b'BY BETSY DRU TECCOIt took more than 900 hours for MontgomeryWhen I found Montgomery, Schools Search Committee to screen dozens ofI knew it is where I want to be.applicants and conduct in-depth interviews withA great school is like a partnereach finalist before Tom McManus was unani-mously selected as the next Head of School,in our parenting; it reflects our starting July 1, 2020. In describing why McMa- beliefs and helps guide our kids nus was chosen, the Board of Trustees Chairthrough childhood and prepares wrote to the Montgomery community: Tom is a seasoned academic leader who is passionatethem for the next step. about his philosophy and beliefs. He possesses a TOM M C MANUS, NEW HEADlove of children and has a deep appreciation forOF MONTGOMERY SCHOOL the distinctive environment that Montgomery has created and sustained. He also brings cre-ative insight and a high-energy level for leading Montgomery School into its next chapter.Located on 60 picturesque acres in Chester Springs, the co-ed, independent school for PreK through 8th grade students has a clear mission: To ignite each childs love of learning and foster their individual talents during the most forma-tive years in order to prepare them for future success.Said McManus, It takes real intentional-ity and commitment to live the mission and be able to walk on a campus and feel like school administrators are pursuing this goal. It is evi-dent when you are there. The children literally jump out of their chairs to describe subject mat-ter they are currently studying. They are chil-dren of character; confident leaders in their own learning; and learning to understand the world around them and ways to care for it. They re-flect the adults who create those conditions, and the intentionality that the teachers provide. Mr. Rajarigam,Head of Middle SchoolCHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM/ May/June 202061'