Preparing Boys for Life

10th Head of School Tyler Casertano

Tyler Casertano, 10th Head of The Haverford School

The Haverford School’s Board of Trustees is excited to announce
Tyler Casertano as our 10th Head of School.

Casertano, who currently serves as the Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy at St. Albans School, a school for boys in grades 4-12 in Washington, D.C., will begin his tenure on July 1, 2021.

Tyler was selected after an extensive national search conducted by the Head of School Search Committee, chaired by Bart Smith '95, P'28 '30, and the School's search partner, Carney Sandoe & Associates. Throughout the search process, the School received feedback from more than 700 people in the Haverford community and received application materials from upwards of 140 exceptional leaders in education. The Search Committee found Tyler’s experience, leadership, and commitment to boys’ education to be inspiring and believe he is the perfect candidate to lead
Haverford forward.

“I am honored to serve as Haverford’s 10th Head of School. From the moment I stepped on campus, I could feel the energy, enthusiasm, and sense of community that permeate the classrooms, hallways, studios, and fields,” said Tyler. “One of the nation’s great boys’ schools, The Haverford School has a deep tradition of knowing, valuing, supporting, and challenging each boy in the most nuanced and dynamic ways, and of creating the shared experiences that build community and reinforce the values of the institution; values that prepare Haverford School boys for life. We need men of character, intellect, and compassion who will transform the world, and I am thrilled to lead an institution dedicated to that charge.”

“During my time spent with Tyler both at Haverford and his home in Maryland, I found Tyler to be keenly interested in working with the faculty, the coaches, the leadership, and - most importantly – the boys,” said Maurice Glavin ’83, P’14 ’16 ’20, Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees. “He understands the nuance of independent school education and the role it plays in our community. Tyler is also a proven advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and appreciates Haverford’s journey to date and the role it plays in shaping our boys as they prepare for their futures. I couldn’t be more excited to begin this new chapter at The Haverford School with the Casertano family.”

A great believer in independent schools and, specifically, in boys’ schools, Tyler was immediately drawn to Haverford’s commitment to community, character, scholarship, and developing the whole child.

“In my experience, a boys’ school has the unique capacity to create an immediate sense of togetherness and belonging that gives a student the confidence to engage deeply, to embrace the vulnerability and discomfort that are central to the learning process and to adolescence, and to bring his whole self to school each day,” said Tyler. “So much of that stems from the fact that a boys’ school presents a student with the opportunity to grow, play, and experiment within a structured support system that plays to his strengths.”

Maurice Glavin ’83, P’14 ’16 ’20, Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees, Tyler Casertano, 10th Head of School, and Bart Smith '95, P'28 '30, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee.

 

Tyler’s work at St. Albans has touched nearly every area of school life. He has taught United States History and Cities and Civilizations, a ninth-grade ancient history course, and has served as an advisor to 11th and 12th graders. He received the school’s Hall-Hoffman Award, given annually to an exemplary teacher-coach, and has twice received the University of Chicago’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He has served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, where he helped to strengthen and diversify the applicant pool to enhance the quality of students matriculating to St. Albans. He has managed the school’s financial aid budget, and run the school’s accreditation review process.

In Tyler’s current role, he oversees the development, admissions, and communications offices, sits on the Governing Board’s Diversity Committee, Finance Committee, Development Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee, and has spent the last two years helping to lead the school’s strategic planning process. While holding these roles, he has continued to teach, and to serve as an Upper School advisor and as the Associate Head Coach of the varsity lacrosse team.

The son of educators, Tyler grew up on two boarding school campuses: The Loomis Chaffee School and Millbrook School. Tyler attended Loomis Chaffee, where he graduated cum laude, played soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, and received the school’s major graduation award, before attending Yale College, where he majored in history and played lacrosse.

Tyler, who holds a master’s degree in Private School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, has also worked in curriculum design at a Brooklyn-based charter school network, and has volunteered at an educational NGO in Guatemala.

A devoted husband and father, Tyler will be joined by his wife, Annie, who works in real estate development, their daughter, Bailey (3), and their son, Mac (6), who will start kindergarten at Haverford this fall. 

The Casertano family

 


Thank you to the Head of School Search Committee for their dedication to this process and to the School. 

Thank you, also, to the members of the Haverford School community who shared their feedback, guidance, and perspectives during the search!


 

Head of School Search Committee

  • Maurice Glavin '83 P'14 '16 '20, Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Bart Smith '95, P'28 '30, Search Committee Chair
  • Caroline De Marco P’18 ’20, Search Committee Vice Co-chair
  • Randall Drain ’01, Search Committee Vice Co-chair
  • Jay Wilkins ’95, former trustee
  • Mike Selverian P’12 ’15, former Board of Trustees Vice Chair
  • Cackie Rogers P’06 ’08, former trustee
  • David Martinelli ’79, P’16 ’17, former trustee
  • Donta Evans P’27, Director of Admissions and Community Relations
  • Dr. Pam Greenblatt, Head of Lower School  

Tyler Casertano: Abbreviated CV

Education

  • The Loomis Chaffee School (graduated cum laude)
  • B.A, History, Yale College
  • M.A, Private School Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University

Career: 

  • Curriculum Designer, Ascend Learning Charter Schools
  • Upper School History Teacher/Coach, St. Albans School
  • Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, St. Albans School
  • Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Strategy, St. Albans School