Head of Greenwich’s Whitby School steps down
GREENWICH — The head of Whitby School has decided to step down and leave at the end of this school year, the Board of Trustees announced Wednesday.
Jason Anklowitz became of head of school at the private school in Greenwich last July.
“We respect Jason’s decision and appreciate that he has agreed to stay on through the end of the school year to ensure a smooth transition,” said Bernadette Rohrbasser, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We are grateful for Jason’s leadership and contributions to Whitby School and thank him sincerely for his work.”
The Board of Trustees has formed a committee to conduct an immediate search for an interim head of school while they conduct a comprehensive search for a permanent head.
Bob Fricker of Carney, Sandoe & Associates has been retained to assist with this search process.
“Whitby was founded 60 years ago on the principle that each child must be seen, valued, and understood for achievement to happen,” said Rohrbasser. “This core belief will continue to drive us every day, and our board and dedicated faculty remain firmly committed to the teaching principles of both the Montessori Method and the International Baccalaureate. We will be firmly guided by these principles as we conduct our search for a future permanent head of school.”
Anklowitz was previously the associate head of Carlthorp School, a private K-6 school in Santa Monica, Calif. Before joining Carlthorp, Anklowitz spent five years as head of school for the International School of Trieste in Villa Opicina, Italy. He has taught in schools in Madrid, Washington, D.C., and Boston.
Anklowitz replaced former Head of School Bryan Nixon, who left Whitby to take a new position as head of school at TASIS England, in Thorpe, England. Simone Becker, assistant head of school and head of lower school, and Michelle Summers, chief financial officer and dean of business affairs, led Whitby on an interim basis between the tenures of Anklowitz and Nixon.
Whitby School incorporates a blend of Montessori methods in the early years and International Baccalaureate throughout the school. It has students from age 18 months through Grade 8.