The Walden School Announces New Head of School Appointment
Media, PA - Following a comprehensive, nationwide search, The Walden School's Board of Trustees has announced that Walden's next Head of School will be Bob Thomas. Bob will begin his new role on July 1, and is ideally suited to carry on the work of Walden. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Saint Joseph's University, a Professional Certificate in Educational Leadership from Cornell University, a Professional Certificate in Program Management from The University of Pennsylvania, and a Professional Certificate for Admissions and Enrollment Professionals. Bob comes to us after spending time in administrative positions at The Laurel School of Princeton (Head of School), The Churchill School and Center (Director of Enrollment), The Haverford School (Admissions Director), and Princeton Day School (Associate Admissions Director). Prior to donning an administrative hat, Bob taught at Princeton Day School and Wilmington Friends, along with coaching golf, baseball, soccer and basketball. When he's not working, Bob enjoys time with his wife of 20 years, Caroline, his seventeen-year-old daughter, Jacie, their three cats, and one dog. He is an avid golfer, loves the Phillies and Red Sox, and enjoys cooking and woodworking. A current Walden parent and former student of Bob's says:
“It is an honor for Walden to have Bob Thomas as its next Head of School. I know him from Princeton Day School as my history teacher and coach. Bob is the one teacher who always made sure that all students met with success at their highest personal levels. When I saw his name on the list of candidates, I couldn’t believe it, and I was so hoping it was the same Bob Thomas who made an amazing impression on me as a student. The Walden School has a very bright future with him as our Head.”
We are planning opportunities for the Walden community to meet Bob in the fall, and anticipate a wonderful new chapter for us all. In the meantime, please click HERE for a message from Bob!
About The Walden School
The Walden School, a preschool through eighth-grade independent school, promotes a high standard of academics in a peaceful and caring learning environment. Walden nurtures the whole child, ignites intellectual curiosity, and fosters independence in a culture of deep and abiding respect.
The Walden School’s Montessori-based philosophy ensures that all children are successful. Children are led to discover their innate ability to learn, thus building independence, self-confidence, and inner discipline. The Walden School believes in the principles of promoting acceptance and inclusivity, embracing diversity, and inspiring human progress toward peace and harmony.
The Montessori Preschool/Kindergarten is most comprehensively described as freedom in a prepared environment. Following the principles of order, beauty, and simplicity, this environment is prepared with materials designed by Maria Montessori to accommodate each developmental stage. Children learn according to their own periods of interest and readiness. While there is respect for the child’s individualism, the environment in which he operates is well structured, providing opportunities for active learning, development of self-discipline, building of self-confidence, and responsible social behavior.
The Walden School’s Elementary and Middle school embraces a guiding philosophy that blends Montessori values with 21st century skills. Students in the elementary and middle school program at Walden are active participants in their learning as teachers consistently create and re-create to individualize instruction in a responsive and respectful classroom community. Children move naturally between independence and interdependence as needed and are consistently challenged to achieve their best. Active participation in the community prepares students to participate as critically thinking and caring citizens of the ever-changing world.
The guiding principles of collaboration and peaceful conflict resolution ready Walden students to be leaders in the 21st century. Teaching and learning at Walden is joyful and engaging. Students who graduate are confident, responsible, and love learning.
Search Committee Members Transition Team Members
Daniel Neubert - Board Chair, Graduate, Class of '00 Allison Philabaum - Preschool Parent
Michele LeFever Quinn - Trustee Elyse Lefferts - Elementary Parent
Dean Michelson - Former Trustee, Former Parent Lori Navickas - Middle School Parent
Toni McIntosh - Trustee, Former Teacher Renee Baker - Faculty Member/Parent
Penny Joines - Trustee, Former Parent Bridgett Woody Scott - Administrator/Parent
Donna Goodwin - Teacher, Former Parent Weiler Graham - Student
Jonathan Lock - Trustee, Parent Ethan Delamon - Student