Independent Thinking was founded in 2000 by independent school professionals. We partner with schools to find great leaders.

Meet The Team


Jane Armstrong, Managing Partner

  • First independent school job: "triple threat" at the Peddie School, teaching English, coaching and dorm-parenting; later serving as Director of Publications

  • Other school work: Assistant Director of Alumni & Parent Programs at Amherst College (her alma mater), Dean of Students and Director of Residential Life at Garrison Forest School, Director of Development at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

  • Probably relevant: parent of 5 independent school graduates, one of whom is an independent school teacher and coach.

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Kristin Runey, Manager 

  • First independent school job: “triple threat” at Suffield Academy, teaching Spanish, coaching and dorm-parenting.

  • Other school work: Communications Coordinator and Spanish teacher at Saint Paul’s School in Clearwater, Florida

  • Graduate: The Collegiate School (Richmond, Virginia), University of Richmond, Trinity College

Bill Lyons, Managing Partner

  • First independent school job lasted 17 years and included just about everything at The Fessenden School: teaching English, coaching tennis, dorm parenting, serving as Assistant Head and Director of Development

  • Other school work: Dean of Students and Director of School Operations at Brewster Academy, and Assistant Head at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School

  • Graduate: St. Lawrence University and Boston University

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Amy Wheeler, Senior Consultant

  • First independent school job: "triple threat" at Lawrence Academy, teaching, coaching and running a dorm at Lawrence Academy.

  • Other school work: Admissions, Secondary School Placement, Associate Head of School at Ethel Walker SchoolShe serves on several Boards, works to reduce sexual abuse and misconduct in Independent Schools through Learning Courage

  • Graduate: Connecticut College and Boston College

The IT Commitment

We will...

  • Work hard and well for you

  • Value your school's resources

  • Listen well and respect your school's individuality

  • Connect you with great candidates