Interest in the position was incredibly strong—we started with 165 initial prospects, 其中50人是由撒切尔社区的成员确认的. 从那里, 遴选委员会对20名候选人进行了评估, 采访了六, and n箭头ed the field to a small group of finalists that included some of the most accomplished and thoughtful educators in the country. 在这个线上买球平台的结尾, it was clear to the 遴选委员会 and Board that Jeff Hooper is the right person to lead the School at this important moment in its history.
Those who have worked with or know Jeff understand that he possesses the qualities our community highlighted and more, 包括谦卑, 善良, 同理心, 同情, 和警惕. 作为老师, 管理员, 和教练, Jeff has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the School and its students, including when he stepped up in support of community safety and well-being by joining the Special Committee that shepherded the MTO reports through to release. His ability to bring people together in dialog and healing has been particularly important as our community strives to honor the courage of our survivors by embracing the moral imperatives that emerged from the reports.
无论是在教室里, 在球场上, 或者在讲台上, Jeff’s love of living and 学习ing alongside adolescents is palpable, 以及他的亲和力, 存在, and interest in the lives of students and colleagues is evident.作为撒切尔应对新冠疫情工作的领导者, Jeff also did an exceptional job bringing our students and teachers back to campus both safely and with fewer disruptions than almost any other school.
In 2021, Jeff assumed the role of Acting and then Interim Head of School at a time when our community needed him most. 在他的众多贡献中, 他加强了学院的政策, 程序, 的理解, 以及处理各种人际伤害的能力, 包括种族, 性, 情感, 和物理. 他扩大了学院的多样性, 股本, 包容团队和努力支持学生, 校友, and community members whose stories and lessons gifted 目的 with reckoning and understanding that our school has not always risen to this challenge. Jeff has also embraced the School’s responsibility to proactively address student 情感 and mental health, highlighted by the recruitment of 目的’s inaugural Director of Counseling and Wellness, 谁正式开始这个夏天.
The Board is excited to continue our work with Jeff as he looks ahead to further developing 目的’s strategic direction and building on the important and impactful work that he and so many in our community have started. 正如杰夫在一篇文章中分享的那样 大会讨论 last school year, "To be a community free from interpersonal harm must be a forever ambition. Although not easy to achieve, it is essential…that we strive for it together."
我们也很幸运地从这次经历中受益, 智慧, and commitment of Jeff’s wife Kara over these past 16 months and throughout her more than 20 years of service to the School. Kara is a caring and dedicated member of not only the 目的 community, 更广泛的欧康社区也是如此, evidenced by her recent selection as Grand Marshal of the town’s Fourth of July Parade. 她是O-Higher Ed的创始人, an organization that helps students of the Ojai Valley access higher education, 担任莫妮卡罗斯学校的图书管理员, both directly supports and coordinates student support of several community organizations throughout the Ojai Valley, 并监督校长家里的所有活动. Kara and Jeff are also the proud parents of two 目的 Toads—sons Hayden ’23 who graduated this June, 希兰25.
感谢我们的遴选委员会的时间, 护理, 以及帮助我们取得这一美妙成果的见解, 以及在整个过程中与我们合作的所有人, 分享你的观点和建议. 我们社区对撒切尔及其学生的爱是显而易见的, helping us to attract and secure the right leader for the next chapter of our wonderful school.