Head of School Search

A letter from John Long,
Head of School
A letter from
Melissa Coleman Chair,
Board of Trustees

Search Committee

Bert Mellinger, Chair


Sehba Ali
Brett Busby
Blair Garrou
Vean Gregg
Pat Mitchell


Triangle and Heads Up

Marc Frankel

Judy Schechtman

Pat Bassett

Head Search Advisory Committee

POS Faculty and Staff
Rebecca Duran
Emily Hansen
Robin Lunsford
James Moudry
Maya Pinto
Ben Preston
Jeff Schneider
Mirani Smith
Simran Sood
Jami Sweeney
Mark Tucker
Miriam Winton

Parent Community
Jennifer Chavis
Joe Henry
Kelly Hill
George Levan
Michelle Lu
Kevin O'Gorman
Stelli Parsapour
Heidi Rosenstrauch
Zeenath Selvakumar
Nikayla Thomas
Alison Wong
Kim Yates

High School Students
Jordan Barger
Shiraz Ghauri
Isabella Neblett



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dear Post Oak School Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Head Search Committee, we are thrilled to announce Maura Joyce as Post Oak’s Head of School, beginning in July 2016.

The Head Search Committee conducted an extensive multi-step search process led by nationally-renowned educational consultants, Triangle Associates, which began by screening more than twenty international applicants and resulted in on-site interviews by two finalists last week. With input from our parents, students, faculty and staff, the Board is confident that Ms. Joyce has the passion, skills and strategic vision to build on the excellence of the Post Oak organization and take our school forward in the years ahead.

Ms. Joyce brings a wealth of experience to the position with a proven track record of success. She is a lifelong educator with a deep commitment to Montessori education and student outcomes. For over 14 years Ms. Joyce has served as the Head of School at the Montessori in Redlands, an AMI school serving students 18 months through 6th grade. She has been responsible for many aspects of the school’s growth and stability, including significantly growing the school’s enrollment, creating fiscal stability, leading the selection of their current facility, and leading the school through three successful accreditation cycles with the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC). Ms. Joyce is highly regarded throughout the AMI community and currently serves as President of the Montessori Administrators Association. Ms. Joyce earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the Loyola College of Maryland and her BA from Boston College. Of particular note, Post Oak Head of School John Long has been a long-time mentor, collaborator and peer of Ms. Joyce and feels strongly that she is the right person to succeed him.

School leadership matters, and the Head of School position is critical to our school’s success. We are fully confident that Ms. Joyce is the right leader for our community. Over the next few months, we will provide more information about how the community can participate in welcoming Ms. Joyce to her new home at The Post Oak School.

Thanks to everyone for participating in our Head of School search and providing valuable input during our process. It is one of Post Oak’s notable strengths to have such an engaged, close-knit community, and it was essential in the determination of our school’s next leader.

We wish you the very best during this holiday season.


Bert Mellinger
Search Committee Chair


Melissa Coleman
Chair, Board of Trustees