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The Northwest School Selects New Leader
Posted 10/05/2020 09:53AM

National search yields prime candidate as Interim Head of School  

Seattle, WA. – The Northwest School announced today that it has selected Dennis Bisgaard as Interim Head of School for the 2020-21 school year. Bisgaard brings 15 years of wisdom and experience as Head of School in independent schools. He begins his leadership role at Northwest School on October 1, 2020.   

“My focus as interim head of school will be to care for the school and its people and identify and advise the school on opportunities to celebrate its strengths,” says Bisgaard, whose background includes international boarding and domestic programs and extensive work in community building, strategic planning, financial management, admissions, and development. “I’ll work to provide focus and strategies as to where to head next.” 

Previously, Bisgaard was Head of School at Kingswood Oxford School in Hartford, CT, for 12 years, where he founded the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color. Before that he was Associate Head of School at Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, for six years; and Associate Dean of Faculty and Director of Diversity at Collegiate School in New York, NY, where he founded The Collegiate School Teaching Institute  for Educators of Color. Most recently, Bisgaard served as the founding Head of School for Whittle School & Studios in Washington, D.C. He has participated in and presented at forums and conferences around the world, including the Think Tank on Global Education at Harvard University; the Global Education and Skills Forum, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools (OESIS) conference in Shanghai, China.  

Bisgaard was born in Germany and grew up in Denmark, where he also earned his first graduate degree, and studied in Canada and the U.S. before moving to the States permanently, 31 years ago. He later completed an MA in Educational Administration at Columbia University. Bisgaard speaks English, Danish, and German fluently, and also knows his way around Swedish, Norwegian, Latin, and French. He began his educational career in the U.S. as a classroom teacher, coach, advisor, and DEI practitioner. 

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