The Nueva School community is delighted to announce that Lee Fertig will become the next head of school. Fertig, who currently serves as director of the International School of Brussels, will assume his new position in mid-August, 2020.
“Lee has experience as a leader of some of the best and most diverse public and independent schools in the United States, Africa, South America, and Europe,” noted Nueva Board Chair Bruce Cozadd. “He is a mission-driven leader who embraces and organizes innovation in the service of learning. The Search Committee was uniformly impressed with Lee’s rich experience, his warmth, and his dedication to expanding the capacity of healthy organizations.”
Fertig is excited about his new role and upcoming move to California.
“I am truly humbled and honored to have the privilege to lead one of the very best independent schools in the United States, one that increasingly is becoming a global leader in learning for gifted students and other best practices in education,” he said. “The entire Nueva community genuinely embraces the central role that social and emotional learning plays in education, especially for gifted learners, which makes this professional leadership opportunity even more exciting for me.”
Fertig began his career in education as a math teacher at the Fieldston School in New York City. Intrigued by the possibilities in international education, he quickly took on his first leadership role as a high school principal in Ethiopia. He later worked as an upper school principal at the American School of Rio de Janeiro. After four years completing doctoral work in educational policy and administration, and teaching at the University of Minnesota, he became the head of a magnet school in Minneapolis. Fertig also served as the head of the American School of Barcelona, and the Graded School in Sao Paulo.
“As the Search Committee got to know Lee over the past few months, it became clear that his educational philosophy and leadership style align particularly well with Nueva’s values,” Cozadd said. “Lee understands our need to be forward thinking in a rapidly changing educational landscape. He seeks to empower diverse voices and perspectives, and to do so in a way that builds on the best of our programs in social-emotional learning, environmental citizenship, and design thinking.”
Fertig said he is extremely impressed by Nueva’s mission, learning principles, educational programs, and core values.
“It is obvious that the people behind all of this make Nueva so special,” he said. “Without exception, I have been inspired by everyone's passion, dedication, intellect, ambition, and heart. I cannot imagine anything more invigorating than to be fully immersed in this amazing ethos. I assure you of my commitment to honor the mission-based integrity that is already so evident within the community.”