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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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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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Justin Solomon, Senior Consultant

  • First independent school job: “triple threat” at Cranbrook-Kingswood and then Shady Side Academy, teaching History and English, coaching and dorm-parenting.

  • Other school work: Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement at the Forman School and The White Mountain School. First administrative role was serving Shady-Side as Director of Residential Life.

  • Graduate: St. Paul's School (NH), Amherst College

  • Relevant: two sons are independent school graduates and both have taught and coached at independent schools

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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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