On behalf of the Board of Trustees of The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of Scott Kerman as our next Head of School. The board voted unanimously to appoint Scott to the position with the enthusiastic support of the head search committee, faculty, and staff.
Scott stood out in the pool of highly qualified candidates for his wealth of experience in school leadership, his classroom experience, and especially for his extraordinary ability to connect with students, faculty, staff, and parents. As fourth grader Mina Mohandessi reflected after meeting Scott, “He would be like spreading a rainbow across our school.”
Scott’s background and educational philosophy are strongly aligned with our school’s mission and values. He joins The Gardner School of Arts & Sciences from Northwest Academy in Portland where he spent seven years as Assistant Head of School, Dean of Curriculum, and as Interim Head of School. He has also taught middle school, high school, and college students beginning with Teach for America in 1992. Scott has been recognized for his expertise in independent school governance after his six years as a Trustee and President of the Board at The International School in Portland. He has practiced law and is currently the Senior Program Manager at The Classroom Law Project in Portland. As a former Trustee at The International School said, “He’s seen the spectrum; he’s been a teacher, a lawyer, a board chair, and administrator, and a parent. He’s so well-rounded.”
Scott holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, an M.A. in English from Portland State University, a B.A. in English from Washington State University, and a B.S. in Political Science from Santa Clara University. He has three children: Jared, a sophomore at The University of Chicago; Ethan, a sophomore at Jesuit High School; and Chase, an 8th grader at Arts & Communication Magnet Academy in Beaverton. His wife, Jill, is a physician and partner at a local Vancouver medical clinic, Creekside Medical.
On behalf of Gardner’s Board, we would like to express our deep appreciation to Andy Fields, for his service as Interim Head of School, leading us to this point. We also want to express our gratitude to all who have invested so much time, and put so much care, thought, and love into the process of Scott’s selection. We especially thank our dedicated search committee made up of parents, trustees, staff and faculty. Thank you also to trustee Carrie Cofer who skillfully screened our many applicants to find the right finalists. Finally, we would like to thank you, The Gardner School community, for your continued generosity and wonderful support of our school.
The board is optimistic and excited for Gardner’s future. We are confident of Scott’s leadership and ability to guide our community forward, while preserving the Gardner magic that is so treasured. Welcome to The Gardner School, Scott Kerman.
Chair, Board of Trustees