Job Opening for 2022-2023

Head of School in Evanston, Illinois, US

Beacon Academy, a 9 through 12 coeducational day school, invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of School.

Beacon Academy offers an innovative and challenging education based on Montessori principles that places a priority on experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking, and in-depth interdisciplinary studies. Beacon students will master the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to meaningfully contribute to a complex and diverse world with compassion and confidence.

Beacon Academy is a Montessori high school that brings together independent school best practices and challenging IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum with independence, freedom, and a student-centered approach. Beacon Academy students experience a learning community that inspires self-motivation and personal challenge and celebrates intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Based in Evanston, Illinois, but using the entirety of Chicago as a classroom, Beacon Academy is home to approximately 200 students.

Beacon Academy pedagogy is based on the development of students’ sense of themselves as individuals who are also integral parts of their communities. Students are given the opportunity through both their required and elective coursework to build grade-level bonds and work with mixed-aged groups. Just as in the mixed-age classrooms of Montessori Early Childhood programs, this combination offers students space to navigate the new social, physical, and intellectual realities of adolescence with their cohort as well as by learning from older peers.

While a full position specification will follow shortly, we welcome initial inquiries, nominations, recommendations, and individual applications for the Head of School role.  If you are a dynamic and visionary leader who would like to learn more about Beacon Academy, its pedagogical approach, academic rigor, strategic direction and how an exceptional learning community makes it all happen, please confidentially reach out to any of the Storbeck search team members listed below.

The search committee for Beacon Academy’s next Head of School is now accepting applications for this opportunity. Requested application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a professional reference list. References will not be called without explicit permission. Applications will be welcomed until a new Head of School is selected. Although applications will be welcomed until a new Head of School is selected, for best consideration all candidates should submit materials by October 15, 2022 or until a top candidate has been identified to:

Beacon Academy is being assisted in this search by Storbeck Search. For additional information, please contact:

Lois Mufuka Martin, Managing Director
Peter Gillin, Managing Director
Melissa Scott, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

For more information about Beacon Academy, please visit

Non-discrimination Policy
Beacon does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin, sexual identity, gender, or religion, in the administration of its hiring policies, educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Beacon Academy website

This service is provided as a courtesy by The Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
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