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Harborlight-Stoneridge announces new Head of School

Posted by boston.com  November 26, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School:

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Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School announces that Paul Horovitz [left], currently Head
of School at Litchfield Montessori School in Northfield, Conn., has been named Head of School, succeeding Interim Head of School David Hursty, who will step down as planned in June. A native of the Boston area, Horovitz brings with him over 15 years of experience as Head of three different schools, and he is a nationally recognized resource for best practices in independent-school innovation and achievement. Prior to leading Litchfield Montessori School, he served as Head of School at the Antilles School in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and as Head of School of The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.
 
“We are thrilled to introduce Paul Horovitz as our next head of school,” said Debra Thomas, Chair of the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School’s Board of Trustees. “While we reviewed a large and talented pool of applicants and narrowed our search to three exceptional finalists, Paul received the unanimous and enthusiastic support of both the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. In addition to learning more about his work as an educational leader and innovator, our School community was deeply impressed with his understanding of and affinity for our Montessori tradition and the value that he places on advancing our School’s mission—all of which make him the ideal candidate to lead Harborlight-Stoneridge into its
next chapter as a center of Montessori excellence.”
 
Thomas noted that Horovitz has been sought out for many years as a consultant, providing effective outreach to independent schools and other non-profit organizations across the country. His expert guidance has included workshops, training and one-on-one counsel in the areas of strategic thinking, governance and management. He is a graduate of Cushing Academy, in Ashburnham, Mass., earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lake Forest College in Illinois and his JD from Boston University. He practiced law for many years—and earned the Denis Maguire Pro Bono Award by the Boston Bar Association, for commitment to representation of the indigent—before making a change to pursue a career in education.
 
Harborlight-Stoneridge represents the successful merger of two schools in 2012 into one campus location on Essex Street in Beverly, where every child develops independence, self-confidence, and an awareness of the world they inhabit. “We have been very fortunate to benefit from the good insights and experience of David Hursty as our Interim Head of School during this time,” said Thomas. “His input and guidance have been valuable as two schools took a giant step to merge and become one larger unified educational community.”
 
The school’s skilled teachers create a respectful, supportive, and peaceful environment where they nurture each student’s natural passion, curiosity and desire to learn. Students embrace their uniqueness and fully achieve their educational, social, and emotional potential. Harborlight-Stoneridge offers programs for students in preK-8 through its Infant/Toddler, Children's House, Elementary, and Middle School. Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School represents a dynamic community of supported faculty, engaged families, and passionate, curious, creative, self-motivated learners who thrive in the prepared environment of a Montessori classroom. The School is also home to the Montessori Institute - New England, a nationally recognized regional resource which provides quality professional development to individuals aspiring to become Montessori teachers.
 
“With the recent merger of Harborlight Montessori School and Stoneridge Children’s Montessori School, we have entered a new chapter in Montessori education on the North Shore,” stated Trustee Vania O’Connor, Chair of the Search Committee. “Paul’s significant achievements helping so many independent schools realize their unique potential to accomplish even greater successes really stood out to all of us, as we reviewed his impressive qualifications. His deep roots in the North Shore, his understanding of our community, the region, our school, and its mission also made him the perfect candidate to lead Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School.”
 
In reaching out to identify candidates for the Head of School position, Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School secured the services of Independent Thinking based in Newton, Mass. “They delivered exceptional services and produced a terrific pool of applicants,” noted Debra Thomas, “from which Paul Horovitz ultimately emerged as the clear choice.”
 
In addition to his school leadership and extensive national and international consulting work in education, Paul Horvitz has also served as a Trustee, Board Chair or member of the Trustee Committee at a number of distinguished schools and nonprofit organizations, including: the Dublin School in Dublin, N.H.; The Cobb School in Simsbury, Conn.; the Charles River School in Dover, Mass.; the Sea Education Association, of Woods Hole, Mass.; Lake Forest College; National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS); Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE); The Dover Foundation, Dover, Mass.
 
He also served The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest land trust, with properties across Massachusetts, in several capacities, as a member of the Advisory Committee, as chair of the Charles River Valley Committee, and as facilitator of a master planning process for the historic Castle Hill property in Ipswich, Mass.  

Horovitz is married to Betsey (Bryant) and the couple has three sons and six grandchildren.
 

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