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Announcement - Interim Head of School

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce that Mrs. Lenesa Leana has accepted the Board’s invitation to serve as the SLES Interim Head of School for the 2018-2019 school year. 

Lenesa’s impressive background as a teacher, a division head, a head of school and most importantly, an advocate for children, makes her the perfect choice for the SLES family. 

Recently Lenesa spent time on campus, meeting children, teachers, staff and trustees and becoming acquainted with our school’s distinctive culture. It was evident to all of us, that Lenesa embraces The SLES Way and is an excellent fit for our school.

Here are some observations about Lenesa:
    *Loves teaching children
    *Loves creating a system and a culture that enables teachers to bring out the best in children
    *Loves helping to shape a caring community
    *Loves strengthening a school’s overall program to ensure that all children reach their full potential.

Lenesa is the right person to lead our beloved school at this moment in SLES’s history.

It is important to note that we had many well-qualified and impressive candidates to choose from, but Lenesa is our first choice.

Lenesa’s teaching résumé is impressive. Most recently she served a storied twelve year tenure as Head of School at the prestigious Belmont Day School in Boston. She led the school to new levels of achievement, both in the classroom and institutionally. Lenesa currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The Breck School, an Episcopal K-12 school in Minneapolis. Lenesa’s accomplishments include two published books on education.

I ask that you stop by the school next Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. when the Board of Trustees will host a reception in the Parlor to welcome Lenesa to the SLES Family. Thank you, in advance, for helping us make Lenesa feel welcome.


Will Collins

Chair, Board of Trustees

Lenesa Leana - Interim HOS

Announcement - Head of School Transition

Head of School, Tom McLaughlin, has informed the Board of Trustees that his service at St. Luke’s Episcopal School (SLES) will conclude at the end of the 2017-18 school year.  Tom leaves St. Luke’s with a heightened level of academic excellence, a renewed bond with St Luke’s Church and a foundation for strategic growth.

St. Luke’s leadership is well prepared for this transition. We are pleased to announce that John Webster has agreed to work with SLES through the time of transition and beyond.  John was the Head of School at San Antonio Academy for 32 years and his reputation for academic excellence and character education is nationally recognized.  Tom and John will collaborate to sustain the dynamic learning environment at SLES and to advance the school towards the ambitious goals clarified in the Strategic Plan for 2020.  This partnership will ensure a smooth transition for students, families and faculty.

St. Luke’s has also contracted with Diversified Search, a top ten national search firm, to help us identify a dynamic Interim Head of School for the 2018-19 school year and a permanent Head of School to begin in the fall of 2019. Pete Gillin, Managing Director, will lead our search.  Pete has more than 25 years of educational and search experience with extensive experience in the private school sector. Pete most recently led the successful search for the new Head of School at the San Antonio Academy.  His familiarity with the San Antonio market makes him an ideal fit for St. Luke’s.

Once an Interim Head of School has been hired, a national search will begin to identify candidates to become the new Head of School. This search will a be a transparent and inclusive process with broad community input from SLES parents, faculty, staff, students, alumni, St. Luke’s church members and other key stakeholders. 

A search committee will be created with different constituencies of the SLES community.  Information about the search committee and the search process will be shared as details about this important work develop in the weeks and months ahead.  The future is St. Luke’s Episcopal School is bright.  The Board of Trustees looks forward to working together to take SLES to an even higher level of excellence.