amy wants the children to know that she plans to be fully present in the Lower School until the last day of school in June.  While parents may choose to discuss her departure from King, we encourage parents to please reassure children that “Mrs. V.” will remain part of the Lower School community for the school year, and that this is a great opportunity for her and her family to return to live in their home rather than commute to Stamford each week.  This is good news for Mrs. and Mr. Vorenberg, and especially their dog Jonesie! The teachers also will remind the students of this, and that there will be plenty of time to say goodbye to Mrs. V. when we get to June. As we know, our students likely will change jobs many times over their lives for similarly good reasons, and we see this as a learning opportunity that will be helpful to them in the short- and the long-term.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at keshoo@kingschoolct.org.
Sincerely,

Karen Eshoo Signature

Dr. Karen E. Eshoo
Head of School

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