Tom Hoerr, Head of School at New City School, Plans Retirement After 2014-2015 School Year

Tom Hoerr has announced that this year, his thirty-fourth as Head of School, will be his last, and that he will retire on June 30, 2015.Patricia Nuernberger, the current Assistant Head of School for Academics at New City School, has agreed to assume the role of Interim Head of School, effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Tom, a former principal in the School District of University City, came to New City School in 1981. In his 34 years at New City, the school has experienced significant growth, including more than 1,000% increase in the amount of need-based aid given to students, the renovation of the school’s building and grounds, including acquiring land for playgrounds and creating the world’s first multiple intelligences library, the addition of a financial aid endowment fund, and more.

In 1988, Hoerr introduced the theory of multiple intelligences to New City. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in multiple intelligences implementation and has given hundreds of talks on the subject. In addition, Tom has authored over 90 articles and four books on multiple intelligences, leadership, and grit. He and the faculty also authored two books on multiple intelligences.

Tom says, “I feel fortunate to have worked with so many talented teachers and caring parents. In all that we do, we strive to prepare students for success in the world, not settling for success in school. As wonderful as New City is today, I am confident that it will continue to evolve and improve.”

The Interim Head of School, Patricia Nuernberger, has a profound commitment to New City’s students and to its mission. Nuernberger has been employed at New City for 18 years, including prior terms as Interim Head of School during Hoerr’s sabbaticals. The school has benefitted greatly from her knowledge of curricula, experience in education, and passion for its students.  

Nuernberger has been a teacher and administrator since 1974. She holds a B.S. in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a M.Ed. in Reading and Learning Disabilities from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. Nuernberger’s leadership will continue the momentum of growth and forward thinking cultivated and nurtured by Tom Hoerr so carefully throughout his many years of service to the New City School community.

The search for Tom’s permanent replacement is already underway, with a diverse group of current and formerBoard trustees forming the Head of School Search Committee. The goal of theSearch Committee is to find a new leader for New City School who shares andexudes the vision, passion, and culture that makes the New City community unique.

New City has also retained the services of Carney Sandoe & Associates to aid in the nationwide search, and to guide the Search Committee in their task. Carney Sandoe & Associates is the largest national educational firm providing search, recruitment and consulting services for its client schools. Established in 1977, and assisted by a National Advisory Board of educational leaders, Carney Sandoe has completedmore than 750 successful searches for school heads and other top administrators in 46 states, the District of Columbia and internationally. Carney Sandoe’s consultants share more than 500 years of experience as leaders in schools, on boards of trustees, and in private industry.

New City School is excited to embark on the next chapter in its history, and confidently anticipates the vision andtalents of the next Head of New City School.

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