About CFS

Head of School Search

Cambridge Friends School is seeking a new Head of School to lead our community into our next 50 years.

The mission of Cambridge Friends School community leads us to view social justice and academic excellence as dependent upon each other. Built on a long-term commitment to progressive education, our project-based curriculum and hands-on experiences enable students to explore, apply, refine, and extend their learning, and our next leader will support and expand on these core tenets in the context of the Quaker testimonies of Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Simplicity and Stewardship.

Latest update

The Head of School Search is in the final stretch! The Search Committee is delighted with the set of candidates who submitted their applications. They are a diverse set of people, with a variety of impressive backgrounds. The interviews are underway and finalists will visit the campus this fall to meet the community.

For more information on the process or questions, email headsearch@cfsmass.org

Head of School Search FAQ

Will the mission change with a new head of school?
Our mission is relevant and persists regardless of the head of school. The head of school works in service of the mission. The mission doesn’t change to suit the skills or personality of the head of school.

Will the next head of school be Quaker?
The next head of school will need to understand how Quakerism does and does not affect our mission, our mission to educate students, and our workplace practices. However, being Quaker is not a requirement for the role.

How will the head of school search affect my child’s experience at CFS?
Our experienced and dedicated teachers understand that their students’ wellbeing and education are their most important responsibilities. Your children may be asked for their opinions on leadership in general, or offered a chance to participate on a student advisory committee, or to meet with visiting candidates.

How can I get the answer to a question that is not listed here?
Please mail headsearch@cfsmass.org if you have additional questions.

About the Search Committee

The search committee is comprised of faculty, staff, families, graduates, and friends of the school. 

Carrie Asselin, Middle School Science Teacher
Carrie joined the CFS community in 2014 after transitioning from molecular research on Alzheimer’s disease. She has since worked to develop a middle school science curriculum at CFS in which place-based learning, climate change, design thinking, and open-ended inquiry are central themes. A lifelong Friend, Carrie is a graduate of Westtown Friends School in Pennsylvania and of Earlham College in Indiana.
Kirsten Greenidge, Graduate ‘88; Trustee; Parent ‘21 and ‘19
Kirsten attended CFS from third to eighth grade and earned her B.A. at Wesleyan University, where she also attended Bank Street College of Education, and soon after earned an M.F.A at the University of Iowa. She is a playwright and artist-in-residence at Company One Theatre in Boston, a theatre company committed to innovative work for and by multicultural and under represented groups in the Boston area and in American Theatre. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Boston University’s School of Theatre where she oversees BU’s undergraduate playwrighting track of study. In her third year on the board, Kirsten serves on the search committee and on the executive committee.

David Lewis, Parent ‘25
David has been an appellate attorney in private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over 20 years. His practice encompasses civil and criminal appeals in both state and federal court. His criminal practice includes work with local innocence projects. He serves on the board of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is a former co-chair of their Amicus Committee. He also serves on the Litigation Committee of the New England Innocence Project.

Emily Lyons, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Emily began at CFS as a maternity leave replacement in December, 2015, and stayed on when the other teacher chose not to return. She previously taught fifth and sixth grade at the King Open School for 19 years, where, among other things, she directed student-written plays, and taught the Algebra Project, the I-Search, oceanography, and a unit called South Africa: Apartheid and Resistance. She attended public alternative schools from Kindergarten through high school, and is a graduate of Oberlin College and Lesley University.

Becky Goff Moore, Graduate ‘71; Trustee
Becky attended CFS from kindergarten to eighth grade and then graduated from Commonwealth School before earning A.B./M.Ed degrees from Harvard. Since 1980 she has taught secondary school English and is currently a member of the faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. In her second term on the board of trustees, this year Becky serves as clerk to the board and co-clerk to the search committee.

Dan Riles, Parent ‘22 and ‘25
Dan has taught in schools for over 20 years, starting in the Philadelphia Public School System and currently at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA. After being a classroom teacher in grades 4-6 for 15 years, Dan transitioned to his current role as a technology educator. He earned a B.A. from Haverford College and a M.Ed from Webster University. When not parenting or teaching, Dan loves to design tabletop games; his most recent, Clean Up Your Room, is a whimsical take on that often-used refrain.

Jonathan Vogel-Borne, Friend
Jonathan is a lifelong Friend who has traveled widely around the world and across the full Quaker spectrum, from evangelical to liberal. Jonathan's ministry is to seek deeper unity among all peoples. He and his spouse, Minga Claggett-Borne, served as Resident Friends of Cambridge (MA) Monthly Meeting from 1985-1990. He was a member of the Cambridge Friends School Committee from 1987–1990. Jonathan was the lead staff person at New England Yearly Meeting from 1991 to 2013. 

Amory Wakefield, Parent ‘20; Trustee
In her professional life, Amory has spent the past decade as a Director of Product in Boston-area technology startups, currently at True Fit Corporation. Amory served as Co-Clerk of the CFS Family Association from 2012-2016 and member of the Strategic Planning Financial Sub-Committee in 2012. She attended public school in California through Grade 9 and has a B.S./M.Eng. from MIT. Amory is the co-clerk of the search committee.

About CFS

Cambridge Friends School is a co-educational elementary and middle school (preK-8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Located on 4.1 acres in a residential area of North Cambridge, the school currently enrolls 150 students, has a faculty, staff and administration of 50 and an operating budget of $4.7 million.
As the core of the School mission statement reads:

The mission of the Cambridge Friends School is to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community, strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative and spiritual potential, and through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world
This mission leads the Cambridge Friends School community to view social justice and academic excellence as dependent upon each other. The School defines academic excellence as attaining the skills, behaviors, habits, and routines necessary for thinking and learning both in the present and for life. This includes supporting the academic success of all students. Built on a long-term commitment to progressive education, a project-based curriculum and hands-on experiences enable students to explore, apply, refine, and extend their learning. CFS teachers interweave a strong academic program with Quaker testimonies of Equality, Peace, Integrity, Community, Simplicity and Stewardship. Teachers honor students’ various identities and acknowledge the impact these identities have on student learning.The school offers a rich set of co-curricular subjects as well as extra-curricular experiences including instrumental music and dance and, for middle school students, interscholastic sports.

Important Dates

January – March 2017: Validate search process, identify needs & budget, announce position

April – August 2017: Community engagement, position statement, advertise position, staff search committee

August 2017: Deadline for applications

August – Nov 2017: Review applicants; interview, evaluate, and visit candidates

November 2017: Make offer and secure candidate

December 2017: Next head of school is named

January – July 2018: Transition and orientation activities

July 2018: New head of school begins
Current Community members:
View the Community Head of School Search page for current faculty, staff, and families to read the latest news and ways to be involved in the search for our new Head.

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