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An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England

The following open letter was featured in the Sunday, March 11, 2018 edition of The Boston Globe. Beth Black, Head of School, signed this letter along with her Head of School colleagues from 176 independent schools in New England.

An Open Letter on Behalf of Independent Schools of New England

We, the heads of independent schools, comprising 176 schools in the New England region, stand in solidarity with our students and with the families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died and are grieving for the loss of life that occurred.

We join with our colleagues in public, private, charter, independent, and faith-based schools demanding meaningful action to keep our students safe from gun violence on campuses and beyond. Many of our students, graduates, and families have joined the effort to ensure that this issue stays at the forefront of the national dialogue. We are all inspired by the students who have raised their voices to demand change. As school leaders we give our voices to this call for action. We come together out of compassion, responsibility, and our commitment to educate our children free of fear and violence.

As school leaders, we pledge to do all in our power to keep our students safe. We call upon all elected representatives – each member of Congress, the President, and all others in positions of power at the governmental and private-sector level – to take action in making schools less vulnerable to violence, including sensible regulation of firearms.

We are adding our voices to this dialogue as a demonstration to our students of our own commitment to doing better, to making their world safer. Our children’s safety is more important than partisan politics, and we pledge to work with any and all who share our commitment.

We stand together for our children and our children’s children to ensure that our country comes together for their right to learn and grow in safe communities nationwide. We know that action is needed now.


Dr. Brian D. Bloomfield Head of School The Academy at Charlemont

Molly Martins President The Academy at Penguin Hall

Melissa P. Earls Head of School Academy Hill School

Courtney Dickinson Founder & Head of School The Acera School

Nicole A. DuFauchard Head of School The Advent School

Susanna H. Thompson Interim Head of School Amherst Montessori School

Martina B. Albright, Ph.D. Director Apple Orchard School

Chris Williamson Interim Head Applewild School

Amy Gold Head of School Arthur J. Epstein Hillel School

Marshall W. Carter Head of School Atrium School

James Hickey, Ph.D Headmaster Austin Preparatory School

Trey Cassidy Head of School Bancroft School

Ian Bickford Provost and Vice President Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock

Conrad Wildsmith Head of School Bay Farm Montessori Academy

Cindy Laba and Marsha Feinberg Founders Beacon Academy

Peter Hutton Head of School Beaver Country Day School

Brendan W. Largay Head of School Belmont Day School

Rick Melvoin Head of School Belmont Hill School

Christopher H. Wilson Head of School The Bement School

Bonnie J. Ricci Head of School Birches School

Grace Cotter Regan President Boston College High School

Dr. Ari M. Betof Head of School Boston University Academy

Judith Guild Head of School Brimmer and May School

Darren Nicholas Principal British International School of Boston

John Packard Head of School Brooks School

Laura Caron Head of School Brookwood School

Rebecca T. Upham Head of School Buckingham Browne and Nichols School

Franny Shuker-Haines Director Buxton School

Chris Gorycki Interim Head of School Cambridge Friends School

Dr. Ingrid W. Tucker Head of School Cambridge Montessori School

Jane Moulding Head of School The Cambridge School of Weston

Tom Trigg Head of School Cape Cod Academy

Christopher D. Day Head of School Cardigan Mountain School

Stephen Wilkins Head of School The Carroll School

Dr. Peter F. Folan President Catholic Memorial School

Isabel “Charlie” Spencer Head of School The Center School

Lance Conrad, Ed.D. Head of School Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

