I am excited to be writing to you as the new Head of School for Cambridge Friends School. July 1 seemed an unbearably distant start date when my appointment was announced last Fall, but now Cambridge Friends already feels like home. I am grateful to those of you who have gone out of your way to welcome me to this community and to make the transition as smooth as possible. I am impressed by the warmth and kindness I have been shown.
I am enthusiastic about CFS’s future. Our mission as a school and a community is a critically important one – and the world needs us more than ever. The Quaker values that provide the foundation for the school’s staunch commitment to social justice through its anti-bias curriculum have created a school that inspires students, faculty, families, and community. I am honored to be leading CFS into its very bright and promising future.
In my long search for a head position, I was astounded to discover the gem that is CFS, hidden away in North Cambridge - a school dedicated to compassion, respect, inclusion, and empathy; to weaving intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual growth; to embracing personal diligence with a life-long pursuit of knowledge and truth; to working toward a world where all voices are heard, and everyone is included. I began to truly understand what an extraordinary school CFS is when I visited it. As I walked by busy classrooms and brightly-colored art studios, from the library to the noise of the gym, the excitement and pride for CFS was palpable and infectious. I saw a school where children were cherished and teachers were deeply invested in their students’ learning.
I am now so excited about being invited to join the community and serve as your next Head of School. As I came to know both CFS and Quaker education, I became increasingly moved by both the mission of the school borne out day by day and by the values of Quakerism underpinning the education happening at the school. It is clear that students' learning and personal growth are guided by an expectation of social responsibility and informed initiative. I am eager to become part of a community that places a strong emphasis on social justice throughout its curriculum: an educational community committed to fostering each child’s unique ability to make a positive change in the world. I promise to support these efforts at every level and share these values with the larger community so that Cambridge Friends School continues to be a leading institution in 21st century education. Now I want to get to know all of you, and I look forward to our work together as we move confidently into the school’s future.
David J. Tierney
Head of School