Announcing Our New Head of School!

We are thrilled to announce that the new Head of School at The Northwest School is Ray Wilson. He will be joining our community beginning July 1, 2021. Ray is an experienced leader who brings 28 years of teaching and leadership experience in independent schools. As a progressive educator, he believes in the primacy of academics and the value of experiential learning that is relevant to student’s lives.

“I am excited about this opportunity to work with students and colleagues in Northwest School’s unique learning environment,” says Ray. “I believe that a day/boarding school education is a dynamic pathway for engaging students both academically and socially as they strive to develop a deeper understanding of themselves by working with peers from various parts of the world. Northwest is a school that has committed its faculty and resources to ensuring that its students thrive beyond measure, while providing a learning community steeped in trust and interdependence.”

Ray brings a background in sociology, having earned his BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and he brings an M.Ed. in Organizational Leadership from Holy Names University, Oakland, California.

Currently, Ray serves as Upper School Director at The Bush School, a role he has held for the last eight years. Over his career, Ray has worked in day and boarding schools across the country, including the Park Day and Redwood Day Schools in Oakland, California, (PreK-8); Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California (9-12); St. Andrew’s School, Savannah, Georgia (K-12); and Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, Virginia (K-12).

Ray’s impressive breadth of experience in education includes his tenures as history teacher, Middle School & Upper School Director, Director of College Counseling, Director of Athletics, Assistant Dean of Students, international boarding/dorm parent, domestic and international admissions panels, Finance Committee, campus master planning, and new building campaigns and construction.

Beyond the campus, Ray is on the Steering Committee of the Pacific Northwest chapter of People of Color in Independent Schools. He is also actively engaged as a leader and speaker in the Northwest Association of independent Schools’ professional development programs. He has also spearheaded diversity workshops on curriculum development, student support, and building inclusive school culture.

Those who have had the pleasure to meet Ray in the search process describe him as “warm, calm, thoughtful, and trustworthy” and as and experienced teacher and leader who “listens and cares deeply about people.” We are excited and honored to welcome Ray and his family to The Northwest School!