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Head of School Transition Team Announced

Dear Emerson Community,

With spring knocking at our door and the third trimester underway, it seems timely to provide an update regarding the Head Of School (HOS) transition taking place at the end of the school year.  As with the search itself, there are terrific resources to help guide a successful transition.  Fortunately, we have two seasoned professionals in Jerry Loewen and John Huber, both working to ensure outstanding results for Emerson!

At the recommendation of our search consultant, the board, in consultation with administration, has created a team to help facilitate this transition.

The team includes:

  • Tim Wilson, Middle school teacher, former Head of School and alumni parent
  • Nancy Laitner, Word Study teacher, Learning Specialist and alumni parent
  • Sue Johnson, Development Director and alumni parent
  • Lisa Psarouthakis, Assistant to the Head of School and alumni parent
  • Allison Zeglis, Trustee, current and alumni parent
  • Jennifer Pinto, Trustee, current and alumni parent, chair of transition team

The team will work closely with all parties involved to ensure a smooth transition.

As Jerry eloquently explained in his weekly letter, as part of the process it is standard for the incoming HOS to make visits while school is in session to begin to learn the inner workings of the school.  John Huber spent a couple of days at Emerson during the week of March 22nd with a packed schedule of meetings from building and ground to business operation.  There was even a stint at curbside!

Similarly, Jerry will be partaking in the same process at The Willow School to allow for a smooth transition into his new position.  John is doing the same for the incoming head at the Barnesville School.  Seasoned professionals!

Visits with teachers, parents, students and community members will commence once John has arrived in Ann Arbor full time in July.   There will be communications about ways to help and opportunities to welcome the Huber family after they are settled.

An important aspect of the transition is to properly thank, say good-bye to and wish Jerry all the success he deserves moving into his new position.   There will be additional communications regarding this facet of the transition as well.

The future at Emerson is bright as we look to build on the tremendous success realized under Jerry’s tutelage with the opportunities that are realized with the installation of a new head of school.  We look forward to sharing in this continued success with the entire Emerson community!

Enjoy Spring Break with your families and for those heading out of town, safe travels.


Jennifer Pinto
On behalf of the Transition Team