About the School

Valley Montessori School is the largest not-for-profit, and only triple accredited school in California. The school is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) , the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). VMS is a certified California Green Business making it the only school in the Tri-Valley and just one of four Montessori schools in the state of California with this distinguished honor. Valley Montessori is a nationally recognized model of Montessori education, attracting the best and brightest educators and staff. 

Valley Montessori provides families a nurturing environment for children to start their journey as lifelong learners and become positive contributors to the world around them. VMS educates leaders through a proven method of 21st century learning.


Valley Montessori School offers a unique and exciting set of opportunities for its next Head of School.


  • VMS is one of the largest and strongest Montessori schools in the nation.
  • The school’s location and reputation ensure strong enrollment and a sound financial position for the future. 
  • The Montessori philosophy and practice are fully embraced by all constituents.
  • A “family” sense of community and belonging runs throughout the school. 
  • There is genuine respect and appreciation expressed for the dedication, professionalism, and warmth of the teachers and staff. 
  • The Board is strong, supportive, and intent on continuing to move VMS forward in critical educational and social causes. The administrative team is effective and collaborative. 
  • As a Green school, VMS makes the most of its natural setting and imparts strong values of environmentalism. 
  • Graduates of the program express a love of learning and do amazingly well in secondary school and beyond. 

The next leader of Valley Montessori School will not only embrace, but will also enhance the values and practices that will ensure a strong future and pre-eminent position among Montessori schools. 

Traits desired:

  • A clear understanding as well as deep appreciation and dedication for Montessori education.
  • The ability to convey the educational qualities to the broader community and to attract, hire, and retain the faculty and staff essential to the mission. 
  • A bold leader who develops a vision for the school’s advancement through listening to constituents, inspiring faculty, and working collaboratively with the Board. 
  • A leader who stays “ahead of the curve” in critical areas of technology, environmentalism, and social emotional learning.
  • Diversity Equity Inclusion & Justice is a top priority for the school. VMS is looking for a leader that embraces and will advance DEIJ across the various structures of the school. 
  • A friendly and visible leader who engages with children and teachers across the toddler-to-middle school spectrum.
  • One who supports the principles of teacher autonomy while ensuring accountability and professional growth. 
  • A leader with cross-cultural competency who will ensure that all members of the diverse community feel a genuine sense of belonging.
  • One who has business/finance acumen and an eagerness to fundraise. 
  • An effective communicator. A good mediator. A planner. A sense of humility. A sense of humor. A love of children. 
  • A leader who has a commitment to be involved in the greater community of Livermore – either in the Chamber of Commerce, or other relevant organizations.
  • A leader who can make great connections with principals of the schools where VMS children attend high school.

Click here to view the Information for Candidates report.

How to Apply

Application Materials Requested: Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following documents by November 1, 2021. EC partners are glad to discuss the opportunity and search process.

  1. Cover letter addressed to the Valley Montessori School Search Committee
  2. EC cover sheet (contact EC partner for this form)
  3. Resume
  4. Statement of leadership philosophy
  5. List of five references (name, contact information, relationship to candidate)
  6. EC Disclosure form (contact EC partner)

Application materials are to be sent in a single Word document or PDF. Confidential Inquiries are welcomed.

Application materials and inquiries may be submitted to:

Doug Jennings, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative

dougjennings2249@gmail.com or djennings@educatorscollaborative.com  317-319-2936


Mary Seppala, Partner, Educators’ Collaborative

maryseppala@gmail.com or mseppala@educatorscollaborative.com  610-772-7625