Head of School Announcement

On behalf of the SWS Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to announce that Raquel Scharf-Anderson will be the next Head of School at Seattle Waldorf School, effective July 1, 2020. Raquel succeeds Tracy Bennett, who has skillfully led SWS for the past nine years. Tracy, along with the Board, Administrative, and Pedagogical Leadership will work closely with Raquel in the months ahead to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.

Raquel comes to us from the Dubow Preschool and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, where she was the Head of School for joint programs that serve students from age 1 through grade 8. Prior to this position, she was the Head of School at the Da Vinci Academy in Elgin, Illinois. As a lifelong learner, Raquel brings to SWS both experience as a Head of School as well as an educator who is passionate about sharing a love of learning, the value of diversity, and the importance of kindness.

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Raquel Scharf-Anderson


Dear Seattle Waldorf School Community,

I am humbled and honored to accept the opportunity to be the next Head of Seattle Waldorf School. During our visit to SWS, my husband, Eric, and I were struck by how alive the school’s mission is in the daily program of each division and in the decisions made by leadership. I am inspired by the collaborative faculty and staff. These individuals shared their desire to hold true to the ideals of Waldorf education while embracing the important conversations needed to serve all students well in an increasingly global and ever-changing interconnected world. I am excited at the prospect of what is and what will be.

I look forward to partnering with parents and students, along with faculty, who all expressed an unwavering commitment to the Seattle Waldorf School community and to the importance of pursuing diversity, equity, and inclusion work. The time is always right to do what is right. I hope that together we will strive to ensure SWS continues to provide children with an educational journey that enables them to become joyful, lifelong learners who are courageous and kind.

I look forward in the months to come, and years that follow, to build meaningful relationships with faculty, parents, trustees, and most importantly, students. Thank you for this opportunity.


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