Craig School New Jersey

The Craig School Announces Susan Schmitt as New Head of School

Susan Schmitt is a career educator and administrator and will be joining The Craig School as Head of School starting July 2023.  She comes to us with more than thirty years of experience including teaching at the high school and higher education levels, curriculum development, academic leadership, and expertise in language-based learning differences.


Dear Craig Community,

I am writing to follow-up on my email from Friday January 12. Below are the details about parent meetings with our four finalist candidates. On each date listed below, there will be three parent meetings at the times and locations listed. We will send zoom information as the date gets closer.

Thank you,

Peter Maciejewski

Finalist meeting dates for parents 

  • Friday January 20
  • Tuesday January 24
  • Friday January 27
  • Wednesday February 1

Meeting details:

  • High School Parent Meeting    11:00-11:45 AM   - Montville Campus - HS Room 103
  • All School Zoom Parent Meeting – 12:45-1:45 PM – Online Zoom meeting
  • Lower/Middle School Parent Meeting 1:45-2:45 PM – Mountain Lakes Campus – Cozine Auditorium

Dear Craig Community,

I am very happy to announce that we have four finalists scheduled to visit our campus during the next three weeks. Each finalist will spend two full days
on campus with a robust schedule of meetings. I will distribute each candidate's background information shortly before each visit. Carney Sandoe, our search consultant, will distribute an online survey so that the entire Craig Community can provide feedback.
There will be a separate survey for each candidate. Teacher meetings are scheduled during the school day at times that have the least possible disruption to academic schedules. Parent meetings are scheduled on the 2nd day of each visit. There will be separate
in-person parent meetings for the lower/middle school and high school. In addition, there will be an online parent meeting for those whose schedule does not permit a campus visit.

I strongly encourage everyone to participate in the campus visits and provide feedback through the survey process. Please keep in mind the job description
that Carney Sandoe prepared based on input from the entire community. This document is available on the school website and it was emailed to you last week. We are evaluating candidates in the context of this key document.

Our finalists are accomplished educators who devoted their careers to helping children. It is my sincere hope that the entire Craig Community demonstrates
our school spirit towards the candidates. Let us welcome them to campus and show our Badger spirit! Regardless of the search outcome, these distinguished finalists are working towards the same goals as Craig in the wider community of independent schools serving
students with learning differences.

I will be in-touch with further information next week.

Thank you,

Peter Maciejewski, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee


Thursday/Friday - January 19/20

Monday/Tuesday - January 23/24

Thursday/Friday - January 26/27

Tuesday/Wednesday- January 31 / February 1

Dear Craig School Community,

Welcome to the search process for our next Head of School. The selection of our next Head of School is one of the more important decisions we will make as a Board of Trustees. I am excited to serve as Chair of the Head of School Search Committee.

We are committed to a thoughtful process, inclusive of the Craig community. With that in mind, we want to share our progress to date. First, we are pleased to introduce the additional members of the Head of School Search Committee:

  • Jackie Veliky, Chief Financial Officer
  • Frank Velocci, Board Chair
  • Jennifer Schoolfield, Trustee
  • Laura Given, faculty member at the Craig Lower School
  • JC Simpson, faculty member at Craig High School

Dr. Kara Loftin, Head of School, and Janet Cozine, retired Director of the Lower and Middle School, will help the search committee, but they will not be voting members. I am sincerely grateful for their support and counsel. We will greatly benefit from their knowledge and experience.

We are grateful for the willingness of the committee members to engage in this important work and thank them in advance for giving their time and energy to support our school.

The Search Committee is committed to keeping the Craig community informed and engaged throughout the search process while respecting the confidentiality of the candidate recruitment process. We will coordinate input from Craig’s varied constituencies, work with our selected search firm, Carney Sandoe &Associates, and organize and conduct interviews with the semi-finalists and finalists. At the end of the process, the Search Committee will present one broadly supported candidate to be confirmed by the Board of Trustees. Information regarding the process and each communication will be available to you through the School’s newsletter as well as available on the Head of School search page on our website.

Save the Date – November 7th and 8th - Search firm campus visit and online survey

A successful head of school search requires input from the entire community. The search process starts with our external consultant, Skip Kotkins, Carney Sandoe & Associates, preparing a robust summary of the challenges and opportunities facing the Craig School. This important document is shared with prospective candidates. It is very important for everyone to understand the scope of work because it may seem like Skip is gathering data for a process improvement project, but he is really preparing a customized executive job description that will help connect us with the right candidate.

Skip will visit the high school and the lower/middle school on November 7th and 8th. Please save the date on your calendar. We will schedule numerous meetings so that Skip can directly meet with the community and receive your feedback and perspective. We will send further details on the campus visit in the next few days. There will be separate parent meetings for the lower/middle school and high school. We will also have morning and evening parent meetings. Finally, we will have professional staff meetings in the morning and afternoon immediately before and after school.

Skip is also requesting your feedback through an online survey Craig School Survey The survey is independently administered by Carney Sandoe, and your contribution is anonymous. The survey questions are designed by Carney Sandoe and represent their standard questions. I would like to encourage everyone to complete the online survey and participate in the campus meetings next week. The survey is open from now until November 9.

While we embark on this endeavor to find the new head of school, the important work of the Craig School continues each day. On behalf of Frank and the board of trustees, we are sincerely grateful for the teachers, staff and administrators who help our students each day with passion and dedication. You are truly transforming lives and fulfilling the mission of the Craig School to educate students with language-based learning disabilities.


Peter Maciejewski, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee


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