Gretchen Larkin Head of School Charles River School

Tamara Schurdak Head of School The Chestnut Hill School

Jeffrey Clark Head of School Clark School

Christine Lindeman Head of School The Common School

William Wharton Headmaster The Commonwealth School

Dan Corley Head of School Community Preparatory School

Rick Hardy Head of School Concord Academy

David Manzo President Cotting School

Margaret H. Lee and Catherine E. Pollock Co-Heads of School Cushing Academy

Katherine L. Bradley Head of School Dana Hall School

Allison D. Webster Head of School Dedham Country Day School

Margarita Curtis Head of School Deerfield Academy

Corrine Perkins Headmistress Delphi Academy of Boston

Joseph Perry Head of School Derby Academy

Brad Bates Head of School Dublin School

Dr. Peter J. (PJ) McDonald Headmaster Eagle Hill School

Andrew Chase Headmaster Eaglebrook School

The Rev. John H. Finley IV Head of School Epiphany School

Annmarie Quezada Interim Head of School Esperanza Academy

Moira Kelly Executive Director and President Explo School

Rob Wells Head of School Falmouth Academy

Robert J. Gustavson, Jr. Head of School Fay School

Edward Kuh Head of School Fayerweather Street School

Jerry Ward Headmaster The Fenn School

David Stettler Head of School The Fessenden School

Maura Spignesi Head of School Fontbonne Academy

Ben Kennedy Head of School Friends Academy

Rabbi Marc Baker Head of School Gann Academy

Dr. Jochen Schnack OSR Head of School German International School Boston

David Liebmann Head of School Glen Urquhart School

Ralph Wales Head of School The Gordon School

Peter H. Quimby Head of School The Governor’s Academy

Michael Junkins Faculty Administrator Great Barrington Rudolph Steiner School

Temba Maqubela Headmaster Groton School

Paul Horovitz Head of School Harborlight Montessori

Frances Cameron Administrative Chair The Hartsbrook School

Geraldine Kline Head of School High Mowing School

Ed Chase Head of School Hillside School

Phil Peck Head of School Holderness School

Laura Gauld Head of School and President Hyde School

Donna Milani Luther Head of School INLY School

Richard Ulffers Head of School International School of Boston

Anne Murphy President Jackson Walnut Park Schools

Susie Tanchel Head of School Jewish Community Day School

Andrea Katzman Head of School Jewish Community Day School of RI

Christopher S. Cheney Head of School Kents Hill School

Mike Schafer Head of School Kimball Union Academy

Renee DuChainey-Farkes Head of School Kingsley Montessori School

Robert J. Broudo President and Headmaster Landmark School

Amy Carroll Head of School Laurel School

Dan Scheibe Head of School Lawrence Academy

Michael McCord Head of School The Learning Project

Deanne Benson Head of School Lesley Ellis School

Aline Gery Head of School Lexington Montessori School

Suzanne Fogarty Head of School Lincoln School

Thomas J. Doherty III Headmaster Malden Catholic

Fanning M. Hearon III Head of School Maple Street School

Arvind S. Grover Head of School Meadowbrook School of Weston

Joshua Abrams Head of School Meridian Academy

John Kaufman Head of School Middlebridge School

Kathy Giles Head of School Middlesex School

Todd B. Bland Head of School Milton Academy

Julia Heaton Head of School Miss Hall’s School

Karen E. Bohlin, EdD Head of School Montrose School

Matt Glendinning Head of School Moses Brown School

Ed Hudner Head of School Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center

Eileen McLaughlin Head of School Mount Alvernia High School

Danielle Heard Head of School Nashoba Brooks School

Harry Lynch Headmaster The Newman School

Barbara Rogers R.S.C.J Headmistress Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart

Beth Black Head of School Newton Montessori School

Catherine Hall Head of School Noble and Greenough School

Peter Fayroian Head of School Northfield Mount Hermon

Elizabeth Pasciucco President Notre Dame Academy

Bill Perrine Head of School Oak Meadow School

Margaret Douglas Head of School Odyssey Day School

Sarah Herman Head of School Our Sisters’ School

Cynthia A. Harmon Head of School The Park School

Tracy Bradley Head of Schools Park Street School/Park Street Kids

Rob Kelley Head of School The Pennfield School

John G. Palfrey Head of School Phillips Academy

Lisa MacFarlane Principal Phillips Exeter Academy

Betsye Sargent & Barbara McFall Heads of School The Phoenix School

John “Muddy” Waters Head of School The Pike School

Susannah Wells Head of School Pine Cobble School

Diana Owen Head of School Pine Point School

Dr. Timothy M. Johnson Head of School Pingree School

Margaret Bagge Head of School Pioneer Valley Montessori School

J. Timothy Richards Head of School Pomfret School

Vince Watchhorn Head of School Providence Country Day School

Emily Jones Head of School The Putney School

Michael Barclay Head of School Quest Montessori School

Mallory Rome Head of School The Rashi School

Ned Parsons Head of School The Rivers School

James Tracy Head of School Rocky Hill School

Kerry P. Brennan Headmaster The Roxbury Latin School

Marie P. Leary Head of School The Sage School

Alex Zequeira Headmaster Saint John’s High School

Tom Nunan, Jr. Head of School Saint Joseph Prep

Jennifer Borman Head of School School One

Mark Stanek Head of School Shady Hill School

Clair Ward Head of School Shore Country Day School

Frank Schwartz, Ph.D. President Showa Boston Institute

Rebecca Lurie Head of School Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston

Gigi DiBello Head of School Sophia Academy

David Tinagero Headmaster St. Andrew’s School

Alixe Callen Head of School St. George’s School

Edward P. Hardiman, Ph. D. Headmaster St. John’s Prep

John Warren Head of School St. Mark’s School

Mike Hirschfeld Head of School St. Paul’s School

Scot Landry Acting President St. Paul’s Choir School

William L. Burke III Headmaster St. Sebastian’s School

Houry Boyamian, M.Ed. Principal St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School

Sally L. Mixsell Head of School Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Martha Torrence Head of School Summit Montessori School

John H. Quirk Head of School Tabor Academy

Christian B. Elliot Head of School Tenacre Country Day

Don Grace Head of School Thacher Montessori School

Ted Koskores Headmaster Thayer Academy

Dr. Mary Halpin Carter Head of School The Derryfield School

Walter Hubley Head of School The Woodward School

Peter Saliba Head of School Tilton School

Susan Diller Head of School Touchstone Community School

Timothy Delehaunty Head of School Tower School

Linda Echt Interim Head of School Tremont School

Rosann Whiting President Ursuline Academy

Mara D. White Director of School Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay

Robert Schiappacasse School Director The Waldorf School of Lexington

Antonio Viva Head of School Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Timothy Bakland Head of School Waring School

Teri Schrader Head of School Watkinson School

Geoffrey Wagg Head of School Waynflete School

Allison Gaines Pell Head of School The Wheeler School

Timothy Breen Head of School The White Mountain School

Brian P. Easler Head of School Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Robert W. Hill, III Head of School The Williston Northampton School

Sarah Pelmas Head of School The Winsor School

Edward A. Cooper Head of School Wolfeboro

Walter Hubley Head of School The Woodward School

Ron Cino Head of School Worcester Academy

Brother Daniel Skala, C.F.X. Headmaster Xaverian Brothers High School

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