Meet Dr. Josh Deitch, Head of Middle School
Dear King School Community,
I am very happy to write to you as the Head of Middle School at King School. When I visited King during the search process, I began my day speaking with families seeking to both represent and champion King’s community virtues of integrity, kindness, perseverance, and respect. I had the good fortune to guest-teach a 7th grade history class. As I presented my lesson, I was struck by the discourse, dialogue, collaboration, and willingness to take risks exhibited by these precocious grade 7 students. Later in that same day, I sat in a room with reflective and thoughtful educators who spoke passionately about ensuring that every member of their community is seen and known. I could not be happier to join a place where everyone feels seen and known.
Over the course of my career, I have sought to build communities and cultures deeply devoted to the value and power of every individual student. Middle School students go through more change during their young adolescence than at almost any time in their lives. They require a unique blend of personal relationships, caring support, authentic academic challenge, independence, and process orientation. I cannot wait to work with the dedicated teachers in the Middle School, who are clearly invested in helping our children develop both as scholars and as citizens of the world.
I am excited to join King’s talented administrative team and I am especially enthusiastic to work under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Karen Eshoo. I look forward to actively partnering with students, families, staffulty, and leadership to continue to build a student-centered and engaging middle school experience that will always reflect the needs and passions of every King student.
All the best,
Dr. Josh Deitch
Head of Middle School
Meet Dr. Josh Deitch
Prior to joining King School, Josh served for three years as the Upper School Division Head (grades 5-8) at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. Prior to that, he served as the Middle School Division Head at Saddle River Day School in New Jersey for five years, having come from Rippowam Cisqua School where he worked in technology and taught Latin and Social Studies. Josh holds a BA in Education and American Cultural Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, an MAT from Manhattanville College in Adolescent Social Studies, and an Ed.D from Northeastern University in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Josh has always focused heavily on the student experience, and the ways that strong relationships set the stage for dynamic learning that best prepares students for today’s complex and ever-changing world.
Dear King Community:
I am thrilled to announce, on behalf of the Head of Middle School Search Committee, that Dr. Joshua Deitch will be the new Head of Middle School at King, effective July 1, 2019.
King School conducted an extensive, nationwide search that began in July, 2018. We all owe special thanks to the members of our Search Committee for their excellent work: Trustees Mi-Sun Freeman and Eric Gerster; Middle School staffulty Carol Brown, Jesse Coulombe, Stephanie Hoos, Ben Magidson, Tom Vorenberg, and Rob Waller; and Leadership Team members Nina Newman and Marnie Sadlowksy. I was honored to chair such a dedicated and committed team for this search.
As part of the process, our search consultant from Educational Directions, Dr. Jerry Larson, reviewed files from approximately fifty-five candidates and conducted preliminary interviews. From this pool of highly qualified applicants, the search committee identified a group for in-depth exploration. Ultimately, six finalists visited campus in December and January to meet with members of our school community: Middle School staffulty, parents, and students; the Leadership Team; trustees; and of course, the search committee and me. We gathered feedback via surveys that were open to our community participants, and we engaged in thorough reference checks. I am proud that the process was thorough and inclusive of the many perspectives of our community members, all of which contributed to my decision.
Josh is incredibly enthusiastic about joining the King community, and has found a deep connection between his own education philosophy of fostering transformational educational experiences for Middle School students and the King values of meaningful learning through strong relationships. Josh distinguished himself in the process by demonstrating a strong combination of leadership experience, expertise, and commitment that are vital to leading our Middle School. He brings nearly eight years of experience as a middle school division head at two different schools, as well as commitments to student-centered education, teacher development, and partnership with parents as the foundations for educational excellence. He has a reputation for being a thoughtful, energetic leader who is dedicated to building an inclusive, vibrant community that values the respectful sharing of varied perspectives.
Josh is currently serving his third year as the Upper School Division Head (grades 5-8) at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. Prior to that, he served as the Middle School Division Head at Saddle River Day School in New Jersey for five years, having come from Rippowam Cisqua School where he worked in technology and taught Latin and Social Studies. Josh holds a BA in Education and American Cultural Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, an MAT from Manhattanville College in Adolescent Social Studies, and an Ed.D from Northeastern University in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning and Leadership. Josh has always focused heavily on the student experience, and the ways that strong relationships set the stage for dynamic learning that best prepares students for today’s complex and ever-changing world.
While Josh officially will begin his tenure at King this summer, he likely will make some visits to campus this winter and spring to begin to get to know colleagues and learn more about our school. In particular, I know he will spend time with our Interim Head of Middle School, Alex Weiner, who will be one of his most important mentors in the coming months. Alex is doing such an excellent job in his current role, and his leadership continues to be characterized by clarity of purpose, student-centered decision making, and mission-driven progress. I am grateful to Alex for stepping up to lead the Middle School this year, and for setting the stage so well for Josh as he prepares to join us this summer.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I know you will join me in warmly welcoming Josh to King School. I am confident he will be a strong leader for our Middle School, and a wonderful partner for all of us in the good work ahead.
With gratitude and excitement,
Dr. Karen E. Eshoo
Head of School