New Head of School Announced for 2017-18
Dear La Reina Community Members,
It is a pleasure to announce the selection of Tony Guevara as our new Head of School.
On Wednesday, La Reina’s Board of Trustees enthusiastically and unanimously approved the Search Committee’s recommendation that Tony become the new Head of School effective July 1, 2017.
The Search Committee and Board are grateful to all who met with Tony and offered their thoughts. Survey responses from La Reina parents, faculty and staff were pivotal in informing the Committee’s decision-making and echoed many of the points communicated through an exhaustive reference process.
As the Search Committee considered four strongly qualified finalists, Tony clearly stood out as the best match. Tony’s “fit” with the values, culture and needs of La Reina led to the Search Committee’s recommendation. Based on your feedback, I am confident that Tony will be warmly welcomed by the La Reina community.
Informed of his selection, Tony shared, “I am awed and overjoyed to have been chosen to lead La Reina High School and Middle School. La Reina has built a strong tradition of excellent single gender girls’ education on the foundation of the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame. It will be my honor and privilege to collaborate in this mission with our faculty, staff, families, board and benefactors. Together we will continue to build the legacy of La Reina for current and future generations of Regents.”
Tony is a passionate advocate of single gender education. He began his career as a teacher and coach at an all-boys Catholic school in Northern California. He expresses a deep commitment to ensuring that the vision and educational principles of the Sisters of Notre Dame continue to inform the life of the school and define what is truly great about La Reina.
Throughout the search process Tony stood out as an enthusiastic, thoughtful and seasoned leader, committed to demonstrating his faith through his actions. Tony shared that he sees his work in Catholic schools as a vocation wherein he is called to be a spiritual leader and model his faith and core values throughout his daily life. An important aspect of the search process was to speak with Tony’s references, many of whom described him as, “deeply spiritual,” and someone who, “truly lives his faith.”
With a breadth and depth of experience spanning more than three decades in a wide range of academic leadership positions -- including his current responsibilities as President of Blanchet Catholic School in Salem, Oregon -- Tony brings a deep understanding of all facets of school operations to La Reina. He has a strong background in fundraising and enrollment management. In terms of his leadership style, colleagues of Tony describe him as a, “highly respected and collaborative leader,” particularly skilled at “developing meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, parents and donors.” Others describe Tony as a, “sincere and an active listener,” and a “visionary leader who infuses the mission of the school in all things.”
I also want to take the opportunity to thank Anne Rog who has established herself as an extremely well-liked and respected leader in the past few months. The Board is sincerely grateful to Anne for her willingness to lead during this transition period. I am especially pleased to share that Anne will continue in a leadership role at La Reina going forward and will work closely with Tony as a member of the transition team helping to ensure continuity of programming and leadership.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your participation in this process and your continued support of our great school.
Please join me in welcoming Tony to the La Reina family.
Henry K. Workman, Jr.