Message from The Board of Trustees, 1/21

To all members of our Firebird Family:

A BIG thank you for your participation in this search process!  Your engagement and personal thoughts you have shared about our school have been helpful to both the candidates and the search team. Many great questions were asked, which provided significant feedback.

With our 3rd finalist visiting this Thursday, January 23rd and Friday, January 24th we will have a very similar schedule.  We are excited for you to meet him. Our 4th finalist is running a bit later in our process, but no less important – we look forward to hosting him on January 30th - 31st in the same basic schedule/format.

We are fortunate to have attracted a good variety of candidates for our finalists, all with different strengths and skill sets, but all proving to be very engaged and positive leaders.  Some have experienced multiple headships, while others may have one headship in conjunction with a group of other leadership experiences we find attractive, like having served at schools very similar to ours.  All are familiar with the challenges independent schools face across the nation, but to have achieved finalist status with Palm Valley, they have brought a lot of unique and constructive ideas. Most importantly, these candidates have all demonstrated a dedicated belief in the value of a high-level independent education.

When at all possible, please continue to be at all meetings that apply to you.  The general open forums are at the same time frames we have used in the past. We appreciate and value your feedback on each one as quickly as possible, so ideally all feedback by 3:10 PM on Friday is requested, except that from the meetings that happen after.  On the final visit, we request all forms be returned by 6:30 pm on January 31st.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or  I will be on campus throughout all visits in the Middle School if you need anything.

Thank you for the time you continue to give, sharing our amazing Firebird community. Your feedback is powerful and appreciated.


Cherise Sonderman
Chair, Search Committee

Jennifer Jenkins
Chair, Board of Trustees