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Head of School Search

In the spring of 2021, PS1’s founding Head of School, Joel Pelcyger, announced that after leading the school for 50 years, he intended to retire at the end of the 2021- 2022 school year. The school spent that year celebrating both Joel’s retirement and the school’s 50th anniversary. At the same time, the Board of Directors began executing the succession plan, which it had developed over time after much thought and consideration of best practices for independent schools. Learn more HERE.

In April 2022, PS1 announced the appointment of Erik Carlson as the Interim Head of School for the 2022-23 school year. CLICK HERE to read more about Erik.

As we start the 2022 – 2023 school year and welcome Erik as our Interim Head of School, the Board of Directors is embarking on the next step of our succession plan. The Board of Directors has appointed Kerri Speck and Eric Zabinski to co-chair a committee dedicated to the next step – the search for the next long-term Head of School for PS1 whose term will begin the 2023 – 2024 school year. The committee consists of individuals who represent a wide range of PS1 constituents. The Board has retained Butler/White Strategies, an executive search firm that specializes in independent schools, to support PS1 through a national search for our next leader.

While the Board of Directors is responsible for appointing the next Head of PS1, and some aspects of the search will require confidentiality, the Search Committee aims to make the process as open and inclusive as possible. Via surveys, interviews, and community meetings, key stakeholders will have opportunities to share their perspectives on PS1 and their ideas about the school's future leadership needs.

Please see below for communications that have been sent to our community and FAQs.

The Search Committee will update this page periodically with more details, so please continue to check back. 

For questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with the Search Committee at headsearch@psone.org.


Communications and FAQs

Search Committee Co-Chairs

Kerri Speck
Co-Chair HOS Search Committee;
Board Chair (2016-2019);
Current Board member
P '14, P '21, P '24

Eric Zabinski
Co-Chair HOS Search Committee;

Current Board Member
P '23, P '25

Search Committee

Nisreen Al-Bassam 
Current Board Member

P '24, P '27

LiAnne Hall
Current Faculty Member

P '05, P '06, P'10

Nancy Harding 
Assistant Head for Teaching & Learning

Rosalia Ibarrola
Current Board Member
P '23, P '27

Bonnie Koo
Current Faculty Member

Anna Tran Reyna
Board Chair
P ’16, P ’22, P ‘26

Maggie Rosenfeld
Former Director of Finance & Operations
Board Member Emeritus (1994-2019)

P '94, P '97