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

The Independent Thinking team's expertise on independent schools and leadership has been tapped by numerous national and regional organizations and publications.  

We have been workshop facilitators and  presenters on a range of topics at conferences put on by:

  • AISNE: Association of Independent Schools of New England

  • Alumni Alliance (Boston area independent schools)

  • CAIS:  California Association of Independent Schools

  • CASE: Council for Advancement and Support of Education 

  • ISANNE:  Independent Schools Association of Northern New England

  • Kingswood-Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color

  • NAIS: National Association of Independent Schools

  • NYSAIS:  New York Association of Independent Schools

  • PEJE:  Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education

  • PoCC: People of Color Conference

We have been guest speakers on:

  • InspirED School Marketers podcast

  • AdmissionsQuest podcast

We have offered our expertise for articles or chapters in:

  • The NAIS Head of School Search Handbook (to be published 2017)

  • Net Assets NBOA: National Association of Business Officers magazine

  • The Yield:  Enrollment Management Association (formerly SSATB) magazine

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 now a boarding school triple-threat

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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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Kristin Runey, Manager & Editor of The Letters

  • 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

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

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Rockport, MA 01966


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