2018 Head of School Search Process and Timeline

The Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees began a search for a new Head of School in July of 2018 with the support of the consulting firm Educational Directions. A search committee was appointed earlier in the spring of 2018, and that committee has been meeting regularly to create a job description and review Head of School candidates.

The search committee, made up of five board members, two faculty members, and one community member, selected seven semi-finalists, and have narrowed that pool to three finalists. These individuals will each spend two full days interviewing on campus, meeting groups including students, faculty and staff, administrators, parents, trustees, and a community advisory committee.

Short bios of each finalist can be found below, along with the date and time of the parent meeting and a link to a survey soliciting feedback for each candidate.

Third Finalist Visit: Christopher L. English, October 18-19, 2018

Christopher English

Christopher English

  • Meeting for staff: Thursday, October 18, 3-4 pm in the Dining Commons
  • Meeting for Parents: Thursday, October 18, 4-5 pm in the LA Library
  • Link to Christopher English feedback survey.  Please note that this survey will close on October 20 at 8 pm.

Current Position:

Associate Head of School for Curriculum and Pedagogy (2016- ) at the Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri, which has 700 students in grades K-12.

Leadership Experience:

In his current role at The Barstow School, Chris is responsible for everything academic in a strong K-12 independent school. Previously, as Assistant Head at Wasatch Academy in Utah, Chris was a visionary leader who demonstrated flexibility and skill when he managed an international satellite school for Wasatch in addition to his academic duties.

Chris is a collaborative leader who empowers educators to work together to create enduring learning experiences for students. He is an expert on best practices in learning and pedagogy, and has championed experiential, relationship-focused learning based in differentiated instruction.

Additional Skills and Work Experience:

Chris has been a frequent presenter at NAIS, TABS and in China on topics as diverse as paperless learning and the neurodevelopment of children. The work Chris did in China has given him a close and up to date perspective on international boarding students and the marketplace.


Married to Lori and they are the parents of twin girls, Emma and Kate, who will graduate from Barstow and enter college in 2019.

Click here for the feedback survey for Christopher English.

Link to Finalist Jeff Burroughs info
Link to Finalist Scott Spence Info