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Vice President for Academic Affairs
Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School (USA)
Appointed - Lauren Streifer
Feb 15, 2017
After an international search, I am pleased to announce that Lauren Streifer (pictured) has been named the new Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wyoming Seminary.
Lauren joins Sem from the International School of Panama in Panama City where she currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning. In her role there her duties include ensuring the implementation of strategic plans aligned to academic excellence, cultivating a systematic teaching and learning ethos across all grades, and driving improvement initiatives tied to curriculum, instruction and assessment to position ISP as a global leader in academics and innovation. During her time at ISP, enrollment went from 600 mostly domestic students to today's enrollment of 1250 students, with nearly 75 percent representing 50 nationalities.
An Upper School academic department chair wrote of Lauren, "I found Lauren to be extremely resourceful and communicative. She has a lot of experience with curriculum and programming for students and faculty. She is a problem solver, and I like that she has a knowledge of organizations and associations for professional development. Lauren aligns well with where Sem is going in terms of 21st century teaching and learning."
Prior to ISP, Lauren was the Academic Coordinator at Laconia High School in Laconia, New Hampshire, where she oversaw school improvement initiatives tied to curriculum, instruction and assessment. Lauren is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in a double major of biology and chemistry, and received a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and K-12 Principal Certification at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
In the role of Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lauren will work alongside faculty to oversee Sem's toddler through postgraduate academic programming. She will develop mission-driven curriculum with deans and department chairs to ensure curricular consistency, continuity, coordination and coherence within and among different departments for both Lower and Upper Schools. Reporting to the president and serving on the president's cabinet, Lauren will also be charged with creation and presentation of professional development initiatives aligned with divisional and school-wide goals. She will join the Sem community on August 1, 2017.
I would like to extend my personal thanks to Lower School Dean Kathy Hanlon and Upper School Dean Jay Harvey for their outstanding work on this search, as well as the invaluable support of the department chairs and faculty in both divisions. They contributed many hours and deep insights, which ultimately helped us find the best candidate!
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School
Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School seeks a new Vice President for Academic Affairs. The School has engaged Search Associates to assist with this search.
This is a wonderful opportunity for candidates who are passionate about Toddler-Postgraduate curricular design, implementation and review and working with a talented, committed faculty. Wyoming Seminary, or “Sem” as it is affectionately known, is situated in the beautiful Wyoming valley of northeast Pennsylvania, famously dubbed, the “valley with a heart.” In close proximity to the Poconos, the area contains many opportunities for outdoor pursuits with its picturesque mountains and lakes. Sem is also only two hours from New York City and Philadelphia.
Known as a school that encourages faculty and students to develop individuality and academically, there are also abundant opportunities for student participation in a wide variety of well developed athletic, artistic, and extra-curricular activities.Wyoming Seminary remains a caring, diverse school that enrolls students from around northeast Pennsylvania, the United States and the world. With 173 years of successful educational service and a tradition of academic excellence, Wyoming Seminary enjoys a strong place in the independent school world.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs will support the faculty in the delivery of the school’s academic mission. She or he will work alongside faculty to oversee the school’s Toddler-PG academic curriculum, developing mission driven curriculum with Deans and department chairs and ensuring appropriate curricular consistency, continuity, coordination and coherence within and among different departments and divisions. As well, the Vice President will support, supervise, and evaluate department chairs and have oversight of the faculty professional development and evaluation processes. S/he will be charged with the creation and presentation of professional development initiatives aligned with divisional and school-wide goals. The Vice President will eventually oversee selected programs that lack a coordinating supervisor such as global education and will direct other projects and initiatives as determined by the President.
Currently in his second year as Wyoming Seminary’s President, Kevin Rea eagerly anticipates the opportunity to work closely with the new Vice President. The Vice President will report to the President and will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, the school’s senior administrative team.
Candidates should send the information listed below as a single pdf file attached to an email:
- A letter of application describing your interest in this position at Wyoming Seminary, listing your strengths as a candidate and how your qualifications and experience align with the profile of the desired candidate.
- A current resumé not to exceed two pages
- A one-page list of at least 4 references with current phone numbers and email addresses
- A maximum of three letters of reference (scanned at low resolution) that may already be in your possession
Total document size should be kept to less than eight (8) MB.
Applications should be sent as a single PDF attachment to all the addresses below:
CC to: email@example.com