Head of School Search

Search Update and a Survey –June 2017

We are happy to report the search for our next head of school is off to a strong start. Since we announced Gigi’s decision to step down in June 2018, we have formed a search committee, retained a search consultant and placed an initial job posting.

After thorough research, we are pleased to report we have selected Educators’ Collaborative (EC) as the firm to assist us with managing a thorough and open process. EC has deep experience working with, and evaluating independent schools across the United States and abroad.

Specifically, we have engaged Deirdre Ling, a senior partner at EC, with 14 years of search experience. She has helped over 80 boards identify heads of school throughout the country. Her EC partners are also available to assist with the identification and development of a pool of candidates well matched to the needs of Sophia Academy.



With these initial steps taken, it is now time to ask for your help. Will you consider sharing your thoughts and feedback on the characteristics our new leader should possess, by clicking the survey link:


We welcome your input by July 7, 2017

If you have a candidate for consideration, please share Deirdre Ling’s email: daling@comcast.net.

One final note, confidentiality is important in this process. The Search Committee will not publicly discuss the names of any potential candidates. This is important to protect the candidates and the integrity of the search.

Thank you for your help, and continued support.


Sophia Launches Search

Sophia Academy’s beloved Head of School Gigi DiBello has decided to step down in June of 2018. While it is never easy to have a dynamic leader leave, we are grateful for Gigi’s dedication, vision and plain old elbow grease in leading Sophia for the last decade.

Gigi has guided Sophia through a tremendous period of growth and change. From developing a top-notch faculty, who brought high standards and rigor to our classrooms, to working with architects and construction teams to build our first permanent home, Gigi has worn many hats during her tenure. And with each hat, the Sophia community has grown stronger.

Sophia board members, Suzanne Fogarty, Head of the Lincoln School and Joy Fox, who led Governor Raimondo’s transition team will co-chair our search committee. This group will run a thorough and open process to find a new head of school to lead us into the future. They will engage many of you to get your thoughts and feedback on the characteristics our new leader should possess. Their work will begin immediately and in earnest.

Read Gigi’s Letter to Board Chair Kim Perry

Lea la carta de Gigi al Presidente de la Mesa Kim Perry

Read Kim’s Letter to the Community

Lea la carta de Kim a la comunidad