Paul H. Wiley Appointed Interim Head of School
The Common School Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul H. Wiley as the School’s Interim Head of School, effective July 1, 2018. He will succeed Christine Lindeman, who will leave the School on June 30th after seven years as Head of School.
Paul H. Wiley brings to The Common School 46 years of experience as a teacher, program coordinator and administrator in elementary school education. For 18 of those years, he served as the principal of Crocker Farm Elementary School in Amherst, and more recently, has worked successfully with local government and non-profit institutions on leadership development, conflict resolution, and diversity training. Wiley has extensive experience working with diverse organizations to build effective teams and cohesive, collaborative educational communities. He has served as an associate consultant for the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association and as a facilitator and national leadership coach for the National Institute for School Leadership. According to Common School parent and Board Chair, Chrystal Wittcopp, “Paul possesses the skills, experience and leadership qualities to effectively guide The Common School’s child-centered mission of engaging students in a transformative, progressive education.”
Wiley attended Bowdoin College and received a Masters in Counseling from the University of Southern Connecticut. He received his formal training in mediation through the Parent/Adolescent Mediation Training Program, the Center for Dispute Settlement and the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C.
“I am honored to have been named Interim Head of School for The Common School, and I look forward to leading the School as it seeks to live out its vision and mission during a time that promises to be filled with opportunity for growth and development.” said Wiley.
Paul H. Wiley and his wife, Dr. Pat Romney, live in Amherst.
Board of Trustees
Renae Brodie, Current Parent
Nicole Bruno, Current Parent
Ken Carter, Current Parent
Rene Davis, Alumni Parent
Bob Fitz, Treasurer, Alumni Parent
Sean Glennon, Alumni Parent
Tim Hampson, Current Parent
Mark Hankowski, Current Parent
Adam Honig, Current Parent
Geoff Hudson, Sec’y, Current Parent, Alum ’79
Ben James, Current Parent
Devon Kelting, Current Parent
Michelle Parrish, Faculty
Andrew Poe, Vice Chair, Current Parent
Chrystal Wittcopp, Chair, Current Parent
Cathy Wolf, Faculty