Accomplished school leader Ted Kalmus has been appointed to succeed Ruth Glass as the next Head of School at Lake Tahoe School.
Mr. Kalmus’s appointment follows a nationwide search process that yielded applicants from among the ranks of established independent school leaders across the country. It comes as Lake Tahoe School celebrates its 20th year and launches an ambitious campus expansion plan.
A self-described “retired poet and long-time outdoor guy” who impressed Lake Tahoe School teachers, parents, and administrators with his wisdom, humility, and warmth of personality, Mr. Kalmus will officially begin his duties as Head of School at Lake Tahoe School effective July 1, 2018.
“Ted comes to us with twenty years of experience in education,” said Lake Tahoe School Trustee Dana Kirkland, who co-chaired a Head search committee comprised of Lake Tahoe School parents, teaching faculty, and Trustees.
“We were looking for a leader who was an outstanding educator, someone who embodies our core values, a champion of the faculty, a skillful decision maker and ‘people’ person, among other attributes. Ted encompasses all of these things and more. We are delighted that Ted has accepted the appointment, and we look forward to welcoming Ted, his wife, Julie, and their two children to the school and community.”
In addition to his current position as Interim Head at Westside School in Seattle, Mr. Kalmus previously served as the Head of School of the Billings Middle School in Seattle for fifteen years.
He holds a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a masters in Poetics from New College of California. He earned his BA at Vassar in Literature.
“I am so convinced that we are going to be able to pull off a seamless, beautiful transition that you all will be proud of,” Mr. Kalmus said in his FaceTime session with the Lake Tahoe School faculty and staff announcing his appointment.
“I was inspired by the ways the LTS mission places lifelong learning, critical thinking, creative expression and the cultivation of humanist leadership at the center of its work. I was moved by hospitality of the community and the poise and care students express for one another and for their environment. I was inspired by the intelligence and intentionality of the LTS faculty and staff, and the ways they use place and community as a rich context for the learning that takes place in the classrooms and in the outdoors. Finally I was drawn to the ways that each constituency celebrates the strengths of the school, while also imagining the potential of its next chapter.
“That disposition represents to me a community committed to reflection and growth and an ambition to be all that it can for the LTS students of both today and tomorrow.”