Head of School Search

The Riverside School Head of School Michelle Ralston has announced her retirement effective at the end of the school year in June 2020. In her letter announcing her decision, she said, “I have had an amazing career and I am so grateful for the experiences and memories I have created and shared with students and friends. I am in touch with former students who are now adults with their own families. I still hear from former colleagues who remind me of a day, a time, or an incident where I was helpful to them. With that said, I am privileged to be retiring from Riverside. What a grand adventure this has been, leading a dynamic school, alongside such talented staff and faculty, students, and incredibly supportive families. I thank all of you for giving me this opportunity.”

Letter to the Riverside Community From Michelle Ralston

Press Release Announcing Michelle’s Retirement

Letter from Board of Trustee President, Rebecca Hill-Larsen

Head of School Search Consultant

The Head of School Search Committee has acquired Laurie Singer to serve as a consultant for the new Head of School search. Laurie has a background in middle school administration, instructs school leadership and supervision at St Michael’s College, and is a VPA approved Administrative Mentor. She has been on campus for a tour and has met with the search committee to start the search process.

Head of School Search Committee Members

Rebecca Hill-Larsen, President, Riverside Board of Trustees, Committee Chair

Rohan Racine, Riverside Trustee and Alumnus

Eric Daffinrud, Riverside Trustee

Stephanie Giese, Riverside Trustee

Dave Kennedy, Riverside Parent

Joel Gilbert, Riverside Teacher

Heidi Toney, Riverside Teacher

Nelia Rath, Riverside Administrator and Teacher

Upcoming Forums

As part of the search process, we are planning to host forums with faculty, students, parents, and alumni with a focus on developing a vision of where we want The Riverside School to be in five years. This information will be incorporated into the job prospectus for the new Head of School. Forums for all three groups have been scheduled for October 28, 2019 on the campus at Riverside.

Forum times are as follows:

  • Students at 2:00 p.m.

  • Faculty at 3:30 p.m.

  • Parents, Grandparents, Alumni and Community at 5:00 p.m.

The parent forum will provide light refreshments and childcare.

If you have any questions for the Search Committee, contact Laurie Singer at lauriesinger49@gmail.com.