While each Head of School strives to meet the needs of students, teachers, boards and communities, no head is fully prepared to do so from the first day on the job. To help new Heads, and therefore their schools, to reach their potential we have developed our Head of School mentoring program. Over the course of 15 hour-long sessions, our experienced mentors can be a sounding board and support to those facing the difficulties of leadership.
Executive Coaching creates an ongoing, confidential partnership that:
• develops specific action steps to address challenges that will work in a leader’s context, and
• provides the support needed to implement these steps.
Executive Coaching is not just for the Head of School. It is also helpful in developing those emerging leaders in need of additional support in taking on new challenges.
In our CFO mentoring program, independent school financial expert Mike Waylett provides support and practical advice based on years of leadership experience. Acting as a critical friend, Mike provides mentees with conversational space. He starts each relationship by listening and understanding the issues the CFO is facing and those that are on the horizon. Over a ten-month period, Mike meets regularly with mentees, serves as a soundingboard, and provides timely, relevant, and actionable advice.
A Belonging & Inclusion Mentor works with the school’s DEIB practitioner to understand the issues they are facing, those on the horizon, and what the leader hopes to achieve.
The mentor serves as a safe, confidential sounding-board and provides actionable advice and guidance in real time. The support and consistency provided in this ten-month mentoring program can be more impactful than a conference where participants are flooded with good ideas that are all too easy to forget back at home.
Contact Dr. Cyndy Weldon-Lassiter to discuss mentoring.
In our Athletic Director mentoring program, ADs meet regularly over the course of the school year with Dr. Tim Green, a highly experienced and successful AD. Tim acts as an advisor, guide, and sounding board to help mentees plan, institute, and sustain changes in practices and programs, making this service a cost-effective and substantive form of professional development.
"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
A Leadership Team works together to achieve goals across the school. But being part of a team means different viewpoints and approaches to challenges–and educators usually have little practice in working together towards a common goal. Our Leadership Team Workshop collectively explores options and then focuses on actions along with aligned accountability. Through a sequence of planned activities, new team practices are reinforced to ensure long-term success.
Contact Rod Chamberlain for details.
Rod, who has served in leadership positions in independent schools in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Hawai`i, and North Carolina, serves as our Director of Consulting Services and has led the development of our coaching services for member schools. He brings three essential components to our coaching programs:
-proven independent school leadership,
-International Coaching Federation training (the largest coaching certification organization in the world), and
-Hogan Assessment certification.
Rod leads our team of coaches and consultants in partnering with independent school leaders to improve their results.
Southern Teachers has been a great long-term partner in our hiring. Taking the time and making the effort to know our school and its culture has built a relationship that has allowed you to send us better candidates.
At each juncture in my career, I have reconnected with Southern Teachers. They are unique among teacher agencies in that they commit time and resources to knowing candidates and building partnerships with them.
Southern Teachers is one of the easiest placement organizations I have worked with. Your staff is accessible, supportive, and sustains a high level of engagement. Your website is easy to navigate and the video introductions of candidates are a real plus.
We are pleased to announce we have recently placed Dr. Brittany Lopes as the new Principal at Church Hill Academy.
With great sadness, we announce the passing of a lifetime educator and agency leader.
Are you interested in helping teachers find great jobs? Southern Teachers is currently accepting applications for a Placement Counselor, and three part-time College Recruiter positions in Charlotte, Nashville, and Philadelphia.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2023 Southern Teachers Agency Student Art Contest!
This majestic creature symbolizes many different things in cultures around the world, but we selected it as our icon because the elephant and the agency have key traits in common.