Head of School Search

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Head of Seattle Waldorf School Tracy Bennett announced her intention to step away from her role at the end of the school year in 2020. Our community holds deep gratitude and admiration for her near decade of leadership as we search for our next Head of School and begin a new branch of our journey. Please watch this page for updates.

Letter from Tracy Bennett

Letter from Curt Eckman, SWS Board President



Head Search Committee

To ensure a thoughtful and thorough search process, the SWS Board of Trustees has established a Head Search Committee.


  • Curt Eckman (Board President)
  • Cathy Simon (Trustee and SWS Parent)

Committee Members

  • Brigitte Bertschi (Trustee, Waldorf Graduate, and Former Head of Bertschi School)
  • Bonnie Freundlich (EC/GS Pedagogical Chair)
  • Jennifer Haakenson (SWS Parent Association Chair and SWS Parent)
  • Andy Hoag (Trustee and SWS Parent)
  • Erika Lindsay (Trustee and SWS Parent)
  • Mark Perry (Trustee and Former Faculty)
  • Steve Roos (Board Vice-President and SWS Parent)
  • Anouk Tompot (HS Pedagogical Chair and SWS Parent)

Search Committee Updates

Frequently Asked Questions


Position Description and Application Instructions

SWS Head of School Position Statement

Please note: Applicants to the Head of School position should not contact Seattle Waldorf School directly. Please follow the application process described in the Position Statement. Thank you.


Anticipated Search Process Timeline

Position postedMay 2019
Application deadlineJuly 15, 2019
Semifinalist interviewsSeptember/October 2019
Finalist visitsOctober/November 2019
AppointmentDecember 2019
Start dateJuly 2020


About Our Search Partner

The SWS Board of Trustees has engaged Search Consultant Doreen Oleson of Resource Group 175 (RG175) to support our Board and its appointed Search Committee in identifying the next Head of School for Seattle Waldorf School.