Announcing our new head of school, Andrea Myers!

 
Throughout her career, Andrea has demonstrated the professional agility necessary to lead across a variety of areas of independent school life. In addition to Andrea’s role as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Miquon, she has also been a valued member of the school’s leadership team, providing strategic direction to improve the school’s operations, professional development programming, and business growth opportunities. Before this, Andrea spent her career in PreK-8 and lower schools working in admissions and teaching grades 2-6 in a range of schools around the country. Andrea holds an undergraduate degree in fine arts from Hampton University, a master’s in elementary education from Lesley College, and an M.B.A. from Temple University. Andrea currently lives in Lafayette Hill with her daughter, Ava, and dog, Maggie. They enjoy spending time hiking trails along the Wissahickon.
 
Andrea is compelled by the opportunity to lead FSH as she is drawn to small, progressive communities that value kindness and celebrate the joy in learning for children: “Joining the FSH community brings me great joy, for which I am grateful. Through the interview process, I observed an abundance of kindness evident in the ways teachers talked of their colleagues, children engaged with their peers, and heard in the stories parents shared. I look forward to connecting with everyone and learning all there is to know about FSH.” 
 
The Search Committee’s decision was informed by broad, thoughtful, and positive input from the Friends School Haverford community. Search Committee member Gretchen Dykstra, Class of ‘60, shared that, “with a well-structured process and many strong candidates, the Search Committee kept Quaker values front and center, and in Andrea, we identified a creative, kind, and experienced lover of children, teachers, and the environment.” 
 
We know Andrea will lead Friends School Haverford with an abiding commitment to growth and innovation, all while recognizing the importance of preserving our deeply rooted Quaker values and traditions. Current parent Laura Been reflected, “I came into the search thinking it would be tough to find someone who had all of the qualities needed to lead FSH, but Andrea is exactly the right person for the job! She has a natural rapport with both families and faculty, reflecting her experience as an educator, an administrator, and a parent herself. On top of that, she has the business acumen to lead the school into its next phase, but her vision is couched in values that ensure the school will retain its core identity as it grows.”
 
In addition to having the vision and skills to manage a school in today’s complex environment, Andrea exemplifies a spirit of kindness, warmth, and humility that resonates across our community.
 
In Andrea, we believe we found a capable and inspiring leader who embodies our mission, vision, and values. As a member of the Search Committee, PK teacher Kristin Lewis shared, “It was a privilege to be part of the search committee and meet so many highly qualified candidates. Each candidate offered a unique set of skills and experiences combined with a keen interest in the mission at the heart of Friends School Haverford. I'm excited to welcome Andrea as our new Head of School and look forward to working with her in creating an even more vibrant early childhood program at FSH.”
 
Similarly, Grades 3/4 teacher Rae Fishman notes that “I am excited to work with Andrea because of her passion for teaching through art, her work as an admissions director, and her impressive resume. I am excited about Andrea’s social justice focus and all that she will bring to our school.”
 
I would like to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Search Committee. Their diligence and devotion to the task of finding our next Head of School will undoubtedly benefit the entire Friends School Haverford community for years to come. Please stay tuned for opportunities to bid a fond farewell to our wonderful current Acting Head of School, Liza Ewen, as well as to welcome Andrea Myers to this remarkable community.
 
In gratitude and partnership,
Bev Keith
Clerk of School Committee, on behalf of the Search Committee
 
Search Committee Members: 
Bev Keith (Clerk), Laura Been (current parent), Kevin Block (FSH Class of 1998), Mina Dia-Stevens (current parent), Gretchen Dykstra (FSH Class of 1960), Rae Fishman (current faculty), Kristin Lewis (current faculty), Terence Ryan (former parent), Chris Strawbridge (former parent, attendee of Haverford Monthly Meeting).