Head of School

At the end of the 2021-22 school year, Head of School Amani Reed will conclude ten years of School at Columbia University leadership. Mr. Reed has been a central and valued presence in the TSC community over the past decade; he is a trusted educator, mentor, role model, and administrator. Under his leadership, TSC has truly embodied its mission and dedication to educational excellence, diversity, and social responsibility. He fostered evidence-based approaches to learning, with a sustained focus on strengthening The School’s partnerships with Columbia University and drawing on the University’s tremendous pedagogical resources. His leadership, particularly through the challenges of the past year and a half, has resulted in a remarkably strong foundation for The School’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence.

The School and Columbia University’s Office of the Provost are very pleased to share that Kathryn Kaiser has been appointed Interim Head of School for 2022-23. Ms. Kaiser’s extensive experience, deep knowledge of and dedication to The School, and impressive pedagogic background will ensure stability and continuity for The School through the transition.
Columbia University’s Office of the Provost and The School are embarking on a robust search for a new Head of School and will continue to share details with the TSC community as they are finalized. A search timeline can be found below.

About Kathryn Kaiser - Interim Head

Ms. Kaiser has served as an administrator at The School from its very inception, beginning as a curriculum design team member while the school building was under construction. Most will already know her in her current role as Primary Division Director, a post she’s held for the past fifteen years. Kathryn has an Ed.D in educational technology and an M.Ed. in private school leadership from Teachers College, in addition to undergraduate and master’s degrees in elementary and special education preceding her time at Columbia; she is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration at SIPA. Kathryn has frequently presented The School’s innovative curriculum and pedagogy to global audiences, including ones in the U.S., China, Turkey, Cuba, the UK, Italy, and India. In addition to her work at Columbia, Kathryn has been a tireless advocate for public education, especially in the realm of literacy — most recently serving as chair of the board at Literacy Trust, a non-profit organization providing research-based reading interventions and teacher training in NYC public schools.

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