Head of School Transition

Heather Rogers Appointed as the Next Head of Keys School


The Keys School Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Heather Rogers as the next Head of School at Keys School, effective July 1, 2019. The search committee unanimously recommended Heather to the Board, and the Board was unanimous in its approval of that recommendation. We are thrilled to welcome Heather and her family to the Keys Community!

Heather inspired excitement among our faculty, administration, families, and students. Her warmth, enthusiasm for learning, and readiness to connect resonated with our community, and we are confident that these characteristics, along with her over 25 years of teaching and leadership experience, will help to guide our school as we continue to build upon the strength of our mission and values.

Heather Rogers comes to Keys from Prospect Sierra, a K-8 school in El Cerrito, CA, where she has been the Middle School Division Head for the past 9 years. Prior to Prospect Sierra, Heather’s roles have included serving as the West Coast Regional Director (Membership Outreach) for the National Association of Independent Schools, the Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions and Marketing at The Gardner School of Multiple Intelligences in Vancouver, WA, as well as the Director of Athletics and an English teacher at Marin Academy in San Rafael. In addition to her teaching, coaching, and leadership experience, Heather holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in medieval literature from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. in Private School Leadership from the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI.

Below you can find more information about the search process. Click here to view the community announcement.

"I found an immediate sense of celebration at Keys! Every interaction, whether with student, faculty, parent, or board member was marked by kindness, authenticity, warmth, and an impassioned curiosity to learn." Heather Rogers

Head of School Search Process

Overview of Search Timeline

July, 2018:  Search consultant Bob Fricker meets with the Leadership Team (the seven senior administrators who report directly to the Head of School) to begin gathering information about Keys.

September, 2018:  Bob Fricker and Burke Zalosh spend three days at Keys, meeting with faculty, staff, parents, and students, in order to get to know our program and our community.

September, November, 2018:  Application period; the Head Search Committee reviews applications and interviews semi-finalists.

December, 2018:  A series of two-day Finalist visits that include forums with parents, faculty and staff, as well as interviews with administrators and the search committee. Every constituency is asked to provide feedback via survey following each Finalist visit.

January, 2018:  Our goal is to have an announcement about our next leader and begin to design a plan with Alona Scott for a seamless transition.

Search Committee Members

Ultimately, the responsibility of hiring a new Head of school lies with the Board of Trustees. With that charge in mind, the Board has created a Search Committee made up of Trustees and representatives from the faculty, staff, and the community at large. We believe this group includes a diversity of perspective and a depth of knowledge about Keys that will allow us to thoroughly evaluate candidates. The Search Committee members are:

Eli Abbe
, Former trustee, alum parent
Kate Atmore, Director of Community Engagement and Growth
Matthew GemelloTrustee, current and alum parent
Jill Glasgow, Current Lower School parent
Jesse Johnson, Chair, Board of Trustees, current parent
Kelsey McMillan, 4th Grade teacher
Ramon Peypoch, Trustee, current parent
Ramesh Rajagopal, Trustee, current and alum parent
Jeff Redlawsk, Middle School Music teacher
Amy Schneider (chair), Trustee, current parent
David Webster, Trustee, current parent

Updates from the Search Committee