Dear Members of the CCDS Community:
On behalf of the Head of Upper School Search Committee, I am delighted to announce that Jenn Weinheimer has been named Cincinnati Country Day School's next head of upper school.
Jenn's appointment marks the culmination of a nationwide search that begin last semester. The search committee began the process by reviewing 60+ resumes, from which 15 candidates were identified for Skype interview sessions. The candidate pool was further narrowed to five finalists who were invited to visit our campus for a day of interviews with the search committee and community members, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, parents, trustees, and alumni. Based on their collective input and my personal conversations with Jenn over the space of three weeks, it became clear that Jenn would be the ideal person to lead our Upper School and further its legacy for academic excellence.
Jenn is currently the director of student life at Tatnall School, a pre-primary-grade 12 day school in Wilmington, Delaware. She also teaches English and serves as an advisor in Tatnall's Upper School. Prior to her tenure at Tatnall, Jenn was chair of the English department at the Winchester Thurston School (PA) and taught English and writing courses as a faculty member at Friends Select School (PA), Bancroft School (MA), and Saddle River Day School (NJ).
During her free time, Jenn enjoys reading (an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction), yoga, and traveling (including an occasional bungee-jump). Jenn is married to Brett Weinheimer, managing member of Weinheimer Holdings, a restaurant holding company based in Pittsburgh. They have one son, Knox (age 4), who will join the CCDS pre-primary program this fall.
Jenn earned her Ed.M. in school leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.A. in writing from Northeastern University (MA). She received her undergraduate degree in comparative literature from Hamilton College (NY).
Throughout the interviews, the committee was impressed with Jenn's intellect, her communication and interpersonal skills, and her strong belief in putting students at the forefront of all we do. Her glowing references further confirmed the committee's confidence in her ability to advance Country Day's mission. Overall, I know she will be a great fit for our students, our faculty, our families, and our program during this exciting time of growth.
Jenn will succeed Stephanie Luebbers who leaves CCDS after 11 years of loyal service to take the helm as head of school at the Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. We look forward to recognizing Stephanie and her many contributions at a celebration in the spring.
I would like to thank our Search Committee* for their leadership in undertaking this important role. The committee was deliberate and thoughtful throughout and created an experience that made Country Day highly attractive to the candidates. Their hard work will ensure our Upper School is guided by strong leadership in the coming years.
Please join me in welcoming Jenn, Brett, and Knox to Cincinnati. We are excited to have them join our Country Day family and look forward to their arrival in July.
*Head of Upper School Search Committee
Jamie Back, Co-Chair
Country Day names new head of upper school