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Head of School Search

Update - February 28, 2020: Tambi Tyler announced as 10th Head of School

Tambi Tyler announced as 10th Head of School

In November 2019, Aaron Schubach shared his decision with The Colorado Springs School community that the 2019-2020 school year would be his final year as Head of School. Aaron will continue his educational career as the next Head of School at Santa Fe Prep, beginning July 1, 2020.

Since 2014, Aaron has doubled-down on a student-centered environment by offering social and emotional learning tools such as Yale’s Ruler program and mindfulness in order to better position students for rigorous and relevant academics. He has honored the school’s experiential roots in both seminar-style programs and project-based learning. The introduction of digital portfolios with reflections on learning experiences and cutting-edge K-12 Computer Science curriculum is at the forefront of educational practices. Aaron has worked in partnership to build an engaged community with a strong dedicated faculty and staff. Finally, CSS is ranked as one of the top private schools in Colorado, and we foster a strong commitment to our core identity as a college-preparatory school.

The Colorado Springs School’s Board of Trustees has formed a search committee, chaired by Pio Hocate and Heather Kelly. They will lead a transparent and open-minded process for selecting the next Head of School. In managing the process, the search committee will actively engage a broad group of constituents within our community, including parents, students, faculty, alumni, past parents, and community residents. There will also be an advisory committee formed to provide additional input to the Search Committee. The Board has partnered with Educational Directions (EduDx), one of the leading head search firms in the country that has successfully conducted more than 350 head searches. Please stay tuned for updates on the search and opportunities for community involvement.

Search Committee

Pio Hocate P’16, P’20, P’27 - Board of Trustees President; Advancement Committee; Search Committee Co-Chair; Radiologist, DaVita
Heather Kelly P’27, P’30 - Trustee; Advancement Committee; Search Committee Co-Chair; CEO, SSPR Public Relations Agency
Mike Edmonds - Trustee; Executive Committee; Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Life, Colorado College
Lorie Malone P’19, P’22, P’27 - Trustee; Advancement Committee; Enrollment/Marketing Committee; Civic Leader
Kevin Patterson P’21 - Trustee; Executive Committee; Enrollment/Marketing Committee; President, The Patterson Group
Kevin Penn P’24, P’26 - Trustee; Finance Committee; Chief Business Operations Officer, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
Jill Richardi P’18, P’21 - Trustee; Enrollment/Marketing Committee; Project Leader, Center for Creative Leadership

Advisory Committee

Morane Kerek, P’20, P’22 - Chair
Jennifer Bain P’21, P’22, P’25
Adam Bednar P’32, P’28
Ellen Crow, P’20, P’20 - Faculty
Delovell Earls ’10 - Alumnus
Eric Gaylord P’17, P’19 - Faculty
Margaret Gilbert ’70, P’09 - Alumna
Jennifer Hedden P’21, P’23
Melissa Hocate P’16, P’20, P’27
Ben Ralston P’30 - Alumnus
Robin McGrath P’03
Carrie McKee - Community Member
Benjamin Thompson P’22
Vicki Vaughan - Faculty/Staff

Head of School Search Prospectus

The search consultants at Educational Directions (EduDx) conducted on-campus forums and interviews in early November. They composed a search prospectus (PDF) in collaboration with the Search Committee. It describes The Colorado Springs School, the priorities for the next Head of School, and the attributes and experiences we are looking for in the next head.

EduDx distributed the search prospectus to independent school leaders nationally and internationally in order to attract candidates who best fit our needs at The Colorado Springs School.

The Search Committee and EduDx would also like to request your help and encourage each of you to send it to friends and relatives who might be a good match for Head of School or who might know of someone who would be a good match for the position.


Application Deadline: December 27, 2019
Candidates Notified of Status: January 9, 2020
Semifinalists Interviews: Between January 14 – January 29, 2020
Finalist Interviews: Between January 30 – February 21, 2020

Finalist #1: February 3-4, 2020

Parent/Alumni Open Forum on February 3, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Parent/Alumni Open Forum on February 4, 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Finalist #2: February 6-7, 2020

Parent/Alumni Open Forum on February 6, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Parent/Alumni Open Forum on February 7, 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Finalist #3: February 10-11, 2020

Parent/Alumni Open Forum on February 10, 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Parent/Alumni Open Forum on February 11, 8:00-8:45 a.m.

Please direct all inquiries, applications, and nominations in confidence to:
Dr. Jerry Larson —

As always, if you would like to communicate suggestions, concerns or questions with the Search Committee, please send an email to

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