Make Sense of your Dollars.

School Operations Assessment

Mike Waylett, an expert in independent school finance, can conduct a thorough review of your school’s operations and finances, provide perspective on current practices, and make practical recommendations for improvement. If you need to make vital decisions, organize priorities, or plan for your school’s future, this objective fiscal and operational checkup can provide the context, analysis, and guidance you need.


Operations Dashboard

The Dashboard is a cornerstone of our School Operations Assessment, but is also available as a stand-alone product. It examines key financial metrics—historical, current, and projected—to analyze school-specific data and provide comparisons to schools with similar profiles.  More than a one-time snapshot, updating the Dashboard with new data ensures the school maintains a well-defined picture of its overall financial health.


Financial Mentoring for Heads

Many new and aspiring Heads report feeling unprepared to take on the challenge of managing school finances. From developing budgets to setting tution and ensuring equitable compensation for faculty, the responsibilities of a Head are distinctive in a school. To help school leaders build the financial literacy necessary to be a successful Head of School we have developed a 10-month, 1-on-1 mentoring program.


CFO Mentoring 

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.


  • Tim Green was thorough and thoughtful in his Athletics Assessment of our program at the University of Chicago Lab School, speaking to numerous people, poring over data, and evaluating our programs and facilities. He helped us identify and articulate key priorities over the short and long term. A great pleasure to work with, and the assessment was highly worthwhile. Thank you!

    Tori JuedsChicago, IL


  • 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.

    DuBose EglestonCharleston, SC


  • 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.

    Marie Reed Charlottesville, VA


  • 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.

    Garhett WagersHouston, TX



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