Head of School Search

New Head of School of School Announcement

March 28, 2024

Dear St. Thomas School Community,

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I write to you today to announce the conclusion of our head of school search process. After a comprehensive and thorough search, involving input from our entire community, the board unanimously voted to name Peter Lutkoski as the next head of St. Thomas School, effective July 2025.

Mr. Lutkoski brings a rich background in educational leadership from his tenure at The American School in London, where he has served in various roles for over two decades, most notably as Middle School Principal since 2015.

In his own words, Mr. Lutkoski shared, “It is truly an honor to be asked to serve at an institution as distinguished as St. Thomas School. The school’s long-standing tradition of excellence, the talent and dedication of its faculty and staff, and its reputation for innovative global leadership are genuine points of pride. I am thrilled to be a part of St. Thomas School’s vibrant and promising future.”

As we look forward to welcoming Mr. Lutkoski, we must also take a moment to acknowledge the incredible legacy of Dr. Kirk Wheeler, who will retire in June 2025. Dr. Wheeler’s leadership has been instrumental in shaping the path of success and excellence for St. Thomas School. We are deeply grateful for his years of dedicated service, guidance, and unwavering commitment to our community.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the search committee members - John Sherwood ’83, Sarah Reed, Jane Fellows, Erin Kaneko, Gina Kwan, Karen Mathewson, Emma Rehrl, and Haiyong Wang - for their tireless efforts, dedication, and integrity throughout this process. Their commitment to finding the best possible leader for our school has been evident in every step of this journey. I am incredibly proud  and grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside such an exceptional group of individuals.

In the months ahead, the board will work with Mr. Lutkoski, Dr. Wheeler, and the senior leadership team to form transition plans.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Mr. Lutkoski to the St. Thomas School family. We look forward with great anticipation to the leadership he will provide as we continue to advance our mission and uphold the values that make St. Thomas School a remarkable place for learning and growth.

Warm regards,

Rebecca Andrew
Search Committee Chair
Board Vice President/President-elect


 

“It is truly an honor to be asked to serve at an institution as distinguished as St. Thomas School. The school’s long-standing tradition of excellence, the talent and dedication of its faculty and staff, and its reputation for innovative global leadership are genuine points of pride. I am thrilled to be a part of St. Thomas School’s vibrant and promising future.”

 

- Peter Lutkoski


 

Opportunity Statement

First page of the PDF file: STSOppStatementFINAL

"The strength of the St. Thomas School community is matched by its distinctive blend of cutting-edge educational approaches and its strong sense of tradition. 

This is a compelling position for educators seeking a place to lead and to grow within an extraordinary school culture."


End of an Era: Dr. Kirk Wheeler Announces Departure from STS, Board Begins Search for Successor

As announced on October 11, 2023, Head of School Kirk Wheeler will leave St. Thomas School at the end of the 2024-2025 academic year, marking his 20th year of leadership at STS. In a letter to the community, John Sherwood '83, president of the St. Thomas School Board of Trustees, and Rebecca Andrew, vice president/president-elect, reflected on Dr. Wheeler's impact, noting, “We are deeply grateful for the leadership Dr. Wheeler has offered STS for nearly two decades, and for the profound impact he has had on countless STS students, families, faculty, and staff.”

While this announcement is now being made public, Dr. Wheeler intentionally informed the board of his plans well in advance, providing ample time for the board to make preliminary preparations. The search for St. Thomas School’s fifth head of school is currently underway. The board’s search committee is being chaired by Rebecca Andrew, and the school has engaged DRG, a well-established head of school search consulting firm.

St. Thomas School community members are encouraged to visit this page often for updates throughout the search process and transition to a new head of school.


 


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Head of School Search FAQ

When is Dr. Wheeler leaving?
Dr. Kirk Wheeler will depart STS at the end of the 2024-2025 school year.

Why has Dr. Wheeler chosen to leave now?
After nearly two decades of dedicated service to St. Thomas School, Dr. Wheeler has decided to move on to the next chapter of his life. His decision was taken with deep contemplation and appreciation for the school community.

How will the board ensure a smooth transition?
Dr. Wheeler informed the board of trustees of his plans well in advance, giving the board ample amount of time to plan a meticulous and thoughtful search process, partnering with the distinguished search firm, DRG. The objective is to name Dr. Wheeler’s successor by the end of the 2023-2024 school year, providing plenty of time for a smooth transition.

How can I contribute or share my thoughts on the succession?
The board values stakeholder’s feedback. There will be opportunities to share insights with DRG through in-person meetings and an online survey. Additionally, a Town Hall on October 19 will provide families with a platform for discussions with board President John Sherwood '83 and Vice President/President-elect Rebecca Andrew.

What has been Dr. Wheeler’s impact on STS during his tenure?
Dr. Wheeler has led numerous initiatives that have greatly benefited STS. These include spearheading our LEED Gold-certified school building, APAC, CLI, and CRL, expanding the middle school to 8th grade, navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. His leadership has brought growth, innovation, and sustainability to the school.

Who is involved in the search for the new head of school?
A search committee, chaired by Rebecca Andrew, board vice president/president-elect, has been formed. This committee, in collaboration with DRG, will guide the search process to find a suitable successor. Stakeholders, including parents, guardians, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to give their input in the coming weeks as the community, together, defines the qualities desired in the new head of school.

Will the mission and values of STS change with the new leadership?
The core principles and values of STS remain steadfast. While leadership transitions bring about change, the school's mission to foster academic excellence, character development, leadership, and global citizenship continues to guide its path.

How will the community be kept informed during the search process?
Regular updates from the search committee will be communicated to the community. You're also encouraged to watch this page for updated information throughout the process.

How can we honor Dr. Wheeler's service to the school?
As we approach Dr. Wheeler's departure, there will be multiple opportunities to celebrate and honor his significant contributions. Details about such events and initiatives will be shared in due course.

Is the school's direction or strategy expected to change with new leadership?
While new leadership often brings fresh perspectives, the enduring mission and vision of STS provide a consistent foundation. The board, faculty, and staff are committed to upholding the traditions of excellence that STS is known for, while embracing positive evolution.