Dear Heronfield Community,

Heronfield Academy is pleased to announce that Betsy Kelly of Belmont, MA has accepted the invitation from the Board of Trustees to succeed Martha Shepardson-Killam as the Heronfield Academy Head of School, effective July 1, 2018.

Beginning in June of 2017, the Search Committee reviewed the credentials of more than twenty candidates from all parts of the country.  Nine of these applicants were then invited to visit the school as semifinalists. Along with one other candidate, Betsy was then invited to return, with her spouse, Chris for a longer visit.  Following this second visit, the Search Committee, voted unanimously to recommend the appointment of Betsy Kelly as our next Head of School. At a meeting on October 30 the Trustees unanimously accepted the recommendation of the Search Committee.

Betsy has spent eighteen years in independent education serving in leadership roles at Winsor School in Boston and Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. Betsy holds a Master’s degree in Education from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Art from American University, and a BA in Art from the University of Maryland.

We will be working to ensure a smooth transition, which will include an opportunity for Betsy to be introduced to the community.

The selection of the Head of School is one of the greatest responsibilities of Trusteeship.  All of us in the Heronfield family can be proud not only that Betsy has accepted the appointment, but also that the scope of the search was so extensive and the qualities of the interested candidates so outstanding.  We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to welcoming Betsy and her husband Chris to the school and community.  We are also confident that each of you will, in your own way, extend a warm welcome to our new Head of School.

Peter Angerhofer
Chair, Board of Trustees