Head of School Search
The Explorer West Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Barbara Frailey as our next Head of School, beginning July 1, 2019.
Barbara is a dynamic, engaging leader with strong communication skills, and most importantly she has a passion for working with middle school students. The Board is confident and enthusiastic about Barbara’s ability both to honor our past and to move Explorer West decisively forward as a leader in Seattle.
Barbara has asked us to share her thoughts on joining Explorer West: “Explorer West is such a unique and inspiring school, and I am very honored and delighted that your community has chosen me to lead it. Thank you to each and every person involved in the search for the warm welcome, the tough questions, and the authentic sharing of Explorer West’s values and culture. I look forward to getting to know all of you better over the coming months, and I simply can’t wait to join you this summer as your next Head of School!”
We are incredibly fortunate to have had the benefit of Evan Hundley’s leadership for the past 11 years. We will continue to benefit from his leadership in this, his final year, while Barbara completes her work at Seattle Girls’ School. Throughout the year we will have several occasions to celebrate Evan’s extraordinary legacy and express our gratitude to him. We will also work closely with Barbara to integrate her into the Explorer West community to ensure a smooth transition.
Our full announcement can be found here: Barbara Frailey HOS Announcement
Head of School – Evan Hundley
Evan Hundley (or Mr. H as he is known by the student body) has been with the school since July 2007 when he joined the community as the first non-founding Head of School. Evan is an experienced educator and coach with a 14 year teaching and coaching legacy at University Prep. He is also known in local tennis circles for running the Sand Point Golf & Country Club tennis program for 12 years.
Evan is renowned for his ability to challenge students and bring classrooms alive with role-playing, reenactments, and assigning projects that relate to real-world challenges. He is not a leader who sits in meetings all day, he participates in the day-to-day life of the school as a mentor, coach, and chaperone (sometimes all three in one day). As Head of School, Evan has guided the community towards growth in enrollment with a newly expanded facility to match. In addition, he has reached out to build a remarkable network of community partnerships with schools, businesses, non-profits and individuals who are dedicated to supporting the school’s efforts to redefine the middle school experience.
Click here for Evan Hundley’s full bio in Faculty/Staff.