Our New Head of School

Headshot of new Head of School Clay Kaufman

Introducing Clay Kaufman

 

It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Clay Kaufman as our new Head of School beginning July 1, 2019.

The appointment is the culmination of an extensive and thorough search, reviewing numerous highly qualified candidates from schools throughout the United States in partnership with our consultants at Educators’ Collaborative. Based on a unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation from the Head of School Search Committee, the Board voted unanimously to appoint Clay to succeed Marjorie Castro. 

Those of you who had the pleasure of meeting Clay during his visit to campus last month know that he is a dynamic, engaging leader with strong communication skills. His personal and professional experiences, together with the time he spent with many members of our community, demonstrate his exceptional commitment to the mission and vision of Eagle Hill School. The Board is confident and enthusiastic about his ability both to honor our past and to move us decisively forward as a national leader in LD education.

Clay brings more than 34 years of independent school leadership to this role, including the past 12 years as Co-Head of School at The Siena School, a school for children with language-based learning differences, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Siena’s student body has many similarities with Eagle Hill’s: children with average to above-average abilities who are behaviorally appropriate for their program. Their mission, like ours, is to change the lives of their students. 

Clay has a deep understanding of both the classroom environment and the administrative demands of leading a successful school.  As a teacher, he has implemented hands-on, experiential learning and has developed integrated curricula in both the humanities and math and science, always focused on students with learning differences. He has led training and professional development programs aimed at educating professionals from Washington-area schools about strategies for teaching students with learning differences. Clay has also presented at many NAIS conferences on these topics. 

Prior to The Siena School, Clay served as Director of Admissions and a math and history teacher at The Field School in Washington, D.C. for 23 years. In addition to his distinguished educational career, he has served on the Board of Trustees of The Sheridan School in Washington, D.C.; as a Chair of the D.C. Alumni Schools Committee for Yale University; as Director of the Woodside Kids Chorale; and as President of the Yale Glee Club Board.

Clay earned his BA in American Studies from Yale University and his MA in Government from Georgetown University. He has been an EE Ford Fellow in the NAIS program for Aspiring Heads and spent a year in Turkey in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. 

Clay is a native New Yorker, having grown up in New York City and Westchester County. He has a daughter who is a senior at James Madison University, a son who attends the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a daughter who is a sophomore in high school. 

Over the coming weeks and months, the Board of Trustees will actively support the transition of leadership from Marjorie to Clay, and we will be creating many opportunities for Clay to connect in person with the larger school community. Knowing Clay’s deep respect for our school’s mission and his extensive experience, we are confident he will lead Eagle Hill School successfully into the future.

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EAGLE HILL AT-A-GLANCE

  • Ages of students: 5-15
  • Total enrollment: 255
  • Head of School: Dr. Marjorie E. Castro
  • Number of Teaching Faculty: 75
  • Number of Boarding Students: Up to 35 (five days/week)
  • Student Teacher Ratios: 1:1 to 12:1
  • Founded in 1975
  • Eagle Hill is accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Education
  • The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence seven years in a row.