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Leadership Update

On May 11, 2022, Siena Founder and Board Chair Erik Heyer announced that after 16 years as founding Head of School, Jilly Darefsky will advance to oversee the entire organization’s curriculum and instruction, program innovation, strategic initiatives, and the development of the school’s leadership team and exceptional faculty as Executive Head of School, effective July 2023. We are currently conducting the process to identify Siena's next outstanding Head of School, and we're excited to attract high-quality applicants to this position.

Inquiries, recommendations, and Siena community questions concerning the search process can be directed to SienaHOS@storbecksearch.com.

As the search progresses, please refer to this page for updated communications and information. 


Letter to the Community

Over the past sixteen years, The Siena School has steadily grown into a nationally recognized leader in dyslexia education for students with learning differences. This year, Siena now serves almost 175 students and 50 faculty and staff on two campuses. Our consistent focus on offering the highest quality, research-based programs has always been a by-product of our exceptionally talented and hard-working team and community. Especially with the challenges presented these past few years, we cannot thank each and every member of the Siena family enough!

With our commitment to continuous improvement and the growth of the school, The Siena School is excited to announce the next step in the organization’s development. Over the next 18 months, Jilly Darefsky, Executive Head of School and a member of the founding team, will be transitioning to oversee the entire organization’s curriculum and instruction, program innovation, strategic initiatives, and the development of the school’s leadership team and exceptional faculty.

For the upcoming 2022-23 school year, Jilly will continue as the day-to-day Executive Head of School in Silver Spring. We will shortly begin a national search for the next Head of School, who will begin in July 2023. The multi-campus model has emerged as a national trend for leading independent schools to support mission-driven growth, and this change helps support similar opportunities at Siena.  

For over 16 years, Jilly has been an unwavering leader and champion for Siena’s students, faculty, program, and level of excellence. Looking ahead to the next decade, we are excited for the opportunities this new role provides both her and Siena. Jennifer Betts, Head of School in Northern Virginia, is another key member of Siena’s leadership team and expertly led the successful new campus opening this year. Together with the new Head of School in Silver Spring, Jennifer, Jilly, and our team will be well positioned with more time, resources, and opportunity to support and grow Siena’s nationally recognized programs. ​

This is an exciting time in The Siena School’s history. We are looking forward to our continued growth as a national leader in the education of students with language-based learning differences. Please do not hesitate to contact Jilly or me with any questions.

Sincerely,

Erik Heyer
Founder, Board Chair, Parent (6th)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Head of School Selection Committee for The Siena School will begin accepting nominations and reviewing applications immediately. Requested application materials include a letter of interest addressed to the search committee, curriculum vitae, and a personal statement that includes a description of educational and leadership beliefs. For best consideration, all candidates should submit materials to SienaHOS@storbecksearch.com by Friday, September 30, if not sooner.**

**The Siena School reserves the right to accelerate the calendar for highly qualified candidates with applications being reviewed upon being submitted.

There will be several rounds of interviews. Finalists will spend time on campus with an opportunity to meet various community members—most importantly, our students and faculty/staff. Insights from the Siena community about the school are critical to the success of this search.

Inquiries, recommendations, and Siena community questions concerning the search process can be directed to SienaHOS@storbecksearch.com.

It is our objective to name the next Head of School for the Silver Spring campus in late fall/early winter. Once Siena Silver Spring’s new Head of School is named, Ms. Darefsky and the team will begin the transition and onboarding process for the new Head. The next Head of School for the Silver Spring campus will assume their duties on July 1, 2023.

No. Ms. Darefsky will continue day-to-day leadership of Silver Spring through the end of the 2023 school year, and as Executive Head of School she will continue thereafter to maintain overall responsibility for Siena’s curriculum, program, and operations. Our faculty, staff, and administrators remain committed to fulfilling Siena’s mission and providing our students with the excellent educational experience that Siena has established.

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